As an almost picture perfect colonial city, San Miguel de Allende traces its roots to the village planned in 1555 as a watch station along the road between Mexico City and the rich silver mines of Zacatecas. Subsequently, San Miguel attracted cultural and wealthy noblemen who built impressive palaces.
The College of San Francisco de Sales was founded in 1734 and served as a political think tank where major ideas and policy for the battle for Independence from Spain were developed.
Today's San Miguel remains a peaceful artist's colony during most of the year ... with cobble-stoned streets, pastel colored colonial buildings with flower filled patios and an air of tranquility that stimulates the mind and pleases the soul.
On the third saturday in September, the quiet splendour turns into organized chaotic cheers and fun as San Miguel de Allende celebrates a "Pamplonada" or "San Miguelada" - fashioned after the famous "Feria de San Fermin" - the much celebrated "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain.