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San Miguel de Allende is a city that deserves to be explored on foot, so we suggest you bring comfortable shoes because the streets are cobbled.

In the historic center you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and most of its attractions; but there are also sites that are not on the center and worth visiting.

The name San Miguel de Allende is formed by the names of Fray Juan de San Miguel, founder of the population, and Ignacio Allende, leader of our National Independence.

The city of San Miguel el Grande, today de Allende was founded in 1542 by Friar Juan de San Miguel. Back then it was a town that had no water, so it was supplied by a nearby spring called Izquinapan which translated into Castilian means “River Dog” now known as “Manantial del Chorro”.

On July 18th, 1561 the Viceroy Don Luis de Velasco (father), authorized the mayor of the jurisdiction to grant some solar, places to stay small livestock (quantity of hectares for livestock), and the horses land requested by the neighbors and residents. At first, the town of San Miguel was part of the larger Xilotepec Mayor; later, in the seventeenth century, took Mayor category.

The town was elevated to city status, the March 8, 1826 (during the first federalist system), by decree of the Constitutional Council, with the name of San Miguel de Allende.

In the eighteenth century and the first decade of the nineteenth century, San Miguel was a commercial, industrial and agricultural center of much importance, increased activities with mining funds Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas.