La Serena is one of the most famous resorts on the Chilean coast. In addition to the sandy beaches, its attraction is the very well-preserved colonial center with numerous churches and houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The city was first founded in the mid-16th century, but was soon destroyed by the Indians. Only the second location, in a more defensive place and with better security, survived the test of time. Currently, La Serena has the best-preserved old town of all Chilean cities. Due to the accumulation of historic temples and chapels, it is often called the city of churches. The most important temple is the 19th century cathedral. In its surroundings, while visiting La Serena, you can see many colonial wooden and stone houses.
One of the important attractions of La Serena is the Japanese Garden of the Heart, an extraordinary, quiet corner where you can find an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Monumental Lighthouse is the symbol and one of the most recognizable buildings. When visiting La Serena, you can also visit the Gabriel Mistral Museum.
The seaside location and mild climate make La Serena a popular seaside resort. La Serena beach is wide and sandy. It is located right next to the urban development, and there are many hotels on the shores. In summer, it is a very popular vacation spot for Chileans.