Miradors of San Miguel de Allende: 4 Best Viewpoints

As a city of eye-catching neo-gothic and Spanish baroque architecture. It’s only right you head to a San Miguel de Allende mirador for a great view of the brilliant design.

Luckily, the Mirador de San Miguel de Allende is perfect for panoramic city views – day or night! And there’s 3 more viewpoints around the city that are worth a visit if you want alternative angles.

In this post, I’ll tell you all about the viewpoints of San Miguel de Allende – where they are, how to get there and more top tips.

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Looking over the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende from the city's most famous mirador

Experience Incredible Views from El Mirador de San Miguel de Allende

The viewpoint of San Miguel de Allende is one of the most visited places in the city. And, for good reason. The mirador offers panoramic views over the city.

It won’t be hard to spot the beautiful Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. It’s the most famous and photographed building in the city thanks to its towering spires and pink colour.

Or see Templo de San Francisco – an equally stunning church located in the heart of the city.

But, the views don’t stop at the city centre. In the background, you’ll see the lakes to the west of the city and the dry hills of the Guanajuato countryside behind them too.

The San Miguel de Allende mirador, or simply El Mirador, is free to enter as it’s just a lookout from the side of the road. There are coin-operated binoculars available too if you want to get a closer look at the buildings.

Sunset is perhaps the best time to visit, especially on days when it’s not overcast. This way you’ll get to see the sun sink below the horizon and the sky change colour.

TOP TIP: One block north of the San Miguel Mirador is a street called Huertas. Head here for a great view of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel framed by colonial-style buildings. It’s a lesser-known spot too with fewer people around!

Where is Mirador de San Miguel de Allende?

The main mirador is located slightly southeast of the central square and church – Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel – on Salida Real A Querétaro. Its location in the central zone makes it easily accessible by foot from most of the city.

Find it on Google Maps here.

San Miguel de Allende is in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The city is 250 km northwest of Mexico City. With the drive usually taking 4 to 5 hours – allowing for the all-day traffic getting out of Mexico City.

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel with various floral pieces in front

How to get to the San Miguel de Allende Viewpoint

To walk to the viewpoint from the heart of the city is very simple.

From the main square – also called Jardin Allende – head out the southeast corner along a street called Correo. After 5 blocks, turn right at Templo de Santa Domingo and continue along Salida Real A Querétaro.

El Mirador de San Miguel de Allende will be on your right-hand side after roughly 500 metres! In total, the walk will take around 15 minutes.

Alternatively, Uber operate in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato or you can flag down a taxi on the street. If getting a taxi, remember to agree on the price before starting the journey.

Looking over the city of San Miguel de Allende with a small tower in the foreground

Other Viewpoints in San Miguel de Allende

Mirador El Caracol

Located in the south of the city, Mirador El Caracol offers the most distant views of San Miguel de Allende. Plus, its location on the main road into the city means you’ll probably drive past it at some point.

While the views may be slightly more distant, they’re still stunning. What’s more, fewer trees and people obstruct your view here than at the main San Miguel mirador.

Mirador El Caracol is less than a 20-minute walk from the main viewpoint of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. As such, these can be coupled up into your own DIY walking tour of the city.

Mirador Presa del Obraje

In the northeast of the city centre, near the El Charco Botanical Garden, is Mirador Presa del Obraje.

Unlike the other viewpoints in the city, this one does not have conventional views of the city centre and its most famous church. Rather, the mirador looks north over the reservoir, the industrial centre of the city and the green hills of the countryside.

Walking from the main square of San Miguel de Allende to Mirador Presa del Obraje takes just 20 minutes. While this viewpoint is not the most impressive in the city, it’s still worth a visit if you’re nearby.

Mirador Cruz del Pueblo

If you want to take in the view from Mirador Cruz del Pueblo, you’re gonna have to work for it. You’ll need to climb approximately 250 steps to reach the mirador!

With an altitude of 1900 metres and almost year-round humidity, those steps will be harder work than you thought.

Unfortunately, the view is somewhat hidden behind buildings from this mirador. So, unless you really want to climb the steps, you’ll probably get a better view from the mirador on the main street below Mirador Cruz del Pueblo

If you have any questions or want any more information, drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

Information is correct as of August 2023 but is subject to change in future.

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