Relax on the great beaches of La Serena
When most people picture La Serena, they think of beautiful white sandy beaches lapped by the warm and peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean. While plenty of sun, great beaches and clean air are one of La Serena's main attractions, it would be a mistake to conclude that it is the city's only attraction.
La Serena means 'the serene one' and is an apt name for one of Chile's main beach-vacation destinations. The city is somewhat distinguished, being Chile's second oldest city after Santiago. La Serena was founded shortly after Santiago and was developed to act as a sea link between Santiago and Lima. The town served this purpose well and even had to be fortified against pirates in the 1700s. Due to careful planning and an urban renewal project, La Serena has recently enjoyed a beautiful architectural face-lift. The majority the town is built in the Colonial Renaissance style and this is strongly concentrated around the Plaza de Armas.
The main attraction in La Serena is, of course, it's many fine stretches of beach. The average visitor could spend roughly two-weeks here and enjoy a different beach every day - though not all beaches are suitable for swimming. The region is rain-free for as many as nine months of the year which makes it perfect for beach-focused holidays. On days with less than perfect weather, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy such as shopping and dining on the fine local seafood. The La Recova Municipal Market is a great place to pick up local handcrafted items and mix with the native people. There are also a number of fine hotels in La Serena which offer a variety of activities and friendly service.
Sightseeing is another popular activity and there is a never-ending variety of things to see and do. Historical monuments, beautiful architecture and interesting old churches abound. There are also a number of museums which focus on a variety of topics. The surrounding areas also hold a variety of interesting attractions. Perhaps the most notable is that of Parque Nacional Fray Jorge which is a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. The Elqui Valley makes for a great day-trip as it is the wine and pisco production area for the region. Book your accommodation in La Serena now to make sure that you enjoy this precious Chilean gem...