Most Representative Colonial Towns of Cuba

Streets of Santiago de Cuba

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Are you interested about the cultural and historical sights of Cuba? Do you want to explore the colonial cities of the largest island in the Caribbean? If so, take a virtual journey with us into the historical Cuba and discover the most representative colonial towns. This tour involves the top colonial towns of this fascinating country, so here they are:

Santiago de Cuba

Situated on the Eastern part of Cuba, it was the capital city of Cuba until 1553, when Havana turned to be the capital. Due to the French and African settlements, the town became a melting pot of different cultures. Today the town is the center of the Cuban music, with awesome bars and nightlife that are visited by many tourists  from around the world. The major revolutions were held in the city, the most notable ones were when Fidel Castro attacked the Moncada Barracks. The city has many monuments that reveal the historical and cultural heritages.

Trinidad

Trinidad

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Trinidad it turned to be one of the most tourist friendly colonial towns of Cuba. It was found in 1514 as a third Spanish settlement in the country. During the 18th and 19th centuries the town became wealthy because of its sugar plantations in the Valley de los Ingenios, translated as the Valley of the Sugar Mills. Nowadays the town still preserved some features of the colonial atmosphere, its pastel coloured houses, impressive architectural church buildings and cobble- stoned streets are a must see on any trip to Cuba. Visitors can wander around the colonial buildings, such as the Santisma Trinidad Church, Museo National de la Lucha or Contra Bandidos.

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos

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It was founded in 1819 as a Spanish Colonial town, during the years the town become a trading center of tobacco, coffee and sugar cane. The historic center of Cienfuegos is a mix of colonial architectural influences with a modern Latin American design. The town is a must see colonial town for those who has an interest of architecture, culture and history. Some worth see attractions are: Government Palace, The Ferrer Palace, San Lorenzo School and the prestigious Tomas Terry Theater and Casino.

Baracoa

Baracoa

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Baracoa is famous for being the first city that Columbus discovered in the Caribbean Island. In the year of 1512 it became the first Spanish settlement in Cuba. The town is framed with the most beautiful sights of Cuba, by mountainous jungles and majestic mountains, where visitors can also discover the banana, cocoa and coffee plantations. The surrounding deep forests are perfect for bird watching   provide home for a number of reptile, butterfly and bird species.

Camagüey

Camagüey

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Founded in 1528 the town of Camagüey belongs to the fist Spanish settlements in the Caribbean Island. Baceuse of the high number of churches found in the city, Camagüey is also called as the City of Churches. Its center presents diverse architectural style buildings; some of them have Neo-colonial, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Art Deco features. Some attractions of the town are the house of Ignacio Agramonte  and the bustling farmer’s market.

 

 

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