The beautiful city of Antigua is bordered by three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Its Spanish colonial-style architecture and cobbled streets provide fantastic photo opportunities at every corner. The city is world-renowned for its local crafts, from terracotta and ceramics to jewellery and weavings. Read on about how to spend any Extra Time in Antigua, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
What to do
Enjoy the scenery of the beautiful building works while strolling down the streets of the world heritage site, stopping off at a café along the way. There are plenty of market stalls dotted around and bartering is a way of life, so grab the opportunity to perfect your bartering skills. Visit the ruins of the San Agustin Church, Municipal Palace, and the Cathedral for excellent viewing. Central Park, is perfect to sit back and relax in the afternoon in the sun.
For culture vultures
Book your visit at least four months ahead to be able to go over Holy Week at Easter time. Hotels book up quickly as the week injects a party atmosphere into the area, bringing elaborate fiestas and festival activities along with it. You’ll witness marching parades through the streets and pop-up food vendors, which provide both authentic and tasty treats.
What to eat
Avocados are celebrated so much by locals that they’ve been given the nickname ‘panza verde’ (green belly). Due to the sheer volume of avocados grown in Antigua, many meals include the fruit or slice it as a garnish to the side of a dish.
Although Antigua doesn’t have many traditional dishes itself, the city hosts an abundance of international cuisine restaurants, so you won’t be short of choice.
What to drink
There is an eclectic mix of cafés and bars in Antigua, providing some of the nicest organic coffees and cocktails. La Casbah is popular amongst locals for dancing into the early hours of the morning while sipping on Gallo, the Guatemalan beer.
Moment you’ll never forget
The picturesque views from the tops of volcanoes Agua and Pacaya and Cerro de la Cruz’s hill are unforgettable. The views are something you expect to find on a postcard or on television, so seeing them firsthand is a truly breathtaking experience.