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25 photos that show why San Miguel de Allende was named the best city in the world

Travel + Leisure just released its World's Best Awards for 2017.The best city in the world, San Miguel de Allende. bpperry / iStock

Link to Article: https://www.insider.com/san-miguel-de-allende-voted-best-city-in-the-world-2017-7

Travel + Leisure just released its World's Best Awards for 2017.

The awards are based on a survey that includes responses from thousands of experienced travelers.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was voted the best city in the world for the first time — beating out major travel destinations like Florence and Capetown.

With San Miguel de Allende's charming streets, stunning architecture, and vibrant color, it's no wonder travelers ranked the city so high.

The views of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel from the city none look straight out of a fairytale.

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Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende. Bill Perry / Shutterstock


There are many colorful streets to explore.

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A vibrantly colored street in San Miguel de Allende. Kobby Dagan/ Shutterstock


Visitors can also stay at one of the city's top hotels, such as Hotel Matilda.

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The pool at Hotel Matilda. TripAdvisor/ travelingjamie

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The streets are lined with shops selling Mexico artesanías (handicrafts).

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Colorful masks out for display. San Hoyano/ Shutterstock


The city is full of flowers.

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Flowers in bloom at The Hyder House. Instagram / David Caughran / sanmigueldeallende


Watching the sun set over an ancient pyramid at Canada de la Virgen is not to be missed.

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Canada de la Virgen pyramid. TripAdvisor/ Lizzy357

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Nor hitting some balls at the picturesque Ventanas de San Miguel golf course.

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The golf course at Ventanas de San Miguel. Ventanas de San Miguel


There are many hot springs in the area, too.

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La Gruta Spa's indoor hot spring. TripAdvisor/Jaquii B


Visitors can also attend an event inside the Plaza de Toros Oriente arena. Or watch a bull fight extravaganza.

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The arena of Plaza de Toros Oriente. The Plaza de Toros Oriente,

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The nightlife is also popping with nightclubs like El Gritto.

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The nightlife scene at El Gritto. Facebook/ El Grito San Miguel


There are also plenty of festivals to go around.

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A festival in city none. Instagram/ sanmigueldeallende


...like the Day of the Dead Fiesta.

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Costumes at the Day of the Dead Fiesta. Instagram/sanmigueldeallende


Check out a book at the public library and admire its lovely ceiling mural.

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The ceiling mural at San Miguel de Allende's public library. TripAdvisor/ Jesusmiguel58


Or browse for handmade toys at La Esquina Toy Museum.

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A woman makes handmade toys. Instagram/ museolaesquina


The city is also crawling with street art.

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There is loads of street art throughout the city. Yelp/Samantha H.z


A Sunday concert at Rancho Zandung is a staple.

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A band plays at Rancho Zandung. Facebook/Zandunga

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The city also has an incredible restaurant scene.

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A meal at La Parada, one of the city's best restaurants. Facebook/ La Parada

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And tons of delicious bakeries, like Cumpanio Bakery.

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Baked goods from Cumpanio. Instagram/cumpaniomx

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... the churros are definitely not to be missed.

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Churros from a street vendor. Flickr/Carolyn Coles


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Day of the Dead themed candies. Flickr/Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble


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The greenery of Parque Benito Juarez. TripAdvisor/Michael L


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A colorful flower market. TripAdvisor/JennaShea


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A bright street in San Miguel de Allende. James Mattil/ Shutterstock


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A view of Los Monjas dome. bpperry / iStock


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San Miguel de Allende's skyline at night. Instagram/ sanmigueldeallende

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