San Salvador attractions

Top Choice Church in San Salvador

Iglesia El Rosario

Designed by sculptor Ruben Martinez and completed in 1971, Iglesia El Rosario is radically beautiful. Arguably the finest church in Central America, its nondescript concrete exterior conceals an arched roof and a ra…
Top Choice Cathedral in San Salvador

Catedral Metropolitana

Facing the revamped Plaza Barrios, the cathedral is the most significant landmark in the city and the resting place of Archbishop Óscar A Romero. In the early days of the civil war, Monseñor Romero criticized the go…
Top Choice Gardens in San Salvador

Jardín Botánico La Laguna

Moss-covered bridges, pebbled paths, small waterfalls and ponds home to croaking frogs, turtles and feeding fish provide the perfect antidote to city bustle. The botanical garden is located at the bottom of a volcan…
Museum in San Salvador

Centro Monseñor Romero

At Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (La UCA), the Centro Monseñor Romero pays homage to the martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero. Highly informative free tours in English and Spanish provide detailed explan…
Gallery in San Salvador

El Arbol de Dios

'God's Tree' is an institute dedicated to the work of world-famous painter Fernando Llort, with a gallery displaying sophisticated pieces that differ from his simpler, better-known wood paintings. As well as work by…
Museum in San Salvador

Museo de la Palabra y La Imagen

This innovative museum examines the history of El Salvador's civil war (1981–1992), beginning with the long-term context of the 1920s struggle for agrarian reform and the coffee workers' rebellion of 1932. Exhibits …
Museum in San Salvador

Museo Nacional de Antropología David J Guzmán

This worthwhile museum has an excellent range of Maya and Olmec (pre-Maya) statues and relics from ancient Cuscatlan, as well as Lenca artifacts from eastern El Salvador. Particularly compelling is the gallery exami…
Museum in San Salvador

Museo de Arte de El Salvador

An impressive collection of sketches, paintings and installations track the development of prominent local artists including Fernando Llort, Rosa Mena Valenzuela and Rodolfo Molina; some of the larger contemporary w…
Palace in San Salvador

Palacio Nacional

Built in the early 20th century of Italian marble, the Palacio Nacional was the government headquarters until 1974. A few of the rooms now preserve remnants of the country's early governance (most are empty), but it…
Theater in San Salvador

Teatro Nacional

This ageing beauty still hosts major productions in the capital. Inaugurated in 1917, the theater was renovated in French classical style in the mid-20th century. Rehearsals permitting, free guided tours in Spanish …