With colonial and Spanish architecture, weaving a fairy tale-like look about itself, this city is nothing short of a Mexican Disneyland. Coupled with its artistic brilliance is also a cosmopolitan feel about the place. This is San Miguel de Allende, the city in Mexico that has now been awarded for being the best city in the world.
Travel+Leisure recently concluded the 2017 World’s Best Awards, ranking the best hotels, cities, islands, transportation and cruise lines from across the world, in terms of their popularity and tourism potential. Among the cities that made it to the top 15 are Charleston, South Carolina; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kyoto, Japan; Florence, Italy; Oaxaca, Mexico; Hoi An, Vietnam; Cape Town, South Africa; Ubud, Indonesia; Luang Prabang, Laos; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Rome, Italy; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Udaipur, India and Barcelona, Spain.
San Miguel de Allende, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has won the title for the first time ever.
This beautiful city is Mexico owes its charm to its artistic assets, historical importance and a carnivalistic ambience. Named after Ignacio Allende, it is the first municipality that was declared independent during the Mexican War of Independence. In the 20th century, it began attracting artists and writers, who gradually established the city as a seat of art and culture.
The primary attraction of the city is its well-preserved historic centres. The tallest building here is Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel, a Gothic church, with a facade of pink limestone. Legend has it that the colossal church is based on Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, built by an architect who drew inspiration from a picture postcard.