San Miguel de Allende

Recognition & Awards

San Miguel has received accolades from Travel and Tourism Press worldwide.  

  •  2013 Best Small City in the World
  • 2017 Best Small City in the World
  • 2020 Best Small City in the World
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Condé Nast Traveler
  • Food & Travel
  • The New York Times

In 2008, San Miguel de Allende was granted designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization).

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One of the World’s Best Cities – Over and Over again!

For years now San Miguel de Allende has been named a “best” city. In 2010, Travel + Leisure awarded San Miguel two winning spots, first as #4 among the World’s Top 10 Cities, and first in line as a top city in Mexico, Central and South America. Condé Nast voted it one of the Top 5 Cities in Mexico in 2013,and #5 among the top 25 Cities in the World in 2014.

Of course, the most celebrated of these awards occurred In October, 2013, when San Miguel de Allende won Condé Nast Readers’ Choice “Best City in the World” award, beating out cultural giants such as Rome, Budapest and Florence.

A UNESCO World Heritage City

San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco, located 14 km from the center of San Miguel, received World Heritage status in 2008. This status represents international recognition of San Miguel’s unique cultural features, and guarantees that its historical buildings, streets, and churches will be preserved for the benefit of future generations.

Home of Award Winning Hotels

In 2014, San Miguel was recognized as the home of the Nena Boutique Hotel. Another popular San Miguel hotel, the Rosewood, was named by U.S News and World Report Travel as “one of the…Best Hotels in Mexico for 2014”. And Hotel Matilda was named the #2 hotel in Mexico by Condé Nast Traveler in 2014.

A Favorite Among News and Fashion Publications

San Miguel has also been featured in popular publications such as the New York Times and Vogue magazine. Describing San Miguel as the “famous mountain city”, the New York Times devoted a slide show to some of its more picturesque spots, and also covered it in its “36 Hours In _____” series. Vogue magazine named San Miguel a Destination of the Month in 2011, and Vogue Australia used San Miguel as its backdrop in a 2011 photo shoot.

Named a Top Retirement Destination

Because of its relative affordability, mild climate and large foreign community, San Miguel is often named a top international retirement destination, as well as one of the best places to retire in Mexico.

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