For the fourth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure magazine has selected San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, as the premier travel destination in Mexico.
In the magazine's "World's Best" ranking, which was selected by the survey of more than 17,000 readers of Travel + Leisure, San Miguel ranks second in the Best Cities section of the world.
The colonial city, home to a large expat community, won the World's Best Cities Award in 2017 and 2018, but this year it narrowly passed Vietnam's Hoi An, which moved from eighth to 2018.
The magazine describes San Miguel as "a glamorous and sophisticated city located in the heart of Mexico, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and beautiful scenery, conducive to adventure tourism without losing its traditional touch. . . . One reader described it as "a unique artistic community in the mountains, with a mix of rich history and delicious food". Another fan of the city praised its architectural diversity: "The sumptuous and modern interiors are mixed with 500-year-old facades, you never know what pleasures you will find behind one of the beautifully carved doors."
Mexico jumped 11th in fourth place this year, while the city of Oaxaca took fifth place. Describing the first, a reader said, "One of the most exciting cities in North America. I go there at least once a year, and whenever I do, it's a new and exciting experience. "
Oaxaca was commended for its gastronomic scene and cooking schools.
Mexico was the only country with three cities among the top 15 in the world. Italy, Japan, the United States and Thailand each have two.
The Matilda Hotel & Spa San Miguel entered 18th in the ranking of the best hotels in the world, the first place of a Mexican hotel. Matilda was one of eight Mexican hotels in the world's top 100. Of the five best urban hotels in Mexico, three are in San Miguel de Allende, the other two in Mexico City.
The World's Best study was designed by Travel + Leisure and the research firm M & RR. It asked readers to rate cities, islands and various travel services in an online questionnaire. Before publishing the results, the magazine researches and eliminates the false answers.
Source: Publímetro (sp), Travel + Leisure (en)