San Salvador

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San Salvador showing a square or plaza and city views
The sprawling capital of El Salvador has a turbulent history, which is well documented in its museums and still visible in its national monuments.

El Salvador’s capital has a modern edge, yet at its core the traditional charms of Central America are maintained. Walk San Salvador’s long, straight boulevards and explore its maze of narrow streets to find trendy bars and bustling markets. Sport and the arts define the city’s modern-day residents and their enthusiasm for soccer and culture is contagious.

Learn more about Mayan history and admire ancient ceramics at the Museo Nacional de Antropología David J. Guzmán. Visit the Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site to see how indigenous farmers lived before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. To experience how fanatic the locals are about soccer, see a game at the Estadio Cuscatlan. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

While the San Salvador Volcano is a stunning backdrop to the city and provides great hiking trails, there were devastating landslides from its slopes in 1986 during an earthquake. Destructive on another level was the civil war, which raged until 1992. Since then, many of the city’s grand buildings have been restored, such as the Catedral Metropolitano and the impressive Palacio Nacional.

When walking around, be aware of your surroundings and take all necessary precautions to avoid becoming a target of criminals, especially after dark. To find out where it is safe, ask the locals about their favorite local attractions. During weekends, buy crafts and see street artists along the Paseo del Carmen in the San Tecla neighborhood. Another popular choice is the Zona Rosa nightlife strip with clubs and restaurants.

El Salvador has an international airport and long-distance bus connections to other Central American countries. Surrounding the capital are coffee plantations, volcanoes and surfing beaches. To ensure your safety when traveling around, always opt for a taxi or organized tour over driving by yourself. To see the country’s largest crater lake, take a taxi to the Lago de Ilopango just east of the city.

Where to stay in San Salvador

Barceló San Salvador
Barceló San Salvador
4.5 out of 5
Ave Las Magnolias Y Blvd Del Hipodromo, San Salvador, SS
The price is AU$133 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in San Salvador. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,057 reviews)
"Excellent location safety Area 👍"

Reviewed on 4 Jul. 2022

Barceló San Salvador
Acantilados
Acantilados
3.5 out of 5
Km. 41 1/2, Carretera El Litoral, La Libertad, LI, 01101
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$344 per night from 12 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in La Libertad. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (207 reviews)
"We love this place. I had to rate it a 10. But this time that we went, the staff where not as friendly and the food was not good. We go at least 4 times a year. That’s why it wouldn’t be fair to give them one star. We love the place just that this time we were disappointed. Hope it was only a one ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2022

Acantilados
Hyatt Centric San Salvador
Hyatt Centric San Salvador
4.5 out of 5
Districto Comercial Cascadas, Calle El Pedregal y Avenida Sergio Paiz, Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad
The price is AU$168 per night from 5 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Antiguo Cuscatlan. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions Plaza Merliot and Estadio ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Brand new Hotel in the middle of everything. Elegant, convenient and friendly staff made it all worth it during family vacation. The pool is one of the best amenities the hotel offers."

Reviewed on 4 Jul. 2022

Hyatt Centric San Salvador
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cardedeu Suites
Cardedeu Suites
3 out of 5
Av. La Capilla, San Salvador, San Salvador
The price is AU$109 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in San Salvador. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Estadio Cuscatlan and Metrocentro are located ...
Cardedeu Suites
Plaza Hotel and Suites
Plaza Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
87 Avenida norte y 11 Calle Poniente, San Salvador, SS, 1068
The price is AU$119 per night from 15 Jul. to 16 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Salvador. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (790 reviews)
"The personnel in this hotel and their service is wonderl!"

Reviewed on 21 May 2022

Plaza Hotel and Suites
Novo Hotel & Suite
Novo Hotel & Suite
3 out of 5
Final 61 Avenida Norte Colonia, Escalon, San Salvador, SS
The price is AU$126 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Salvador. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (221 reviews)
"Loved the atmosphere, it felt like you were not in the city. Very friendly and helful staff."

Reviewed on 24 May 2022

Novo Hotel & Suite
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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