San Miguel de Allende invites long leisurely walks. There are many secrets to be discovered while wandering the narrow cobblestone streets of this town. Don't forget to pack good walking shoes, because the cobblestone, though picturesque, can be treacherous.
The Jardin Principal is the perfect place to begin your explorations. This is the heart of San Miguel, and narrow cobblestone streets stretch out from here, with beautiful churches and mansions from the colonial period. Walls are painted in warm earthy tones of brown, terracotta, deep ochre, dusty pink and yellow. Bright magenta and purple bougainvillea add splashes of brilliant color. San Miguel is a city of gardens, though most of them are not immediately apparent. As you wander the city you will catch glimpses into the different world that is usually hidden behind closed doors. Inner courtyards are filled with lush greenery and colorful flowers. Rooftop terraces throughout the city are also loaded with plants. You will pass, and inevitably be tempted to wander into, interesting shops and boutiques.
Explore the area south of the Jardin. Pass by the Plaza de Toros, San Miguel's bullfighting ring, which was built in the 1950s and can accommodate over 3000 spectators. Continue to the Paseo del Chorro, a water spring which was originally used by local indigenous tribes before being discovered by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The city was initially founded here around this spring, now there's a shady and peaceful park. Nearby, the Parque Juarez is a large park with fountains, bridges and footpaths as well as a playground for children and ample green space. Have a seat on a wrought iron bench to take a rest and enjoy the natural beauty.