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Camagüey: A Centuries-Old History in Eastern Cuba

The city of Camagüey, which was initially founded as a coastal village, treasures 490 years of history in its streets and buildings, and the peculiarity of being called the "city of tinajones" (large earthenware jars) by its dwellers.

Those huge earthenware containers, which were used to store rainwater for human consumption centuries ago, decorate gardens and parks, giving a touch of distinction to the city, which exhibits elements of its colonial past everywhere you go.

Founded in 1514 as the village of Santa María del Puerto Príncipe, the city currently features a combination of modernism and history, in a setting where modern buildings are interrelated with ancient historic sites.

Famous for its huge cattle potential, the city was moved to its current location to avoid attacks by corsairs and pirates, who were attracted by the vast wealth of the largest Antillean Island.

Camagüey is a city with one-tower temples, façades with eaves and pillars, iron-wrought windows, and houses with interior patios and red-tile roofs. All of these are elements of a sober and at the same time attractive architecture in a setting made up of a true labyrinth of alleys.

The streets have been capriciously designed, since they are straight only in short segments and then take different directions, creating triangles or ending at one of the many squares of the old village.

Camagüey. Patio with "tinajones" (large earthenware jars)
Camagüey. Principal Theater
San Juan de Dios Square

The city's main square is the Ignacio Agramonte Park, which was built in 1528 as the Arms Square and still preserves its condition as the core of the city's architectural structure, despite the many changes the village has undergone with the passage of time.

In the early years of the village, major administrative institutions created by the Spanish colonizers, including the venue of the government and the Iglesia Mayor, or Greater Church, surrounded the plaza, which was also the axis to design the city.

Other more recent constructions are the Principal Theater, built in 1850 and characterized by abundant marble and glass, and La Merced Church, a legacy from the 18th century that holds the Holy Sepulcher, which is the country's biggest piece of its kind and was made of 23,000 silver coins donated by a believer.

However, Camagüey is not only history. It also offers 125 kilometers of beaches for travelers interested in combining history with leisure, while ecotourism lovers can also visit the Sierra de Cubitas Mountain Range.

In that setting sits the coastal resort of Santa Lucía, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world because of its crystal-clear waters, the presence of the world's second largest coral reef and many colonies of pink flamingos.

In a perfect combination of paradise and adventure, a large number of keys and islets - many of which are deserted and boast pristine beaches - are available as future options for those who bet on both history and leisure to spend their vacations.

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Ballet de Camagüey
Institutions

Carretera Central No. 3331

Camagüey
Birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte
Museums

Ave. Ignacio Agramonte No. 459 e/ Independencia y Cisneros

Camagüey
Birthplace of Nicolás Guillén
Places of Interest

Calle Hermanos Agüero No. 58

Camagüey
Conjunto Monumentario "Ignacio Agramonte"
Places of Interest

Plaza de la Revolución

Camagüey
Museo Antiguo Cuartel de Caballería del Ejército Español
Museums

Ave. de los Mártires No. 2

Camagüey
Museo de la Lucha Estudiantil "Jesús Suaréz Gayol"
Museums

Calle República No. 69

Camagüey
Museo Provincial de Camagüey "Ignacio Agramonte"
Museums

Ave. de los Mártires No. 2 esq. a Ignacio Sánchez

Camagüey
Old Villa of Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe
Urban Historic Centers

Ciudad de Camagüey

Camagüey
Quinta Amalia Simoni
Museums

Calle General Gómez No. 608 e/ Simoni y Plaza de la Habana

Camagüey
San Juan de Dios Plaza and Hospital
Monuments

Calle San Juan de Dios y San Rafael

Camagüey
Santa Iglesia Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Cisneros No. 168

Camagüey
Teatro Principal
Theaters

Calle Padre Valencia No. 64

Camagüey
ACCOMMODATION All services
Camagüey
City

Carretera Central Este Km 4.5, Reparto Jayamá

Camagüey
Colón
City

Calle República No. 472 e/ San José y San Martín

Camagüey
Florida
City

Carretera Central Km 536

Camagüey
Gran Hotel Camagüey
City

Calle Maceo No. 64 e/ Ignacio Agramonte y General Gómez

Camagüey
Plaza
City

Calle Van Horne No. 1 e/ República y Avellaneda

Camagüey
Puerto Príncipe
City

Ave. de los Mártires No. 60, Reparto La Vigía

Camagüey
WHERE TO DINE All services
Caribe
Buffet restaurant

Hotel Gran Hotel

Camagüey
El Dorado
Cuban cuisine

Hotel Plaza

Camagüey
El Pollito
White meat

Ave. Finlay km. 6

Camagüey
Ingenio Santa Isabel
Light Meals

Carretera Santa Lucía Km. 4, Santa Lucía

Camagüey
La Barra Impacto
Light Meals

Calle República No. 358

Camagüey
La Gran Vía
Light Meals

Carretera Central

Camagüey
La Vicaria
International cuisine

Calle República No. 22 e/ General Gómez y Callejón

Camagüey
Las Arecas
Light Meals

Hotel Gran Hotel

Camagüey
Las Ruinas
Light Meals

Calle Independencia esq. a Hermanos Agüero, Plaza Maceo

Camagüey
Los Mangos
Light Meals

Ave. Finlay Km. 7, Aeropuerto Internacional "Ignacio Agramonte"

Camagüey
Nan King
Asian cuisine

Calle República No. 222

Camagüey
Parador de los Tres Reyes
Light Meals

Calle San Juan de Dios No. 18

Camagüey
Puerto Príncipe
International cuisine

Hotel Camagüey

Camagüey
Rancho King
Cuban cuisine

Carretera de Santa Lucía km. 35, Finca Cafetal San Miguel

Camagüey
Ranchón
Light Meals

Hotel Camagüey

Camagüey
Salón Caribe
Cuban cuisine

Hotel Gran Hotel

Camagüey
NIGHTLIFE All services
1920
Pool bar

Hotel Gran Hotel

Camagüey
Campana Toledo
Bar

Calle San Juan de Dios No. 18 e/ Ramón Pinto y Pedro Olallo

Camagüey
Canadá
Bar

Hotel Camagüey

Camagüey
Club Rumbos
Bar

Ave. Principal Santa Lucía

Camagüey
El Cambio
Bar

Calle Martí esq. a Independencia, Parque Agramonte

Camagüey
El Mirador bajo las Estrellas
Bar

Hotel Gran Hotel

Camagüey
El Vitral
Snack bar

Hotel Plaza

Camagüey
Havana Club
Pool bar

Hotel Camagüey

Camagüey
La Marquesina
Bar

Hotel Gran Hotel

Camagüey
Las 3 Carabelas
Bar

Hotel Colón

Camagüey
Lobby Bar
Lobby bar

Hotel Colón

Camagüey
Lobby Bar
Lobby bar

Hotel Camagüey

Camagüey
Patio
Bar

Hotel Colón

Camagüey
Pérgola
Lobby bar

Hotel Plaza

Camagüey
Plaza
Bar

Hotel Plaza

Camagüey
Sala de Fiestas La Cuba
Nightclub

Calle Independencia No. 208 e/ Martí y Hermanos Agüero

Camagüey
Tinajón
Bar

Hotel Gran Hotel

Camagüey
Tradicuba
Cabaret

Hotel Camagüey

Camagüey
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