The architecture of San Miguel de Allende is one of its principal treats. Here you can see countless examples of the elements that make Mexican colonial architecture so enchanting and seductive. Because the architecture of San Miguel is so valued there are strict limitations on what can be built in the center of the city.
All new buildings and all renovations must retain the colonial characteristics. Also, to maintain the charm that won the city recognition as a National Monument, there can be no traffic lights, stop signs, billboards or neon signs in the city center. These restrictions ensure that the downtown will remain a feast for the eyes.