Antigua is a firm favouite with our Guatemala private tours
. With a mild climate all year, cobblestone streets lined by brightly coloured colonial buildings, a central plaza with jacaranda-wreathed buildings, and 16th-century ruins. It was founded in 1543 and served as the regional seat of Spanish power for over 200 years. Although the city was destroyed in large part by earthquakes in 17th century, many colonial buildings were rebuilt and have been restored more recently. Antigua's historic importance and importance for religious festivals such as Semana Santa is not lost in the present. It has a vibrant cultural scene. Its historical sites host free events such as the International Jazz Festival. The city's centre is home to many bars and restaurants, making it a great place for food and drinks.