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Capitolio Nacional

Taking up a whole block and covered in gold domes and neoclassical frills, this enormous, stately building dates from the 1870s. It is particularly famous for the murals splashed across the dome of its Salón Elíptico (Oval Hall), which depict the battle of Carabobo in the Wars of Independence. Tours inside made by prior appointment. For reasons of personal safety, try to avoid any political protests or demonstrations outside.

Address: , Plaza Bolívar, Caracas,
Telephone: +58 212 4829 516.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0800-1700.

Website: http://www.asambleanacional.gob.ve
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

El Hatillo

One of the city's most beguiling corners, El Hatillo is a colourful colonial village that was gobbled up by the expanding city, but managed to hang on to its small-town charms with brightly painted adobe buildings and a whitewashed little church. Centred on a pretty plaza, it is also the best place in Caracas to shop for handicrafts.

Address: , , ,
Telephone:
Opening times: Website:
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Panteón Nacional

This stately monument is home to the final resting place of national and continental hero El Libertador (The Liberator) Simón Bolívar, as well as other members of Venezuela's historic great and good. An elegant ecclesiastic-style building, it is well worth seeing if only for the murals that smother the ceiling en route to Bolívar's excessively extravagant tomb.

Address: Parroquia Altagracia, Foro Libertador, Caracas,
Telephone: +58 212 862 1518.
Opening times:

Tues-Fri 0900-1630, Sat-Sun 1000-1600.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

This gallery is one of the continent's top spots for modern art, with plenty of big names from the national and international stages, including Picasso, Chagall, Bacon, Freud, Miró and the world-famous Venezuelan artist Jesús Soto. There are also temporary exhibits including photography, video art and installation.

Address: Bellas Artes, Zona Cultural de Parque Central, Caracas,
Telephone: +58 212 573 8289.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1700, Sat-Sun 1000-1600.

Website: http://mac.fmn.gob.ve
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Parque Nacional El Ávila

A mountainous national park towering over the city, El Ávila makes the perfect getaway from the constant noise and confusion in downtown Caracas. A lofty cable car runs to the mountain top from the suburb of Maripérez. The mountain slopes are criss-crossed by trails and there is a tourist complex on the 2,175m-high (7,135ft) summit, that includes a restaurant, ice-rink and several hungry monkeys.

Address: , El Ávila Mountain, Caracas,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 1000-2000.

Website: http://www.el-avila.com
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Museo de Arte Colonial

Housed in a delightful old colonial mansion called the Quinta de Anauco and surrounded by manicured gardens, this museum of colonial art is well worth the trip 15 minute's walk north of the centre.

Address: San Bernardino, Avenida Panteón, Caracas,
Telephone: +58 2125 514 256.
Opening times:

Tues-Fri 0900-1200 and 1400-1600; Sat-Sun 1000-1600.

Website: http://www.quintadeanauco.org.ve
Admission Fees:

Adults: Bs.F. 1,000. Concessions: Bs.F. 800.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Casa Natal de Bolívar

The birthplace of Venezuela's most famous son, Simón Bolívar, is now a shrine to the independence hero who saw off the Spaniards in the 19th century. A colonial house in central Caracas, it has been refitted in the original style and is decorated by murals of his finest moments.

Address: Distrito Capital, San Jacinto, Caracas,
Telephone: +58 212 541 2563.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0800-1600.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Galería de Arte Nacional

A display numbering than 4,000 pieces, across eleven rooms, includes some of the finest Venezuelan artwork with everything from pre-Hispanic prints to contemporary sculpture.

Address: , Avenida México, Caracas,
Telephone: +58 212 5768 707.
Opening times:

Tues-Fri 0900-1700, Sat-Sun 1000-1700.

Website: http://gan.fmn.gob.ve
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

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Gran Melía Caracas

This princely choice is one of the largest and most sumptuous hotels in Caracas, which manages to feel far removed from the surrounding noise and heat despite its central location. It boasts all the trimmings including Jacuzzis in the rooms, gym, swimming pool and several first-class restaurants.

Hotel Paseo Las Mercedes

This squeaky clean hotel is ideal if you have a stopover in Caracus. It has uniformly comfortable rooms and pleasant English-speaking staff. It is located in a shopping centre but has the pick of dozens of excellent restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs on its doorstep.

Cayena-Caracas Hotel

A secure retreat in the centre of the bustling metropolis, unwind on the rooftop of this 5-star hotel with a dip in the heated pool. Packed with a boutique, Venezuelan-inspired style, amenities at the Cayena-Caracas include a 42" television and pillow menu in every room, and fitness centre on the top floor.

Dal Bo Hostel

Expect a warm welcome at the premiere hostel in the historical centre of Caracas, graced with an international crowd taking refuge in one of its six-bed dorms. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, towel rental and 24 hour security at the front desk.

Pestana Caracas Premium City & Conference Hotel

Plush with rooftop pool and views overlooking Parque Generalísimo Francisco De Miranda this business hotel includes free Wi-Fi 24 hour room service and a fitness centre with sauna and jacuzzi.

Caracas Palace Hotel

The former Four Seasons hotel does not disappoint and is widely considered one of the best hotels in Caracas located in the exclusive and safe neighbourhood of Altamira. There's a fantastic, curvaceous pool, two excellent restaurants and a spa as well as 115 sumptuous and spacious rooms.