Guatemala’s magical old capital
An Antigua holiday is sure to be an adventure of intrigue and surprise. It was once the colonial capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. However after a long history of earthquakes, the capital was moved to Guatemala City in 1773.
This didn’t stop Antiguans from rebuilding their city once more. The city today is a remarkable combination of romantic ruins and historic architecture from every age dating back nearly 500 years. This unique and almost organic city-scape is so unique that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
But it's not a museum piece or relic. Antigua is still very much a living, thriving city with bustling markets and buzzing cafes and restaurants crowding its cobblestone streets. What’s more, with its valley location at 1,530m, and surrounded by hills and volcanoes, Antigua enjoys a climate of ‘eternal spring’. Heading out into the surrounding valley and hills, your tailor made Antigua holiday will allow you to discover leafy coffee farms as well as fascinating indigenous villages.
There's something rather fantastic about the very fabric of the city. Its patchwork of architecture from across the ages combined with its ethereal elevated setting making it a kind Latin American Shangri-La.