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San Miguel de Allende is both the geographic and cultural heart of Mexico. About equidistant from Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Ocean and Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico, San Miguel is also just a day’s drive on good roads from the Texas border.
At a 6,200-foot (1,900-meter) altitude, it’s warm and dry during the day and cool at night.
Founded by the Spanish nearly 500 years ago, San Miguel was an important town on the route to take Mexican silver from the mines of Guanajuato to the Spanish ships waiting in Veracruz harbor. Wealthy businessmen and ranchers built beautiful Spanish colonial homes on the cobblestone streets of the picturesque hillside town.
When the cry for independence from Spain was raised, it was from this part of Mexico that the patriots answered. Father Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende led the first battles for Mexican independence and are revered as national heroes.
Expats have discovered an irresistible combination in San Miguel. They’ve found small-town living in the timeless elegance of a well-preserved Spanish colonial city, nearly perfect weather, and a convenient location just a few hours by car to Mexico City, which is less than a day’s drive to either coast or the U.S. border.
More than 15% of San Miguel’s inhabitants are now expats, bringing with them a demand for international cuisines, fine wines, and the arts. Continue reading