Trinidad is located in the center of the island. It was the third villa founded in Cuba by the Spanish conquers in 1514 and until today it has kept its authenticity of the 16th century, well we could call it, a city frozen in time. In 1988, it was declared by the Unesco World Heritage Site for its magnificent conservation.
Its picturesque houses and cobblestone streets, the “San Francisco Church”, the “Plaza Mayor”, the restaurant “El Jigue”, etc, typical of the era makes Trinidad one of the most beautiful cities of Cuba. Walking through its cobbled streets makes you feel as if you were in the past. It is such a beautiful city that only walking through the center you will have unique experiences. Of course you'll have the opportunity to take lots of unique and beatiful pictures.
Sites to visit:
♦ Historic Center of Trinidad. You'll find a great diversity of architecture of that era with a magnificent conservation.
♦Plaza Mayor–Restaurant Plaza Mayor. The “Plaza Mayor” is the heart of Trinidad's historic center with buildings surrounding the square dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of them belonged to rich landowners in the city. In this plaza you will find an excellent and cozy restaurant. It is a Colonial place for you to enjoy a typical Cuban food while listening to live music of the area.
♦Brunet Palace. The current “Brunet Palace” was a family home built in 1741 by Captain Felipe Santiago de Silva. The house retains the architecture of the time. Currently the house, through 14 rooms, displays the colonial atmosphere of the Trinitarian era and how its residents did not scrimp on costs in order to acquire pieces of art most of them imported from Europe, also the furniture that were mostly produced on the island. The Palace has an andalusian courtyard, which was considered at that time the most beautiful of the Caribbean country.
♦ Convent and Church of San Francisco. Built in 1813 by Franciscan monks.
♦Valle de los Ingenios. Hosted one of the largest sugar regions of the country. The valley had 13 estates, some of which even today retain part of its industrial equipment of the time. Within the old haciendas we can find “Manaca Iznaga” which you can visit and learn personally the customs of the time.
♦Hacienda Guachinango. It is a farmhouse that belongs to the “Valle de los Ingenios” from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. There lived two German families “the Meyer” and “the Fisher” which were devoted primarily to the cultivation of fruit and cattle, but not so much to the cane. It is located 4 Km away from the farmhouse “Manaca Iznaga”.
♦La Canchánchara. It is a bar that bears his name in honor of the Cuban cocktail “La Canchánchara”, which is made with brandy, honey and lemon. Along with this delicious drink you can also enjoy live typical Cuban music.
If you like the beach you can enjoy several of them (“Playa La Boca”, “Ancón Península” and “María Aguilar”) just at 5 to 10 minutes by car . And if you are an enthusiast of the countryside do not miss visiting the natural park “Topes de Collantes”, which is located approximately 20 kilometers from Trinidad. This ecological reserve is located 800 meters above sea level and in it you can find a variety of tourist attractions such as the “Salto of Caburní”, which will make your trip an unforgettable experience. This region presents a different microclimate in comparison with the rest of the island with temperatures varying between 16 and 25 °C and due to its excellent climate conditions and the relative geographic isolation, it is home of the 45% of endemic birds of the country.
In the evening you can enjoy “salsa” music in the House of music (Casa de la Música) or at the night club The Cave (La Cueva) while taking a tasty “Mojito” or “Cuba Libre”.