For decades this charming colonial city has attracted artists, writers and travelers from around the world. Two international schools of fine arts were founded after WWII, thanks to the determination and vision of an American named Stirling Dickenson. Many GIs took advantage of the variety of classes in language and the creative arts that were offered.
Many music lovers make the city their home for the annual Jazz and Chamber Music festivals during which world renowned musicians perform.
In the mornings, at the principle plaza (El Jardin), you can sit on one of the many benches amongst the friendly Mexicans and expatriates watching the activities of the day unfold. A few blocks away is the old market (El Mercado). Inside you’ll find a rainbow of colors provided by the flowers, vegetables, fruits and handmade piñatas. The market is always a hub of activity.
As you walk along the cobblestone streets shopping or looking for a place to dine, you can experience the sense of community and multi-generational family life that is so rich and prevalent here.
Those who spend a few days or a lifetime here are privileged to share in the rich and colorful history of this intimate mountain town. San Miguel has evolved over the past 50 years into a thriving and vibrant art community.
San Miguel de Allende's Weather
San Miguel has a pleasant spring-like climate throughout the entire year. The average temperature is about 55-57 degrees in the morning, with warm and sunny afternoons in the upper 70s to mid 80s. It then cools down again at night in to the mid 50s.... ahhh "sweater weather". At 6500 feet above sea level, the climate is similar to that of Colorado during the Summer months. The humidity and the temperatures are kept low and the air is clean and refreshing and the night skies are fabulous to gaze upon.
Many tourists from Canada and the northern states come to San Miguel during the Winter months, where they can enjoy beautiful sunny days in the mid 70s instead of the ice, snow and freezing temperatures at home. The winter mornings and nights still afford time in front of the fireplaces as the temps can dip in to the upper 30s occasionally. The normal Winter lows are in the mid to upper 40s. However, it still reaches the mid to upper 70s on a typical Winter afternoon.
The rainy season arrives after the hot dry month of May has passed, and San Miguel goes through a transformation into an oasis paradise. The countryside turns a verdant green and the streams being to run and the fields get irrigated. The months of June, July, August and September are just heavenly. There is usually a brief shower in the late afternoon during the Summer months up until the end of September. It is wonderful to listen to the thunderstorms rumble through the mountains in the late Summer afternoons. Everyday seems like a little slice of heaven on earth in our beloved San Miguel.