Heredia, Costa Rica
The capital of Heredia province is the small yet quaint Heredia city, which is just 10 km from northern San Jose at the foothills of the extinct Brava Volcano. One of Costa Rica’s most historical cities, Heredia was founded in 1705 and is nicknamed “City of Flowers”, due to the many beautiful gardens and wonderful flora found around here. Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery, Heredia is the ideal place to visit for a family holiday.
A relaxed and laidback place, the main attraction of Heredia is its superb colonial architecture that can be seen all over town. In the heart of the city, surrounding the main square, which is a popular gathering place, is Heredia’s historic La Inmaculada Concepcion, a majestic church built in 1796, with bells imported all the way from Cuzco, Peru. The stained glass paintings in the church are some of the oldest in the country. This church stands in Heredia’s Central Park, and has a variety of shops and restaurants neighboring it.
Also found in Parque Central is a music temple, as well as El Fortin, a wonderful colonial tower of an old Spanish fort. Besides some old buildings, the park is home to the La Casa de la Cultura as well, which holds historical and art exhibitions on a regular basis.