Antigua is Guatemala’s former colonial capital, flanked by the volcanic mountains of Antigua Valley. Once a powerful city in the Spanish Empire, it’s renowned for its architectural beauty and cosmopolitan flair.
The wealth and splendour of Antigua’s former glory is evident in the city today, with evocative colonial buildings, old churches and palatial mansions. The cobbled streets are lined with pastel residences, opening onto wide plazas, home to lively restaurants and bars.
Antigua’s grid layout makes it easy to explore by foot, and provides a really nice way to absorb the atmosphere and take in the sights. You’ll come across lovely little churches, museums and markets. The biggest market is El Mercad, a great place to shop for tropical fruits, leather goods and handmade woodcraft.
By day you can people-watch Parque Central, make a wish at the beautiful old plaza fountains or visit a local artisan workshop. An essential Antiguan experience is walking up to Cerro de la Cruz, the Hill of the Cross. At the northern tip of the city, the hill provides breathtaking views of the city.
If you’re planning a luxury holiday for Easter, you’ll be arriving during one of the most important times of Antigua’s calendar. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a week of pageantry, processions and night time vigils that last from Palm Sunday until Good Friday. Antiguans go all out for Semana Santa, and it’s one of the most impressive fiestas in Latin America.
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