Top destinations in Central Cuba
One of the America’s and also of the entire world’s leading tourist destination, Cuba is a dream destination for numerous visitors. The country attracts millions of visitors every year, from all around the world. World famous beaches and islands, gorgeous national parks, colonial cities and towns, tobacco, sugar can and coffee plantations – these are just some attractions which characterize the fascinating country of Cuba.
Some of the most famous destinations spread all over the country are: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Baracoa, Varadero, Guardalavaca and so on. In some of the previous articles I have already presented you many of these. Below I will give you some useful information relating to the top destinations in Central Cuba.
Located right in the center of the island, Camagüey is a beautiful province. Its capital wears the same name. The third largest city of Cuba, Camagüey is a fantastic destination. Not only the city, but its surroundings are also very attractive for visitors. It is a majorly rural area, so if you are looking for the authentic Cuban countryside, this is your perfect destination. The city’s historic city centre is a highlight for visitors. It is considered the largest and also best-preserved of its kind on the island.
The city centre has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other sights are beautiful churches and unique twisted streets. In the northern part of the province there is the beautiful coastal line with the breathtaking Santa Lucía beach. The area is abundant in wildlife, especially the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago. The southern part of the province is famous for the wonderful Jardines de la Reina archipelago, an extremely popular site for divers and lovers of sun, sand and sea.
Another great tourist destination of Central Cuba is the famous city of Cienfuegos. It is a waterfront community, being very popular for tourists. Among the highlights of the city are include a group of buildings famous for their architectural significance. These were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.
The Cultural Centre is a must-see sight of Cienfuegos and so is the Castillo de Jagua, a large and breathtaking fortress which used to protect the city from menacing pirates. The fortress is considered today one of the country’s most significant military structures. Cienfuegos is also popular among the adept of scuba diving, as the waters surrounding the city are abundant in colorful coral reefs.
Santa Clara is also a fantastic tourist destination, being situated in the central part of the island. The city is famous for the battle named the Battle of Santa Clara. The city is also well-known for housing the Mausoleum of Che Guevara. Other visitor attractions of Santa Clara are the beautiful churches, parks and the Loma di Caprio. It is a beautiful hill which overlooks the city. If you love colonial architecture, you will love this city.