Luxury holidays in Antigua Guatemala

Guatemala’s colourful colonial city hits the mark by merging past and present, with its Baroque buildings, technicolour textiles and looming volcanoes. Roam the city’s gridded cobblestone streets, laced with pastel-painted homes and meandering women in vibrant huipiles heading to the local craft markets. Stop off for a taste of the freshly fried rellenitos that scent the air or head to the weaving workshop of Luna Zorro – residing in an all glass building on a 150-year old coffee farm – for a taste of the local clothing craft. Thrillseekers can hike the twin peaks of Volcán de Fuego and trail Finca el Pilar.

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When to go

Despite enjoying pleasant year-round temperatures, it may be best to avoid the rainy season (May to October) if you’re planning on browsing the city’s local markets and idyllic cobblestone streets.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly direct to Guatemala’s La Aurora airport, where you can hop in a taxi for just under an hour to reach Antigua. If you’re wanting a scenic road trip along Central America’s Pacific coastline, then fly to El Salvador, where you can rent a car and drive around five hours up the coast to Antigua.
  • Automobiles

    While most locals whip around on a scooter, it’s perfectly easy to drive around Antigua and is a great choice if you’re hoping to explore areas outside the city centre. Pick up a rental at La Aurora airport before heading west to the city.