San Miguel: Spires and Spice

La Parroquia San Miguel, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is almost as colourful as my spice rack!

60 miles through the hilly Mexican highlands lands us in the charming city of San Miguel de Allende.

Think Paprika…

San Miguel de Allende

Think Curry…

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Think Cayenne…

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Think Chilli…

San Miguel de Allende

 Think Tumeric…

San Miguel de Allende,Mexico

It was a twisty and winding road with a crazy bus driver that I yelled at a couple of times.  We were happy to bid him farewell.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico San Miguel de Allende is both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. San Miguel de Allende, MexicoWith its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine colored architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is a no doubt a very pretty town, maybe a bit too pretty.

There’s a hint of perfectness here.

Sam Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with very well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries plus Starbucks from the 21st century… arrghh.

Starbucks San Miguel de AllendeIt was recently included in UNESCO’s list due to its cultural diversity, buildings and monuments of great historical importance, which contribute culturally and architecturally to the Mexican Baroque.

San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Speaking of Mexican Baroque, lets take a look at the absolute highlight of our day (apart from our fish tacos)  – this is one church you simply cannot miss.  I’m sure we both photographed it from every angle!

La Parroquia San Miguel, Mexico The towering neo-gothic spires that protrude and the distinctive  facade will strike immediately you walk into the square.  Actually only the facade of the church is neo-gothic, the rest of the building dates to the 17th century, and is baroque in style.

La Parroquia San Miguel, Mexico

Also contrary to popular belief it is not actually a cathedral, it’s a local parish referred to as La Parroquia. A cathedral on the other hand is the principal church of a diocese, at which a bishop presides. (that’s todays piece of learning for me!)

Although a totally different type of structure to the rest of the city, it has without question become the emblematic symbol of San Miguel de Allende.

La Parroquia San Miguel,Mexico

And when you’re done marveling at this church, hail a cab for about 30 pesos and get a ride up the hill to El Mirador – pronounced El MEE RA DOOR.. here you’ll get a fabulous panoramic view of the city.  El Mirador San Miguel de Allende

Then walk down for more gorgeous views.

El Mirador San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel is a preferred destination of art lovers. Whether you’re an aspiring or accomplished artist, or just prefer to admire the creations of others, you’ll be happy here. Studio openings, courses and workshops form a vital part of the thriving arts scene. Galleries, boutiques and shops selling a wide range of art and handicrafts are plentiful so it won’t be hard to spend your money.  

Art in San Miguel
There’s also a substantial expat community in San Miguel, so it’s easy to find services in English and hotels and restaurants cater to the Americans, Canadians and Europeans who flock here. It is still very much a Mexican town, however, where locals cheerily co-exist with the foreigners who visit or call this city home.

What is your experience in  San Miguel de Allende? Go on – please share your story below.

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