Antigua Guatemala is just 40 minutes away from the capital city. There is an excellent highway connecting the airport with this town, one of the most beautiful colonial cities of the Americas. This is the former capital of the country and it has incredible history amazing architecture and a lively present.
Locals have done a great job preserving this colonial jewel, once you enter the limits of Antigua everything is cobblestoned streets, colorful houses and buildings that maintain the traditional architectural style.
Antigua has excellent hotels and it is a very good value for travelers. Some of these hotels are housed in old ruins of monasteries bringing even more magic to the experience. Good ones are La Posada de Don Robrigo, Casa Santo Domingo, Finca Filadelfia and La Reunion Golf Resort -probably the best of all- and even when it is located in Alotenango 20 minutes away from Antigua it is still considered part of this region.
Foodies will find a paradise for their senses in Antigua, there are all kind of international restaurants. Those looking for local delicacies will have hard time choosing from refined dining venues to the simplicity of the markets.
This destination has become very well known among those who want to learn Spanish, the many language schools have a reputation for their excellent level of teaching the language along with the fact that it is an affordable destination.
Luxury is at hand for those who look for it in Antigua, from professional designed golf courses among the majestic volcanoes, to spas that offer treatment that combines the best of local ingredients and experiences.
With Spring comes the Christian Holy Week, a celebration that is at the heart of locals, religious processions evoking ancient traditions brought over from Spain centuries ago are revived every year along with the unique decoration of houses and the carpets made of flowers in the streets.
The weather is excellent the whole year, Spring is the transition from the dry season to the rainy one, so temperatures are very pleasant, with enough sunny days and blue skies, a perfect time to go visit the city and play a round of golf.