The Streets of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

san miguel de allende early morning light

San Miguel de Allende is a city located on the eastern side of the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. A UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, this place is full of beauty and charm with its Baroque/Neoclassical architecture, cobblestone streets, and brightly colored buildings often adorned with decorations and flowering Bougainvillea.

As I walked the streets of San Miguel de Allende, I admired the architecture and bright colors of the homes. These homes were most often painted in red, orange, and yellow hues. However, there were the occasional pastel colors of blue, pink and lavender to be found. The golden light of sunrise and sunset seemed to amplify the vibrance of the homes, as well as the pink hues of the sidewalks.

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, an icon of the city, is a beautiful church with a neo-gothic facade. Probably the most photographed structure in San Miguel de Allende, it can be viewed from many vantage points around the city.

This place is very busy during the day, typically bustling with churchgoers, visitors, and weddings. It is just as festive and beautiful in the evenings as the church and the area surrounding the Jardin are adorned with beautiful lighting.

I enjoyed visiting this area in the early mornings to capture the beautiful light and bask in the serenity. 

Brightly colored and interesting storefronts can be found throughout San Miguel de Allende.

Cobblestones streets and stoned-paved sidewalks add to the charm of the city as citizens, visitors, and mojigangas walk the town.

My camera loved this place. So photogenic at every turn, San Miguel fills the senses with locals and tourists going about their daily routines of work, play, art, and music.

Venture up into the hillsides and be treated to the beautiful vistas of the city.

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    1. Hi Allison. Thank you for kind words. San Miguel was a good choice for my first destination as a nomadic traveler and burgeoning photographer. I got a lot of great practice there.

    1. Hi David. Thanks so much for the kind words. Happy to hear you enjoyed the photos. I enjoyed my time is San Miguel. I hope you get to experience it in person as well.

    1. Hi Brigitte. Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and they inspired you to visit. I don’t think you will be disappointed with SMA. Safe travels.

  1. Wow! Absolutely love this form of storytelling. Your photography is stunning. Those early morning scenes look so peaceful.

    We haven’t made it to SMA yet, but it’s on our short list. Look forward to following along.

    1. Hey guys! So cool of you to visit. Thank you for the kind words. I enjoyed the early morning a lot in SMA. It was such a contrast to the excitement of the rest of the day. Hope you enjoy it there as much as we did. Hope our paths cross one day. Safe travels.

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