San Miguel de Allende, nestled in mountainous central region of Mexico, is part of the “Bajio” region of the state of Guanajuato. This “low” region in reality averages about 7000 feet, but is so called for being a relatively flat area ringed by mountains.
San Miguel El Grande (as it was originally known) was founded by a Franciscan monk in 1542. It was an important stop over of the silver route from Zacatecas.
San Miguel is definitely a walking town in El Centro where the Colonial construction is preserved. I stayed with Ron and Dora who live across from Mercado San Juan de Dios about 8 blocks from the center of town (toward the bus station). Most of the downtown area is pretty flat but I wasn’t interested in walking the hills to the south despite the views
Lots of flowery prose written about San Miguel on tourist sites but it’s not that different from other mature Mexican cities although maybe a little more condensed. Lots of shops to stick your head into and reminded me a bit of Tlaquepaque