Wandering through Cuba’s historical towns
I am absolutely sure that just like me, you also consider Cuba one of the most fascinating holiday destinations. This spectacular Caribbean country attracts millions of visitors due to its wonderful nature, scenic islands and beaches, unique culture, fantastic festivals, spectacular colonial towns, its monuments relating to the Cuban Revolution and so on.
If you are interested in the history of Cuba, you can buy some books and get the information, but I have a better idea. Buy yourself a ticket to this astonishing country and discover it by your own. Wandering through Cuba’s historical towns is a unique experience, it is something that you will never forget. In order to help you find the best settlements, below I will present you the best historic cities and towns of Cuba.
The most beautiful city of Cuba is with no doubt its capital city, the wonderful Havana. The city is an extremely popular tourist destination. It has a rich history, being founded in the 16th century by the Spanish. Due to its strategic location the city used to be a stopping point for the Spanish Galleons. It is not surprising that the historic centre of Havana has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. If you would like to visit Havana, I suggest you to spend a couple of days here. There are so many visitor attractions here that you will need more than just one day to see all of them. The best landmarks and historic attractions of Havana are the following: Old Havana (the historic centre) with its wonderful buildings, the Capitolio Nacional, the El Morro Castle, the Fortress San Carlos de la Cabaña, the Great Theatre of Havana, the Plaza Vieja, numerous museums and so on.
Santiago de Cuba
Another popular historic city of Cuba is its second large settlement, Santiago de Cuba. It is situated in the south-eastern part of the country. The city also has a rich history. It used to be the second most important city in Cuba for a long time. Today Santiago de Cuba is a major tourist destination of the country. With its fantastic landmark, the San Pedro de la Roca Castle, its famous carnival and the nearby Baconao Park, the city attracts a large number of visitors every year.
Situated also on the southern coast of Cuba, Cienfuegos is another fantastic historic town. It is one of the major seaports of Cuba, playing an important role in sugar-, coffee- and tobacco trade. The beautiful Castillo de Jagua has been constructed to protect the town from the attacks of pirates. The historic town preserved a lot of its original look. Its historic centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visiting this wonderful town is like stepping back in past.
The third largest city of Cuba, Camagüey is another popular tourist destination. Founded around 1515, the city has a rich history. The entire city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. It is not surprising if we think of the tiny streets and the wonderful colonial buildings. Wandering through this historic city, just like in the previously mentioned ones, is with no doubt a memorable experience.