The colonial Church of Panchimalco is the center of activities in this small village just minutes from San Salvador. The spanish barroque colonial influence mixed with arab and the local indian traditions make this an interesting site to visit.
The Palms Prosesssion in may is an extremely colorful event where all the town's people go out in the streets with palms that have been threaded with fresh flowers. The dance and the music add to the ambiance.
Its not exactly in Panchimalco but in the small town of "Los Planes de Renderos". My hometown. anyway, they have great pupusas, nice look off points and breezy evenings. If you go into Panchimalco you will find a great number of pastry shops, a colonial church, arcades and starting August 6th (usually the firts week of August) the festivities begin. Be sure to try everything and not be flashy
In spite of being just 30 minutes from downtown San Salvador, Panchimalco is a quaint little village that has managed to retain it's authentic and rich mix of cultures.