MAGICAL! This is San Miguel de Allende, a small colonial city that still maintains the flavor of a charming town. For decades this city has attracted people from all over the world, and many have made this place their permanent home, including myself for the last 38 years. The energy perceived in this city has certainly attracted many creative people, such as artists from every field you can imagine: painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, dancers, actors, among others. This energy brings out the best from inside everyone´s heart and spirit. There are about 60 different nationalities living in this city, reason why it has become so cosmopolitan. The quality of life, with all its culture, traditions, architecture, art, food, and entertainment, as well as fabulous weather almost all year round, have contributed to making this such a desirable place to live. If this is the magic that you are looking for in a place to retire for the rest of your life, you have made the right choice: San Miguel de Allende!
In recent years, San Miguel de Allende has transformed from a sleepy and slightly down-at-the-heels Colonial hill town without a traffic signal into a fiesta-crazy magnet for international gastronomes. This small town located about 150 miles north of Mexico City was named for both the monk who founded it, Juan de San Miguel, and General Ignacio Allende, a hero in Mexico’s War of Independence. Thanks in part to its colonial Spanish architecture, San Miguel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a magnet for weekenders and expats. Visitors enjoy walking alongside the quaint cobblestone streets, browsing the shops for artisanal crafts, hot springs, horses, balloon rides, organic restaurants, and inventive chefs working in all types of cuisines.