Cuba is a tourist destination par excellence, today we want to introduce you those cities that you must visit if you are on the island, suggested by locals:
Havana is the capital of the Republic of Cuba, its largest city, the main port, its economic-cultural center and its main tourist pole. Founded in 1514 (initially on the south coast of the island) by the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez (under the orders of Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar), under the foundational name of Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana, it was one of the first seven villas founded by the Spanish Crown on the island. Its historical, architectural and above all cultural heritage, expressed in the fusion between Europeans, Africans and aborigines at first, together with other more contemporary ethnic and cultural components, make the city an important recipient of international tourism and the centre of national life. Its historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982,7is today one of the best preserved architectural ensembles in Latin America. [Taken from Wikipedia]
The city of Trinidad is located in the central region of Cuba, specifically in the south of the Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus, and is the capital of the municipality of the same name.
La Villa de la Santísima Trinidad was the third village founded by the Spanish Crown in Cuba in early 1514. The village was founded with the presence of Adelantado Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, and evolved rapidly, making it one of the most prosperous in the largest of the Antilles. .
The conservation and restoration work undertaken by the specialists of this central-southern area of Cuba, and the love that its inhabitants profess for their city, made it one of the best-preserved colonial cities not only in Cuba, but also in America, and inscribed on the World Heritage List of Humanity by UNESCO next to the Valle de los Ingenios in 1988, an area where the sugar industry flourished with the arrival of the Iznaga, Borrell and Brunet families towards the middle of the nineteenth century. [Taken from Wikipedia]
Cienfuegos is located in the so-called peninsula of Majagua, on the shore of the bay of Jagua, of 88 km², at the bottom of it. This bay of aboriginal name is opened to the Caribbean Sea by a narrow channel that serves as access to the boats that use the port.
This city, known as the Perla del Sur, is 245 km from the capital city of Havana and 658 km from Santiago de Cuba, the second most important city in Cuba, and has the second most important port in the country.
In Cienfuegos there is also a wide artistic movement where many galleries stand out. One of them is the Marilin Monrroe Studio located in Prado. The space shows the work of very talented young visual artists. The objective of these boys is to try to rescue the academy from its particularities. [Taken from Wikipedia]
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is a city in Cuba, located in the east of the island. It is the second most important city in the country due to its economy and population. It was the capital of the ancient province of Oriente and nowadays it is the capital of the province of the same name. It was founded in 1515 by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, among the first seven villages in Cuba. The conqueror Hernán Cortés was the first mayor of the city and from there he left for the conquest of Mexico.
It was the first capital of Cuba with exceptional geographical conditions. The first black slaves entered Cuba through the bay of Santiago and with them strong African and Spanish roots. [Taken from Wikipedia]
b>Camagüey is a city located in the central-east of Cuba, capital of the homonymous province.
It was founded on February 2, 1514 as a village, called Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, the third in Cuba, also known as Puerto Príncipe. It is located at 21º22’51” N and 77º55’01” W; and is 5 meters above sea level. The city has a population of more than 300,000 (2005). In 2008 UNESCO named its historic center as a World Heritage Site. [Taken from Wikipedia]