. The food is outstanding - including soup, main course, and dessert at lunch time. There is also an interior courtyard and rooftop garden. Owner is very warm and friendly. * *
of the Counts of the Canal, built in the 18th century and currently owned by the Banco de México. By the mid 16th century, silver had been discovered in Zacatecas and a major road between this area and Mexico City passed through San Miguel. Indigenous attacks on caravans continued and San Miguel became an important military and commercial site. To quell these attacks as well as rebellions against Spanish rule, the viceroy in Mexico City granted lands and cattle to a number of Spanish
, Brazil along with the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Jalisco), Mexico are considered to be the most important film festivals of Latin America. It was first held in 1973, awarding Latin American films. The Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival has been held since 1975 in that Spanish city. While the Expresión en Corto International Film Festival is the largest competitive film festival in Mexico, specializing in emerging talents, and is held each year during the last week of July in the two colonial cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Among Spanish speaking countries the Dominican International Film Festival is held annually in Puerto Plata, DR, the Valdivia International Film Festival is held annually in the city of Valdivia (Valdivia, Chile). It is arguable the most important film festival in Chile. Wikipedia:San Miguel de Allende Dmoz:Regional North_America Mexico States Guanajuato Localities San_Miguel_de_Allende Commons:Category:San Miguel de Allende
church bells, processions and fireworks. The largest celebration of the year is that of the town's patron saint, the Archangel Michael. The angel's feast day is 29 September, but festivities take place for an entire week. Activities include private parties, sporting events, cultural events, indigenous dance and more. The week is popularly called the Fiestas de San Miguel de Allende. An event, now discontinued for safety concerns, was the "
supplies and free English and computer classes for children. The library offers free English classes for children and the "Club de Amigos" so that Mexicans and foreigners can know one another. ref
and interior design, but the church was looted several times during Mexico's history so much of its decoration is lost. However, one significant image here is the "Señor de la Conquista", which was made of cornstalk paste by indigenous people in Michoacán. The sacristy contains a painting depicting the founding of the town in 1542 and its subsequent move to Izcuinapan in the El Chorro neighborhood
pieces in the courtyard of their home, but today they have a studio with two large workshops and operate a school for glassmakers, which trains about 50 people per year. One of their specialties is Tiffany-style lamps. A more recent development is the use of the town as a backdrop for the production of films and television programs. Both Mexican and foreign productions have been shot here, many of which feature gunfights by mustached protagonists. Projects
, it is not unusual to see someone sketching people on the street or selling their own work. More recently, the town has been attracting writers as well as artists. One annual event that caters to the writing community is The Writers’ Conference which brings together authors, editors and literary agents. The 2009 event attracted names such as Erica Jong, Todd Gitlen and Josephine Humphreys. Writers have lived here since the mid 20th century. Beat poet Neal Cassady died on the railroad tracks just outside of town. Other writers who have lived or spent time here include W.D. Snodgrass, Beverly Donofrio, Sandra Gulland, Tony Cohan, Joe Persico, Gary Jennings, Vance Packard, Lynette Seator and Dianna Hutts. Some have written books about the town, such as Elisa Bernick who wrote ''The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide To Living Abroad With Your Family''. Another writing event is Poetry Week, which began in 1997. Barbara Faith, a well-known author of romance books lived in San Miguel with her husband Alfonso Covarrubias. Economy Tourism and commerce Much of the municipality's economy is now tied to the influx of tourists and foreigners who come to live, mostly retirees. In 2002, 250,000 visitors spent about 8.4 million USD at the town's attractions, but those who live here contribute far more to the economy. Most of this is concentrated in the town of San Miguel proper. It accounts for over 36% of the municipality's jobs and most of the municipality's income. Tourism accounts for almost all of the municipality's income from outside. This began in the mid 20th century as a cheap place to live; however, despite recent economic downturns, it no longer is. This has not lessened San Miguel's attraction for foreign visitors and retirees as homes and hotels here are still significantly cheaper than in the U.S. or Europe. Despite not having a casino or an airport and being 400 miles from the nearest beach, this small city has been ranked by magazines such as ''Time and Leisure'' and ''Condé Nast Traveler'' as one of its preferred places to live and visit. Hotel occupancy typically reaches 80% on weekends with about 50% occupancy on weekdays, when rates can be about half. Most visitors are vacationers and about 60% come from abroad although domestic visitors have been increasing. Wikipedia:San Miguel de Allende Dmoz:Regional North_America Mexico States Guanajuato Localities San_Miguel_de_Allende Commons:Category:San Miguel de Allende
"usretirees" So many Americans live in San Miguel de Allende that there is a joke that the area is becoming less Mexican and more Disneyland . Estimates of foreign
residents range from 8,000 to 12,000 with about 7,000 of these from the United States alone.
and nightclubs. Bars and nightclubs range from DJs or loud bands catering to young people, to jazz clubs, sports bars and even those that specialize in traditional Mexican music such as mariachi. Some were founded by foreigners and reflect that ownership, for example the Berlin Bar & Bistro. Berlin Bar & Bistro Shops around
address Plaza Principal 8 lat 20.91454 long -100.74384 directions phone +52 415 152 1695 tollfree fax hours M-Sa 08:30-20:00, Su 10:00-17:30 price content Offers street maps and can arrange for Spanish or English tours of the city. San Miguel is, first and foremost, a city built for relaxing. It is a Spanish colonial town of perhaps 140,000 people; a heritage site protected by the Mexican government in order to maintain its character. In July of 2008 it was designated
airport. The driver will meet you inside the terminal, in the area where you clear customs. The rates are USD70-120. A 6 passenger SUV will be the highest and a sedan for 3 is around USD70. You can arrange transportation through your SMA hotel, etc., or book direct. A favorite is Julio and Antonio at 52 415 154 0708. If you contact them directly, you will save the hotels commission. There are others that are as nice and reputable. http
: sanmigueltransportation.webs.com Transportes Turisticos del Centro SA de CV offers a great service. They provide reliable and very comfortable vehicles, all their staff is English speaking and, best of all, low prices. By bus *
'''San Miguel de Allende''' is a city and municipality (municipalities of Mexico) located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. It is part of the macroregion of Bajío. http: t21.com.mx opinion bitacora 2013 08 16 bajio-nuevo-milagro-mexicano It is Historically, the town is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826, as well as the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule by the nascent insurgent army during the Mexican War of Independence.
However, the town waned during and after the war, and at the beginning of the 20th century was in danger of becoming a ghost town. Its Baroque (Baroque architecture) Neoclassical (Neoclassical architecture) colonial structures were "discovered" by foreign artists who moved in and began art and cultural institutes such as the Instituto Allende and the Escuela de Bellas Artes. This gave the town a reputation, attracting artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, who taught painting.
This attracted foreign art students, especially former U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill after the Second World War. Since then, the town has attracted a very large number of foreign retirees, artists, writers and tourists, which is shifting the area’s economy from agriculture and industry to commerce catering to outside visitors and residents.
The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic center, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. This and the nearby Sanctuary of Atotonilco have been declared World Heritage Sites.