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Places to go in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua in Guatemala is a must-visit! It is one of the most beautiful cities in the whole of Central America.

In this article, you will find all the main places you must visit in Antigua and some unique spots I highly recommend adding to your Antigua Travel Itinerary!

Santa Catalina Arch

One of the most iconic landmarks in the whole of Guatemala - the Santa Catalina Arch. This arch was built in the 17th century purely for practical reasons - to connect two convents. These days visitors can admire it for free while wandering on 5th Avenue North on the way to La Merced Church.

Hill of the Cross - Viewpoint

To see the city from above you have to visit Antigua's main viewpoint - Hill of the Cross! There is no shortcut, you will have to make your way up the stairs to get there. Once you have reached the top you will see the whole of Antigua from above and there are chairs where you can sit and enjoy the amazing view.

Antiguas Central Park

To truly feel the buzz of the city you have to visit Antiguas Central Park which is quite literally located in the center of the city!

There you will see Antigua's main cathedral - San Jose Cathedral. Also, the Royal Palace where the government was but these days you will find 2 museums there.

The square is surrounded by many cafes and coffee shops where you can take a break and admire the bustling life of the plaza. You will also find chocolate and antique book museums there!

La Merced Church

La Merced is a very impressive church in Antigua. The ornaments of the building are just incredible. It is Antigua's main church and is still very active. We were not allowed inside during our visit as there was a wedding ceremony taking place.

Around the church, you will find a lot of street food options.

San Francisco Church & Sanctuary

This is also a very impressive church but much older. You will find a museum next to it that offers more insights into the history of the church and the city taking you through the ruins of its sanctuary.

La Santo Domingo Hotel & Museum

Santo Domingo is a hotel built on the ruins of old Antigua. It is one of the most expensive and impressive hotels in Antigua.

This place also offers a museum that combines art, culture, and history.

You can enter the hotel for free as you can enjoy the lovely restaurant there without staying in the hotel. The museum entrance is around $5.00.

Capuchinas Convent

Capuchinas Convent is the biggest convent in Antigua that was abandoned after an earthquake but is open now for the public to visit.

Note, that you can only pay for the entrance fee with cash! The entrance fee is around $5.00.

Union Tank

To catch the feel of the past I highly recommend passing by Union Tanks. A place where in colonial times people used to wash their clothes. Now simply a cool local socializing spot.

When taking a break...

For lunch, I can highly recommend Once Once! Very reasonable pricing and a lot of options to choose from. It is a vegan place but I would have never said it as the menu offers a variety of comfort foods.

And a perfect place where to end your day in Antigua is Cafe Sky. A great place where to watch the sunset!

All the above check out in my Antigua Video:

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