TEATRO ANGELA PERALTA

Originally designed to host opera performances, Teatro Angela Peralta was inaugurated in 1873 and hosts a variety of musical events such as the Jazz Festival and the Chamber Music Festival.

VIVA LA INDEPENDENCIA!

The birthplace of Ignacio Allende, a hero of the Mexican independence movement, San Miguel de Allende is a special place to be on September 16, Mexican Independence Day. Festivities commence the night before in Jardin Principal, when the mayor rereads the proclamation or “shout” of independence known as El Grito.

CULTURAL APPRECIATION

Boutiques, galleries and markets in San Miguel de Allende are a treasure trove of art and handicrafts. From jewelry and textiles to glassware and pottery the quality and variety of handcrafted items is impressive.

SEMANA SANTA IN SAN MIGUEL

San Miguel de Allende’s Easter traditions date back centuries. The weeks leading up to Holy Week (Semana Santa) are filled with processions and events. Special masses, fireworks, indigenous dance performances and processions continue in the historic center through Holy Week.

FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS

New Year’s Eve in San Miguel de Allende is a thrilling spectacle. In Jardín Principal, San Miguel’s lively main square, in front of La Parróquia, local families and visitors alike congregate through the evening. Music fills the air as the excitement builds, until midnight when the sky is lit up with sparklers, firecrackers and fireworks.

Día de Muertos

The Day of the Dead, “Día de Muertos,” is celebrated throughout Mexico and is especially colorful in San Miguel de Allende. Starting November 1, multicolored offerings are placed around town using bright orange and fuchsia marigolds, food, calacas, candles and catrinas.

LA PARROQUIA DE SAN MIGUEL ARCANGEL

A pale pink and pastel orange church with two distinctive tall towers, La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel is the icon of San Miguel de Allende. Built in the 17th century with a traditional Mexican baroque facade. The ornate neo-Gothic facade was added in 1880, inspired by postcards of European cathedrals.

JARDIN PRINCIPAL

Following a tradition first introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century, - like every town in Mexico large or small - San Miguel de Allende has a central garden. Known as Jardin Principal, this is where friends meet and to learn what's going on in town.

Surrounded by natural beauty and history, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende is ideally placed for experiencing this fascinating colonial town. Guests are invited to explore local vibrant fiestas or the town’s colorful streets lined with churches, gardens and galleries at their own pace. Guests can appreciate the art of craftsmanship at galleries such as Fábrica La Aurora to discover stonework, papier maché and hand-blown glass masterpieces.

SHOP

Artisan Market

In this handicrafts market, some of the techniques and the materials that the artisans of the region utilize can be observed and bought, including brass, wool, carved quarry stone and mesquite wood, papier maché, blown glass, jewelry and pottery, carved stones and antiques. There is an immense number of stands at every turn that offer beautiful crafts, sure to delight all visitors.

Mercado de San Juan de Dios

Located about six blocks from the Jardín, this mercado is the newest of the covered markets. Built in 1992, it is frequented mainly by the Mexican population and it is very colorful. Most of the stands sell fruits and vegetables but some fantastic authentic local food can be found here too.

Fábrica La Aurora Art Design and Center

A textile factory for over 90 years, today this century-old building has been reborn as an art and design center. Maintaining its original façade and structure, large open areas once filled with spindles and looms for making thread and weaving cloth have been transformed into outstanding art studios and galleries, antique showrooms, and interior design and specialty shops in San Miguel de Allende.

ART

Bellas Artes

The national art institute, also houses galleries, a theater and a café

Teatro Angela Peralta

The neoclassic theater was inaugurated on May 20, 1873.

Casa de Ignacio Allende

The baroque-style colonial house, from the 18th century that was the birthplace of Mexican hero Ignacio Allende y Unzaga. It currently houses archaeological artifacts and historical documents from the 1700s to the Mexican War of Independence, along with works of contemporary art.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo y Parque Ecológico

The open-air art gallery and eco-tourism area offers mountain biking and horseback riding.

La Otra Cara de México

Unique collection of over 500 Mexican ceremonial masks and ritual attires. By appointment only.

