The 10 Prettiest Towns in El Salvador
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Discover The Most Beautiful Towns in El Salvador
From graceful colonial architecture to brilliant murals displaying indigenous art, the cities and towns of El Salvador are a mix and match of cultures, heritages and stories, all on display in a country that is recovering from recent struggles and eager to receive to the tourists.
Atop a hill overlooking the blue waters of Lake Suchitlan, the Spanish colonial town of Suchitoto was saved from destruction during El Salvador's harsh civil war by a dedicated group of locals. Hoje, Suchitoto has a place in which all the itineraries of travel, or the center of a proud renaissance of local craftsmanship, its central square dominated by a cathedral cheia of craft barracks and full of shops that sell roupas tingidas à mão em indigo, cultivated in the region. The tiled adobe houses that line the cobblestone streets are painted in soft shades of mauve, lilac, blue and green and covered in colorful bougainvillea. Several of Suchitoto's historic dark-beamed villas have been restored as boutique hotels and atmospheric restaurants, with rooms set around shady patios. The theme continues at the Alejandro Cotto Museum of Memories, the former home of El Salvador's most famous and beloved film director, which he left filled with colonial Spanish antiques and memorabilia.
2. La Palma
This quiet mountain town revolves around Fernando Llort, perhaps El Salvador's most renowned painter and craftsman, whose mosaics adorn the Central Cathedral of San Salvador. After settling in the village at age 23, Llort dedicated himself to teaching the neighbors his own "naive" style of carved and painted folk art, which continues to be one of the most important sources of employment in the area. In fact, La Palma seems to live and breathe art; Murals with indigenous designs cover the walls of houses and shops, and everywhere are round brown tides called copinol made in brightly painted sculptures. Don't miss the mosaics in the central park either.
3. Santa Ana
Enriched by the surrounding coffee plantations, Santa Ana, El Salvador's second-least-visited city, displays a number of striking architectural gems, including the National Theater, a baroque wedding cake of a jade green building, and a Gothic cathedral that rivals any other. others in Central America. Halfway between Santa Ana and San Salvador, visit Joya de Ceren, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sometimes called "Pompeii of the New World" for its excavation of an ancient Mayan farming village buried in ash during a volcanic eruption. And Santa Ana is also a convenient place to stay while visiting El Salvador's even more impressive ruins, the Step Pyramids of Tazumal.
Famous for its Feria de la Gastronomia, or food festival, which takes over the central plaza on weekends, Juayúa also serves as the most popular base camp for travelers on the Ruta de las Flores, a 20-mile drive to through a series of picturesque villages. Surrounded by lush forests and rapid rivers, Juayúa is the gateway to the set of waterfalls called Chorros de la Calera and for the even longer trek of the Siete Cascadas. When you are in Juayúa, do what the Cariocas do and eat, starting with the traditional bread and butter for breakfast at the Pastelería y Cafetería Festival.
Weaving, wicker and other handicrafts are the center of attention in Nahuizalco, a small town on the Ruta de las Flores with strong indigenous influence. Hammocks, handbags and handmade furniture are just some of the products brought from neighboring cities. At night, the market comes alive with a festive atmosphere, as the craft shops are open and lit only by candlelight. This region also produces chocolate; some of the local cacao plantations are open for visits.
In Nahuatl, the language of its original settlers, Salcoatitán means "the city of Quetzalcoatl" and, in fact, a strong sense of history, identity and pride permeate this peaceful town. In front of a festive plaza where there always seems to be a gathering, the colonial church of Salcoatitán is one of the oldest in El Salvador. But it's the graceful 300-year-old Ceiba tree that tells the most interesting story. Supposedly, anyone who embraces the tree and says prayer will receive a gift from the spirit of it. Now it is surrounded by a wall and a square with posters explaining its importance.
At 4,845 feet, the mountain town of Apaneca has become a destination for adventurers who come by zip line and hike to the volcanic crater lakes Laguna Verde and Laguna de las Ninfas. With cobblestone streets and rainbow-hued stucco houses almost as colorful as Suchitoto's, Apaneca has a long vibe, fueled by quirky offerings like the Café Albania Labyrinth, a hedge maze so complex it's really possible to get lost. Between Apaneca and Concepción de Ataco, stop for lunch at El Jardín de Celeste, the Salvadoran version of a roadside attraction with tropical gardens, a playground, and cabins.
8. Concepcion de Ataco
Nestled in the mountains and surrounded by coffee plantations, the town the locals call Ataco is a kaleidoscope of murals, the result of a street art project spurred by a government beautification contest. Since then, art has dominated the city, with the streets around the serene central square lined with textile shops, handicrafts and galleries. This is a coffee region with vendors ready to organize tours of the nearby coffee plantations. Climb up to the cross at the top of the hill to see the coffee plantations, then relax with a cup of the best coffee in the world at Kafekali or Café del Sitio.
9. La Libertad
The beauty of this fishing village on the central coast of El Salvador is in its energy and liveliness, which are most on display during the afternoon when the fishermen return from the tour. Stroll along Malécon's boardwalk lined with market stalls, then head to the end of the long municipal quay to watch the fishing boats come out of the water and announce the day's catch as they unload. The name La Libertad also designates the longest stretch of coastline, which includes some of the best surfing and breaking beaches in the world, from Punta Roca in the north of the city to El Sunzal, El Tunco and El Zonte further north.
This bustling city near the Guatemalan border is known for its geothermal activity, shown in Los Ausoles, a group of hot springs, mud pools, and steam jets. Near the bus station, crowds flock to the market area along the General Francisco Menéndez Park, which also offers a lush oasis around a lookout point. But the true heart of the city is Concordia Park and the white and gold colonial church Iglesia Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. A set of arched gates and fountains known as Pasaje La Concordia illuminated at night with bright colors, is the place to meet and be seen.
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