The architecture in San Miguel de Allende is a main attraction for many people. It’s a town that’s over 500 years old. It’s like going to old Europe. There are couples on the streets, and there are colorful buildings
During the last few years they spent a lot of money renovating all the fronts of the buildings. Some of them were starting to look a little worn down so they spruced up the whole town pretty much- at least all the main streets. Our Parroquia (the main tourist attraction; what most people would call the church, in the center of town) is exceptional. It’s a beautiful, huge old cathedral, and it is quite lovely. The people come from all over Mexico and get married in this place.
It’s an exceptional, beautiful place, which was built by a mason. He wasn’t an architect; he was somebody who had a vision. It’s very historic, and is one of the places where the Mexican revolution started, so they’re very proud of that. They have festivals just about every week that, if you live in town, sometimes might make you a little tired, but on the other hand, it’s amazing. They have parades that might last a half hour or two hours or all day, and sometimes these parades go on for hours and hours, and sometimes it’s never going to end.
I would call San Miguel de Allende a colonial city. It’s actually a World Heritage city. They tried to put in a McDonald’s and they were kicked out of town. McDonald’s bought the building under another name and tried to sneak it in, but when people found out, they went out on the streets and they said, “Not in our town, no way!”
The Starbucks snuck in a long time ago before anybody noticed. But it’s the most beautiful Starbucks probably in the world because it’s a colonial building with a beautiful garden. It’s an exceptional place but it does bear the Starbucks symbol on it. They do have a McDonald’s, though, if you go out of town up the road to the shopping mall. You can go there and eat your burgers from McDonald’s if you like.
(La Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)