The charming city of Granada is the oldest city on the American continent, with a colourful Spanish colonial centre, best…
Even today, Central America's colonial cities still have the ability to carry visitors back in time. Their streets that have retained the same charm and timeless feel that put them on the radar of travellers, attracted by their beauty and layers of history and culture.
Mexico's best colonial cities and towns are concentrated in the centre of the country, with places like Puebla, San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro, Taxco and Cuernavaca all surrounding Mexico City. Heading east, San Cristobal is perhaps the most attractive colonial city in the country, whilst Merida and Campeche are both excellent basis from which to explore the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Arguably the most photogenic of all the colonial cities in Central America is Nicaragua's Granada, a colourful city on the shores of the vast Lake Nicaragua, famed for its fantastic neo-classical cathedral, friendly locals and horse-drawn carriages. Anitgua in Guatemala might perhaps dispute that claim, backed as it is by two towering volcanoes and boasting lively markets, a thriving cultural scene and exquisite colonial architecture.
Across the Caribbean sea, the island of Cuba offers its own colonial splendours. Havana and Trinidad in particular are as astonishingly beautiful as they are utterly fascinating, they are cities in which visitors can discover the unique society that has made the country one of the most alluring travel destinations in the world.
See below for more on each destination and for a selection of tours that will take you to the best colonial cities in Central America.
Ambos Mundos Tour
12 Nights from £3,541 €3,172 $3,957
The proud, defiant traditions of Cuba contrast with impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan, both sharing similar Spanish colonial heritage but very different modern history…
15 Nights from £2,652 €2,150 $2,713
Journey overland to admire the myriad of landscapes and cultures along the route. Peeling back layers to discover ancient Mayan and Aztec pyramids, combined with the colonial…
10 Nights from £2,532 €2,012 $2,545
Cuba projects a surreal mise-en-scene of classic cars, cyclists and derelict buildings, standing next to pristine, beautifully renovated colonial squares, palaces and turn of…
7 Nights from £2,717 €2,225 $2,804
Local people are eager to show you the country's natural splendor, tropical forests, traditions and culture, incredible beaches, massive island volcanoes and beautiful colonia…
14 Nights from £3,647 €3,293 $4,105
A land steeped in ancient history, colonial past and scattered with Mayan and Aztec pyramids. We include the stunning Chiapas region with villages nestled in mountains.
7 Nights from £1,403 €713 $964
The historic towns of Mexico City are hidden gems called Pueblos Magicos ( Magical Towns) with cobbled streets, colonial houses painted in bright colours and beautiful churche…
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