San Miguel de Allende, a surreal experience
The first time that I visited San Miguel was in Holy Week of 2018, and for us Mexicans that week is very important for our religion beliefs and of course, take a time off somewhere with your family or friends. I remember the first time that I saw the main building (La Parroquia of San Miguel) is the tallest building in the city, it has an impressive pink facade with turrets. When you visit this important religious site, known in the region simply as La Parroquia and dedicated to San Miguel, who is the patron saint of San Miguel de Allende you will want to take millions of photos.
Someone told me that in San Miguel de Allende you always have to look up and it is these little details that adorn the temples, facades or simply part of the urban landscape that detonate the history of this important tourist destination acclaimed for its cultural diversity.
It is enough to walk a few meters from the Main Garden to discover the place that the artisans of the area occupy to sell a lot of amazing things. The craft market becomes a must for shopping lovers. Lamps, mirrors, stars and embossed brass pieces, textiles, ceramics, blown glass hearts, wooden angels and paper mache dolls are just some examples of what you can find in more than 30 stores.
Walking through the streets of San Miguel de Allende I discovered a real jewel, the Twelve-18 located just a few meters from the Main Garden on Relox Street number 18. Do not let yourself be carried away by the entrance, although it seems it is just a store when you cross it, you will find a real refuge for contemporary artists who work with ceramics, florists, clothing, among others.
In addition, this place is one of the most famous restaurants in Mexico: Jacinto. But, do not be scared if this rest exceeds your budget, since right there are different options for all pockets with burgers, macaroni, mac & cheese, chocolates, pizzas, and tacos.
Sit on one of the wrought-iron benches that flood the plaza and enjoy some time in the shade of its laurels while you listen to musicians playing at the central kiosk, get a free hug or watch a group of older adults dance. Get a delicious ice cream or a typical Mexican street food like Tostitos, Ezquite and more.
Since I was visiting San Miguel during Holy Week (and the town is very religious) you will experience a live procesion like Jesus had. Be sure to be in front of the Parroquia getting shade in the trees because it tends to be very hot because of the sun. Wear a hat, sunblock and enjoy the parade.
Hope you’ll enjoy this town as much as I do! This year will be my third time visiting San Miguel, and every time is an amazing and different experience.