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The city of the Holy Savior is the third-largest in Central America, with more than two million inhabitants. The country’s only international airport is here, so many visitors spend a night in the capital on their way to the Pacific beaches or the western mountains. The centerpiece of the city is the Catedral Metropolitana with its domed towers in classic Spanish Colonial style. In sharp contrast, El Rosario church is a striking example of modern architecture. Shoppers will love the huge National Craft Market, while art lovers enjoy the contemporary local works at the Art Museum of El Salvador (MARTE). The David Guzman National Anthropology ...

The city of the Holy Savior is the third-largest in Central America, with more than two million inhabitants. The country’s only international airport is here, so many visitors spend a night in the capital on their way to the Pacific beaches or the western mountains. The centerpiece of the city is the Catedral Metropolitana with its domed towers in classic Spanish Colonial style. In sharp contrast, El Rosario church is a striking example of modern architecture. Shoppers will love the huge National Craft Market, while art lovers enjoy the contemporary local works at the Art Museum of El Salvador (MARTE). The David Guzman National Anthropology Museum exhibits cultural artifacts from throughout the country’s history. San Salvador’s nightlife is legendary, from the swanky clubs and discos of the Zona Rosa to the more Bohemian scene on the Calle San Antonio Abad. As in any Central American capital, the contrast between rich and poor can be a bit of a shock. Opulent megamalls and a full complement of American fast-food chains overlook the corrugated metal roofs of sprawling shantytowns. Popular day trips include the archaeological site of San Andrés and the San Salvador volcano.

Charlie Morris
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Charlie Morris is the author of the Open Road guidebooks Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Central America
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: El Salvador Colon
  • Research: San Salvador

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    November-April (dry season)