San Miguel de Allende, first city in the world: Conde Nast Traveler…Primera ciudad en el mundo

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Readers’ Choice Rating: 84.6
San Miguel de Allende nabbed the No. 1 spot thanks to its “great atmosphere, excellent restaurants, culture and ambiance galore.” The “lack of street lights and billboards” makes the region “romantically and historically beautiful, and the city itself offers a “traditional feeling of a small town in the heart of Mexico.” “An amazing place to be.
http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/best-cities-world_slideshow_item24_25

 

 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Condé Nast Traveler: San Miguel de Allende World’s Top City

By Allan Wall

The magazine Condé Nast Traveler, in its annual readers’ poll, named Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende as the top city of the world in 2013.

Condé Nast Traveler is published by Condé Nast, which was founded in 1909 by Condé Montrose Nast. (The company is currently owned by the Newhouse family.)

Condé Nast Traveler features writing and photography of exotic locales, plus it rates tourist destinations, hotels and airlines. Click here for its online site.

On October 15th, Condé Nast Traveler announced its 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Nearly 80,000 readers voted and cast 1.3 million votes, which is quite impressive. The awards are organized into various categories.

In the category of the world’s Top 25 Cities, Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende received first place. The city is located in central Mexico, in the state of Guanajuato. It features a cool climate, a colonial downtown and a thriving art scene. It also has a large American/Canadian colony.

According to Condé Nast Traveler, “The lack of street lights and billboards makes the region romantically and historically beautiful, and the city itself offers a traditional feeling of a small town in the heart of Mexico.” Other positives of the city were “great atmosphere, excellent restaurants, culture and ambiance galore.” Another comment was that San Miguel de Allende is simply “An amazing place to be.”

I have enjoyed visiting San Miguel de Allende a few times. The most recent visit was just last year with my wife and our two sons. The old Spanish architecture, the impressive Parroquia Church, and the relaxed atmosphere combine to make it a special place.

Here is the entire list of world cities:

In first place was San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Second place was a tie between Florence, Italy and Budapest, Hungary. Fourth place went to Salzburg, Austria.

Fifth place was also a tie between San Sebastian, in the Basque country of northern Spain, and Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. Vienna, Austria was in seventh place. Rome, Italy was in eighth place. Siena, Italy in ninth place. In tenth place was Quebec City in Canada’s Quebec province.

Eleventh place was a tie between Cape Town, South Africa and Bruges, Belgium. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was in thirteenth place, with Kyoto, Japan in fourteenth. Fifteenth place was a tie between Prague of the Czech Republic, and Krakow, Poland. Seventeenth was a three way tie among Victoria in Canada’s British Columbia Province, Sydney in Australia, and Santa Fe, New Mexico in the U.S.A.

Twentieth place was a tie between Beirut, Lebanon and Seville (Sevilla) in Spain. Paris, France and Melbourne, Australia tied for twenty-second place. And the tie for twenty-fourth place was between Venice, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain.

Italy had four cities on the list; Spain and Canada each had three; the U.S., Australia and Austria each had two; Mexico, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Lebanon, South Africa, and Japan each had one.

Of the twenty-five top cities, six (Paris, Rome, Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Beirut) are national capitals.

Tied with San Sebastian, Spain this year, Charleston, South Carolina was in first place last year, and it has retained the title of top U.S. city for three consecutive years. It was noted for “sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people.”

In the U.S. list the top five were Charleston, South Carolina in first place, Santa Fe, New Mexico in second place, San Francisco, California in third; Honolulu, Hawaii in fourth, and Chicago, Illinois in fifth place.

The top five cities in Mexico were San Miguel de Allende at #1; San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas #2; Guanajuato City, Guanajuato in third place; and Morelia, Michoacan at #4. Fifth place was a tie between Merida, Yucatan and Puebla City, Puebla. Since there was a tie for fifth place, that means there are really six “top five cities.” But that’s ok, there are so many good ones to choose from.

There was also a category for “Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World,” in which two hotels tied for first place. The hotels were South Africa’s La Residence, and New Zealand’s Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay.

In the airline category, Singapore Airlines was the winner of the international airlines category.

For more on the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, with photographs on the periodical’s website, click here, here and here.

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Allan Wall, an educator, resided in Mexico for many years. His website is located at http://www.allanwall.info
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Reconocen a San Miguel de Allende como la “mejor ciudad del mundo”
Obtuvo el primer lugar, entre 25 ciudades. Estuvo por arriba de Florencia, París y Viena
San Miguel es Patrimonio de la Humanidad. (Foto: Cortesía )

Lunes 11 de noviembre de 2013
Xóchitl Alvarez | El Universal
21:30
Comenta la Nota
Guanajuato, Gto.- El municipio de San Miguel de Allende, reconocido en 2008 como Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad, este martes será distinguido en Nueva York como “La Mejor Ciudad del Mundo”, por la revista Condé Nast Traveler.

La ciudad guanajuatense obtuvo el primer lugar de entre 25 ciudades del mundo, con una calificación de 84.6 puntos, por arriba de París, San Sebastián, Santa Fe, Florencia y Viena.

San Miguel Allende, con 130 mil habitantes, el 10 por ciento de origen extranjero, ha sido reconocida por sus tradiciones, arquitectura colonial, artesanía, museos, galerías de arte, zona arqueológica, ecoturismo, gastronomía e infraestructura hotelera de primer mundo.

Más de 80 mil lectores de la revista votaron a favor de la ciudad guanajuatense, por su “buen ambiente, deliciosos restaurantes, cultura y porque la consideran una ciudad cosmopolita”.

El alcalde de San Miguel de Allende, Mauricio Trejo, y el gobernador de estado de Guanajuato, Miguel Márquez, viajarán a Nueva York para recibir el distintivo.

En enero de 2009, la ciudad de San Miguel Allende y su Santuario de Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco, recibieron el distintivo Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO).

San Miguel de Allende, erigida como villa en 1592, se distingue por su historia, diversidad cultural, monumentos arquitectónicos, atracción turística y es uno de los sitios más emblemáticos de la lucha de la Independencia de México.

Gobierno del estado señaló que los lectores de la revista Condé Nast Traveler al emitir su voto comentaron que “el encanto de la propia ciudad genera un sentimiento del México tradicional en el corazón del país”.

“Simplemente, un lugar increíble para visitar”. “Al no tener espectaculares, ni anuncios luminosos, genera un paisaje romántico y con una arquitectura históricamente hermosa”, expresaron en relación a San Miguel de Allende, que forma parte de los tesoros coloniales de México

Condé Nast Publications Inc, tiene más de 153 millones de lectores, es una editorial de revistas internacionales, fundada en 1907, con oficinas principales en destinos como Nueva York, Londres, Milán, París, Madrid, México y Tokio.

Entre sus atractivos sobresalen La zona Arqueológica Cañada de la Virgen, la Cabalgata en El Cañón de la región, Aventura Vaquera, Vuelo Ultraligero, Cabalgata Nocturna, Ruta Camino Real Tierra Adentro y Capillas de Indios, Noches de Temazcal, Ruta de la Plata y de la Independencia, Bicentenario Todo Terreno.

¿Estás de acuerdo con esta denominación?
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/destinos-viajes/2013/destinos-san-miguel-de-allende-81315.html

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