The best tourist attractions in Trinidad

photo by Stephen Colebourne

Cuba has many fascinating cities, and Trinidad is among the most interesting of them all. This tiny town is one of the most well preserved colonial towns in South America, as a Unesco World Heritage Site to boot. On the map, Trinidad doesn’t look like much, and its center is made up of no more than a couple of blocks, but despite its reduced size, it is one of the most popular attractions in Cuba. The cobbled streets and the pastel-colored buildings hide many treasure that will appeal to the discerning traveler. Trinidad might not be famous for its nightlife or shopping, but it is a must-see for anyone who’s interested in Cuban culture and history. Here are some of the best tourist attractions in Trinidad.

Plaza Mayor

If you plan on rambling around the twisty streets of Trinidad, you had better start at the very heart of the old town, at the Plaza Mayor. The beautiful buildings surrounding the plaza are the product of a rather unpleasant history (they were built using the riches gained from slave trade and labor on sugar plantations), but they are marvelous to look at. The square is a great start for a walk around the old streets, or a place to stop and return to when you get tired of walking.

Plazuela del Jigüe

photo by Justin Otto

The small square of Jigüe is a place you can’t forget easily. Historically, Plazuela del Jigüe is important to Cubans because this is the place where Bartolomé de Las Casas, a Dominican friar, celebrated the first mass in Cuba in 1514. On of the highlights of the square is the El Jigüe restaurant with its interesting portico and hand painted tiles.

Church of the Holy Trinity

The Church of the Holy Trinity in the Plaza Mayor is one of the most interesting buildings in the city, dating back to the 19th century, but built on the site of an older church. The church contains one of the local treasure of Trinidad, a wooden statue of Jesus, initially intended for a church in Mexico, but returned to Trinidad when the ship carrying it ran into bad weather.

Palacio Brunet

photo by Stephen Colebourne

This palace built in 1812 had some rough times in the past, but it has been lovingly and carefully restored, and today it is one of the gems of the city. The palace is beautiful, but if you go inside you can visit the Romantic Museum, which displays art and objects that used to belong to the family that built the palace.

Museo Histórico Municipal

The Municipal History Museum is a must-see attractions for those who are interested in Antiques and lavish furniture from the 19th century, as well as exhibits relating to slave history in Cuba, as well as mementos and displays about the Cuba Revolution. While you’re there, don’t forget to climb the tower, which offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of Trinidad.

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