San Salvador is the capital and largest city of El Salvador, it is the country’s political, cultural, educational and financial center. Surrounded by green-tipped volcanoes, San Salvador is handsome compared to some other Central American capital cities. Its leafy suburbs are pleasant to explore on foot, while its galleries and museums stand out for such a small city.
Best Time to Visit El Salvador
December is actually the best time to visit El Salvador, when the rainy season has just ended and the landscape is still green and the air clean and fresh. The rainy season (Mar-Nov) is the best time to surf, though the dry season is still good and more suitable for beginners.
Top Places to Visit in San Salvador
1. Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo
One of the most recognizable monuments in El Salvador is the Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo, or “Monument to the Saviour of The World”. The Saviour is San Salvador’s Patron Saint and is celebrated with massive festivities during the first full week of August every year.
2. The Iglesia Rosario
A church built by sculptor Ruben Martinez in the 1970’s, is arguably one of the most radically beautiful buildings in Central America. Resembling an airplane hangar from the outside, it is visually awe-inspiring from the inside, where a rainbow of colors rush across the floor and across the altar, as the natural night bounces off the metal and rock with the changing position of the sun.
3. Metropolitan Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral was built in 1956, replacing the previous Cathedral that was destroyed by an Earthquake in the 1800s. A steady stream of local and international tourists visit daily to see the tomb of Oscar Romero.
4. Plaza Futura
An open plan plaza at the base of a modern business tower, this is a popular expat hangout full of restaurants, cafe’s and bars. Prices here are generally higher here than establishments elsewhere in the city, however it offers some great views of the city. A pedestrian bridge connects Plaza Futura with the Crowne Plaza Hotel across the road.
5. La Laguna
Popular with locals, the beautiful botanical gardens of La Laguna located at the bottom of a volcanic crater showcase much native fauna.
6. El Boquerón National Park
Visit El Boquerón, San Salvador’s iconic volcano, and get up close and personal with this landmark just 15 miles (25 km) from the city. Walk the trails at the top of the volcano and take in the fresh pine-scented air, and then visit Santa Tecla, a town in the foothills of the volcano. If you are looking for an adventure and excitement then is just the place to go to spend the day and forget about stress!
7. Lake Ilpango
Lake Ilopango is a crater lake on the borders of the San Salvador, La Paz, and Cuscatlán departments. The lake is known for being a possible source for the extreme weather events of 535–536. The military airbase, Ilopango International Airport, has annual airshows where international pilots from all over the world fly over San Salvador City and Ilopango lake.