Looking for a city getaway in Mexico that offers natural excursions, wine and art? Consider a stay in San Miguel de Allende. Here’s our insider tips.
Travelers will reach this historic city, in the heart of Mexico, by flying into Leon/Guanajuato Airport (BJX). San Miguel is about a 90-minute drive from the airport. International flights are available from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Atlanta. Other airport options include Mexico City Airport, which is about three hours away and Queretaro Airport about an hour away.
That’s right; just 15 minutes from the city are natural hot springs, which provide a perfect escape and relaxation. Guests can choose between hydrotherapy pools, water slides, thermal water and exclusive spas. Escondido Place offers travelers an oasis with 40 indoor pools, open-air pools and thermal water. This spa also provides massages, including body exfoliation. Another spa option is La Gruta. This spa is open from Wednesday to Sunday and gives guests access to the popular thermal water and massages. Children will love visiting Xote, which is more like a water park than spa, complete with twisting water slides and pools.
This region of Mexico is ideal for wine connoisseurs; there are four vineyards less than 20 minutes from San Miguel. Top Tip: Many hotels will arrange transportation to the vineyards and other sites. The nearby vineyards include:
Bodega Dos Buhos: This vineyard works with 10 types of grapes. Guests can plan special occasions like a picnic and wine tour afternoon. Tip: Bookings for the picnic must be made in advance.
Vinicola Toyan: The cellar welcomes large groups and couples for tastings. There is also an area that can host up to 30 people for special events.
Cuna de Tierra: This cellar is a destination in itself with its beautiful architecture.
Santisma Trinidad: A large percentage of this estate is dedicated to the vineyard, olive trees and lavender fields but this property also incudes a hotel with six rooms.
San Miguel de Allende is known for its art and historical sites and no trip to this city is complete without visiting The Parroquia of San Miguel Arcangel. This neo-Gothlic parish in the center of the city is one of the top sites. Located across from the main garden, Jardin Principal, the church is a must-see. Tip: The local choir sings in this church.
Fabrica La Aurora is the center of art and design in San Miguel. Here there are about 50 galleries, antique shops, furniture stores and some restaurants and cafes. We say it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon, as the best time to visit is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. While here check out the old machines and original pipeline that were part of the textile factory. This site is just a 15-minute walk from the main square.