The Heart of Frida Kahlo

Here, by appointment only, visitors can see recently discovered letters and drawings of Frida Kahlo not yet on public display.

ATTRACTIONS

Iglesia de la Concepcion

Iglesia de la Concepcion

Completed in 1891, this impressive church features a two-story dome and the elegant Corinthian columns inspired by Les Invalides in Paris.

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

San Miguel de Allende’s iconic landmark, this spectacular church was built in the early 1700s, with a neo-gothic façade.

Presidencia Municipal

Built in 1736, this building houses a painting depicting the creation of the first city council of independent Mexico.

Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez "El Nigromante"

Originally used as a convent when built in 1754, today Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez "El Nigromante” is a beautiful art institute.

Instituto Allende

The 17th-century weekend retreat of Count Tomas de la Canal is now a cultural institute open to visitors. Along with a cafe, restaurant and gallery of modern Mexican art, Instituto Allende also provides cultural, adventure and shopping tours.

Iglesia de San Francisco

This neoclassical church built in 1799 features one of Guanajuato’s finest Churrigueresque (Spanish Rococo) façades as well as interior paintings depicting St. Francis.

Santa Casa de Loreto

A reproduction of its namesake in Italy Santa Casa de Loreto was a church built in the 18th century with a baroque façade.

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Salud

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Salud is an18th-century church which has a façade in Churrigueresque (Spanish Roccoco) style with oil paintings depicting religious scenes.

Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal

This neoclassic building has an enormous wooden carved door featuring intricate baroque details.

Casa del Inquisidor

This 18th-century residence features an elaborate façade denoting strong French influence.

Biblioteca Pública

A beautiful colonial building, the Biblioteca Pública contains Mexico's second largest English-language library. On Sundays, a popular house-and-garden tour departs from the library.

Plaza Cívica

The public square was built in honor of General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga.

Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

Built in the early 1700s, the façade of this church is a beautiful and original example of baroque architecture. Inside are lovely neoclassic altars as well as works of art by Miguel Cabrera.

Paseo del Chorro

A water spring originally used by local indigenous peoples before being discovered by the Spanish in the 16th century. Paseo del Chorro is now a shady and peaceful park.

Parque Benito Juárez

Parque Benito Juárez is an expansive public park within San Miguel de Allende’s Centro Historico.

El Charco del Ingenio

Stunning botanical gardens are perfect for hiking, running, rappelling and mountain biking. Several times a month, ritual herbal steam baths known as temazcales are open to the public.

GOLF

San Miguel is home to two golf courses. Club de Golf Malanquin and the Ventanas de San Miguel, a Nick Faldo designed 18-hole course with great views of the city skyline. Both are a close 10 minute car ride from the hotel.

THEATER

Teatro Angela Peralta

Named after the Mexican opera singer Angela Peralta, this neoclassic theater was inaugurated on May 20, 1873. Today Teatro Angela Peralta is the venue for performances and cultural events such as the International Jazz and Blues Festival, Festival of International Chamber Music and Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF).

OFFBEAT

Biblioteca Pública

Biblioteca Pública is a beautiful colonial building containing Mexico's second largest English-language library and a café. On Sundays, the library runs a popular house-and-garden tour that escorts visitors into the casas of San Miguel residents. The tour raises funds for local children’s education charities and offers a unique insight into the daily life of the town.

Cañada de La Virgen

Impressive, recently excavated Toltec ruins about 15 miles outside San Miguel de Allende. Cañada de la Virgen was a religious and ritual power center linked with agronomic systems and commercial routes between 540 and 1050 AD. Horseback riding, hiking and astronomy tours are offered onsite.

ESSENTIALS

Fabrica La Aurora

A former textile factory from the early 20th century, Fabrica La Aurora now houses a beautiful art and design center. Visitors may explore working artist studios, as well as browsing in the antiques and contemporary art galleries and jewelry and clothing stores.

Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco

Located 9 miles from San Miguel, this Jesuit sanctuary dates back to the 18th century and is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque art and architecture in any former Spanish possession. The church and several smaller chapels are decorated with oil paintings by Rodriguez Juárez and mural paintings by Miguel Antonio Martínez de Pocasangre. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.