An enticing colonial city with a stunning natural backdrop – Antigua combines luxury city break with thrilling country retreat. Stroll past terracotta-roofed townhouses and uncover historic churches. Set off for a wild adventure in the forests, or simply unwind at a bustling café in a shaded city square.
A pastel-painted picture of colonial elegance ringed by mist-topped volcanoes.
Things to do
Step out from your boutique hotel to discover Antigua’s historic landmarks, including the ruins of the 18th-century Convento de Capuchinas. Stroll along streets lined with bright Spanish colonial houses, taking in the grand cathedrals and ornate baroque churches.
Travel a small distance outside Antigua city to gain an insight into traditional Mayan culture in countryside villages. Visit colourful local markets to browse for bright, hand-made clothing and crafts. Or venture out on a walking tour to the slopes of Antigua’s three nearby volcanoes.
The sports and activities on offer in Antigua range from the genteel to the extreme. Savour a leisurely pace of life with a game of golf on one of the city’s courses. Or embark on an adrenalin-fuelled adventure into the countryside, with kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking excursions led by knowledgeable local guides.
Visit during Easter week to see the city in full swing, where huge processions snake through streets lined with patterned carpets of brightly painted sawdust.
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