Designated a National Monument by the Government of Guatemala in 1944 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Antigua is one of the shimmering gems of Latin America, beloved for its traditional Guatemalan cuisine and famous celebrities. Featuring a charming blend of preserved Colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and centuries old ruins, the city also boasts everything today’s modern traveler is searching for – superb restaurants, fashionable shopping and exhilarating recreational activities and nightlife.
If you would like to explore the area around Hotel Soleil La Antigua, we’ve compiled a list of popular nearby attractions to help you plan your tour.
Central Park of Antigua
Referred to as the "heart" of Antigua, the Central Park of Antigua (Parque Central) is the perfect place for history buffs and museum lovers. Rich in history, this attraction is home to a variety of colonial-style government buildings, the Palace of the Captain Generals, the Church of San José, City Hall and the Archbishop's Palace. Families, friends and couples visit this park for people watching, an ice cream on a hot day, a little shopping and to educate themselves on Antigua's fascinating history.
Cultural Center Roof
Translated in Spanish as 'La Azotea Cultural Center', the Cultural Center Roof of Antigua is a fantastic place to stop by when touring around Guatemala. Just a short distance from the city of Antigua and in the town of Jocotenango, this attraction includes an equestrian club, an on-site restaurant and three museums offering visitors information on the ancient customs and culture of Antigua. Coffee lovers will appreciate a stop by the coffee museum to learn how coffee is grown, harvested and processed.
Museum of Ancient Arms
In Spanish the Museum of Ancient Arms is translated to Spanish as 'Museo de Armas de Santiago de los Caballeros'. This attraction opened to the public in 1957. It is located in one of Antigua's oldest colonial-style buildings and is considered a heritage landmark. It is home to a large collection of tools and weapons used in colonial times. Tourists get in free so make sure to stop by!
Old Book Museum
Located in Central Park, just left of City Hall is a charming tiny museum that is home to books derived from the colonial era. It also holds important city documents, ancient printing replicas from the 1660s and the first edition of the famous novel 'The Indigenous Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha'. Those interested in paper production can also see how marbled paper is made from beginning to end.
The Maya culture believed that Jade had more value than gold. Known to have some of the best Jade in the world, Guatemala is home to the Jade Museum where these lovely gems are showcased. Visitors can learn all about the history of Jade and see how it is positioned in all types of jewelry, as well as learn about the history, culture and customs of the country.
Cathedral of St. Joseph
Those interested in religion or who enjoy attending religious services in different parts of the world will appreciate a visit to the Cathedral of St. Joseph. This stunning church is the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hartford and offers a variety of services to Catholics in the area. Large groups of people gather together every week at this church for prayer, music and social services.