The vibrant city of Antigua is a must-see on any trip to Central America. Home to bustling artisan markets, lively Spanish plazas and quaint cobbled streets, Antigua is one of the most romantic colonial cities in the Americas.
Anyone visiting the beautiful country of Guatemala cannot miss Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historical gem. With its historical storied past, rich culture and colourful colonial relics, the city stands as one of the most traditional on the continent. It’s a bold statement, but ancient civic structures and preserved neo-colonial buildings adorned with brightly coloured flowers and vines make it a one-of-a-kind place to explore.
Cradled by three dramatic volcanoes, Antigua’s streets are a grid-like maze and tucked away behind large 18th century doors lie Spanish language schools, lively salsa bars filled with locals and independent chocolate factories. Visitors can spend their days wandering into the small baroque-style monasteries, shopping at the markets or climbing the Cerro de la Cruz for breath-taking panoramic views of the city below. By day, Antigua is home to busy market stalls selling arts and crafts, hand-woven textiles and wooden souvenirs, but by night, the city comes alive with music and the bars and restaurants open their doors to tourists and locals alike.
The picturesque pastel-coloured streets and cobbled-stone paths of Antigua are over-looked by three towering volcanoes; Fuego, Meseta and Acatenango, each reminding visitors that the lush and fertile landscape of Guatemala lies just beyond the city limits. Antigua’s traditional charm makes it the perfect place to begin any Guatemala adventure and will give travellers a true introduction to Guatemala’s fascinating culture and Spanish colonial history.