Founded in 1543, Antigua was built in an era of fantastic colonial wealth. Three enormous volcanoes surround a city of great charm and grace. History and geology have combined to create one of the world's greatest travel destinations. Antigua was at one time the capital city of Guatemala, and its beauty and style are preserved to this day. Antigua is small and full of colourful cobblestone streets, wonderful museums, parks shops, markets, restaurants, and ruins.