By Jade Arroyo
San Miguel’s magic can be felt all around, through its people, in the old cobblestone streets and, of course, in its historical and authentic places. Here are some beautiful traditional spots to see.
San Miguel’s Origins
The city was founded in 1542 and originally got its water supply from a spring rising from the hills, which formed a river called Izquinapan (dog’s water), now called El Chorro. Around it are wide terraces, pretty trees, and profuse vegetation. Near El Chorro, the Lavaderos Públicos (outdoor laundry) and a French-style park can be found.
A factor in San Miguel de Allende’s being named as a World Heritage site is the Sanctuary of Atotonilco (from Nahuatl tongue Atotonili: warm waters). This small community is located 15 minutes away from San Miguel, on the road to Dolores Hidalgo. The church of Atotonilco dates from the 16th century, and it holds amazing original frescos, so appealing that the church have actually been called “the Sistine Chapel of the Americas.” If you are into sacred art, this church is a must. If you go to visit on a weekend, you’ll find a little market outside the church selling religious items and street food, like gorditas and enchiladas.
When back in town, you might want to have a light, tasty dinner and a couple of drinks. Why not shake off the town’s dust, put on some nice attire, and head for the Rosewood Hotel? To do all of these things, try the new sushi bar inside the hotel. The Tequila and Sushi Bar combines fresh Japanese food with the tequila experience. You can choose from sushi, rolls, yakimeshi, soups, and ceviche. Besides the tequila, there are several different options of sake and beers.