Discover hotels and villas for winter-sun holidays in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
A relaxed city of cobbled streets, brightly coloured clay buildings, leafy public squares and even a neo-Gothic cathedral that draws Sagrada Familia comparisons, San Miguel de Allende looks like it could fit in as easily in Italy as it does into the central Mexican countryside. Surrounded by verdant rolling hills and other equally picturesque towns, it proves that Mexico is far more than the beaches of Cabo and Cancun. The city originally rose to prominence during the Mexican War of Independence; since its “rediscovery” in the 1930s, it has attracted artists and food-lovers from around the world both to its famous language school, the Instituto Allende, and to rehabilitate villas of their own. Now, it is home to some of the best restaurants in Mexico, a wide range of galleries featuring local artwork and handicrafts and one of the highest qualities of life in the country.