How to Spend 1 Day in San Miguel de Allende
Topping some best-city lists, San Miguel de Allende is a hilly but walkable locale steeped in colonial history, dotted with ochre-colored buildings, and ideal for travelers looking for a laid-back experience. While it’s easy to spend weeks in San Miguel de Allende, here’s what to do with just one day.
Morning: Get to Grips with the City
Dive into the local scene on your first morning in San Miguel de Allende with some people watching in the zocalo. Anchored by the magnificent, pink-stoned Parish of St. Michael the Archangel (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel), this plaza is typically filled with vendors selling early morning elotes (corn on the cob) smothered in cream and cheese. There, enjoy a street-side breakfast before venturing to any one of the nearby cafés for takeout coffee. After a relaxed start to the day, make time for a brief, guided sightseeing tour—either private or shared—and benefit from local insight.
Afternoon: Eat and Explore
San Miguel de Allende is easily explored in one day, so make the most of your time with an afternoon excursion beyond the city boundaries. There’s a guided tour to suit most tastes: Animal and nature lovers can embark on a half-day horseback-riding adventure, during which lunch is typically provided, while wine connoisseurs and novices alike can sample local varietals at boutique vineyards. Alternatively, take a food tour and enjoy the benefit of personalized experience and the chance to try several culinary musts in one afternoon.
Night: Combine Culture and Cuisine
Round out your day with an evening of food, romance, and Mexican culture. If you’re fortunate enough to be in San Miguel de Allende for Day of the Dead, take a once-a-year-only guided tour of the city’s festivities for greater insight into this spectacular celebration. Alternatively, visitors who skipped the afternoon food tour can sample the delights of San Miguel by night. Try tacos, tequila, and many things in between independently or alongside an in-the-know local. Similarly, those who missed out on horseback riding by day can take an evening horseback ride around the city center.