Magazine article Sunset

Fall in Love with San Miguel

Magazine article Sunset

Fall in Love with San Miguel

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Seeing San Miguel

San Miguel is in Guanajuato state, about 170 miles northwest of Mexico City. There are frequent flights from the U.S. to León-El Bajío Airport, about an So-minute drive from San Miguel via taxi, hotel van, or shuttle service (reserve a shuttle at viajessan miguel.com).

The website portal sanmlgueLcom will help you plan your visit and, once you're in town, tell you what's going on. The weekly EnglishSpanish newspaper, Atención San Miguel, is good for event listings.

In April and May, expect warm days and cooler nights. Pack nice clothes too: This is a fairly dressy city. Prices below are listed in U.S. dollars; visit xe.com/ucc for conversion rates to Mexican pesos.

Use the international prefix 011-52 when dialing from the U.S., except with numbers for the lodgings Casa de Sierra Nevada, Casa Schuck, and Oasis.

What to see

Walking tour Local charity Patronato Pro Niños conducts excellent walking tours of the centra that start at El Jardín-the ideal way of introducing yourself to most of San Miguel's major sites, including La Parroquia. 10 a.m. Mon, Wed, Fri; $10; El Jardín in front of La Parroquia; patronato proninos.org or 415/152-7796.

Shopping

Fábrica La Aurora A former textile factory that has become 40 shops and galleries offering contemporary works as well as Spanish Colonial antiques. Calzada de la Aurora; fabricalaaurora.com

Libros El Tecolote A great little bookstore with a good stock of mostly English language books. Closed Mon; Calle Jesús 11; 415/152-7395. …

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