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Matanzas: A Touch of History by the Sea

The western Cuban province of Matanzas is a unique touch of history by the sea and has become an excellent complement for the thousands of foreign vacationers who visit the world-famous beach resort of Varadero every year.

The city of Matanzas, which was founded in 1693 as San Severino y San Carlos, was also known as Cuba's Athens or America's Venice, because of its rivers, bridges and canals, and developed a busy commercial activity and rich cultural life at the time.

Due to its peculiar economic prosperity, the city was also called America's Naples in the mid-19th century, until it was baptized with its current name.

Because of its many overpasses, Matanzas was also called the "city of bridges", among which the old La Concordia bridge, known today as Lacret, or the Calixto García bridge, just to mention some, stand out.

Architectural diversity characterizes the city, which boasts crown jewels such as the Sauto Theater, inaugurated in 1863 and designed by the Italian architect Daniel D'Allaglio, and declared a National Monument.

Plaza de la Vigía, the city's first arms square, is surrounded by exponents that are closely linked to Matanzas' historic values, including buildings such as the Fire Station, the former Customs Office and the Palace of Junco, which is a museum at present.

Canímar River, Matanzas
City of Matanzas
Calixto García Bridge, Matanzas

Another major site in the provincial capital is Parque de la Libertad, or Park of Freedom in English, which was built in 1800 and is surrounded by some of the city's main buildings, such as the Artistic and Literary Lyceum.

The fame of the building is linked to Cuban culture, since it was there that the national dance known as "danzón" was officially presented in 1879, in addition to being near the French pharmacy, which was turned into the Pharmaceutical Museum in 1964.

The underground wonders of the Bellamar Caves, discovered in 1861, the ruins of the Triunvirato sugar mill, and the natural touch of the Canimar River are complements to the city's attractions.

Very close to the city, Cuba's typical nature has one of its best exponents in the Yumurí Valley, which can be seen from the Bacunayagua Bridge, which is listed among Cuba's seven wonders of civil engineering.

Travelers who arrive in Matanzas visit the famous Ermita de Monserrate, inaugurated in 1875 and considered a symbol of the economic power achieved by the Catalonian community that settled in the city.

The bay of Matanzas, one of the best in the country because of its size and location, harbors a major construction that gives the city a touch of modernity, with a huge infrastructure to receive, store and distribute oil, in addition to excellent facilities to accommodate large tankers.

In addition to all this, the city's offers for leisure are complemented by the third version of the Tropicana nightclub, the most modern facility of its kind, and the Palmar de Junco Stadium, where the first official baseball game was held in Cuba.

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“Sauto” Theater
Theaters

Calle Magdalena e/ Milanes y Medio, Plaza de La Vigía

Matanzas
Bellamar Caves
Places of Interest

Carretera Cuevas de Bellamar

Matanzas
House of Jose Jacinto Milanes
Museums

Calle Milanés e/ Jovellanos y Matanzas

Matanzas
House of Miguel Failde Perez
Museums

Calle Velarde No. 95 e/ Manzaneda y Zaragoza

Matanzas
La Dominica Building
Monuments

Calle Princesa, No. 1-3-5, esq. a Céspedes

Matanzas
La Vigia Plaza
Urban Historic Centers

Calle Magdalena e/ Milanés y Río

Matanzas
Memorial-Museum “El Morrillo”
Museums

Km. 1 ½, Canimar

Matanzas
Museo de Arte de Matanzas
Museums

Calle Contreras No. 36 e/ Jovellanos y Matanzas

Matanzas
Museo de los Bomberos
Museums

Plaza de la Vigía, Matanzas

Matanzas
Museo Provincial (Palacio de Junco)
Museums

Calle Milanés e/ Magdalena y Ayllón

Matanzas
Palmar de Junco
Historic Sites

Calzada Esteban e/ Monserrate y San Ignacio, Rpto. Pueblo Nuevo

Matanzas
Pharmaceutical Museum
Museums

Calle Milanés No. 4951 e/ Santa Teresa y Ayuntamiento

Matanzas
San Severino Castle
Places of Interest

Carretera del Puerto, Zona Franca

Matanzas
Santa Iglesia Catedral San Carlos Borromeo
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle 286 No. 8304 e/ 83 y 85

Matanzas
Second Plaza de Armas and its buildings
Parks

Calle Ayuntamiento e/ Milanés y Contreras, Reparto Matanzas

Matanzas
Yumurí Valley
Monuments

Valle de Yumurí

Matanzas
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Acuazul
Beach

Calle 1ra. y 13, Varadero

Matanzas
Barcelo Arenas Blancas
Beach

Carretera Las Americas Km 3, Varadero

Matanzas
Barceló Solymar
Beach

Carreteras Las Americas Km 3, Varadero

Matanzas
Be Live Experience Las Morlas
Beach

Ave. Las Américas y A, Varadero

Matanzas
Be Live Experience Turquesa
Beach

Carretera Las Morlas Km 12.5, Varadero,

Matanzas
Be Live Experience Varadero
Beach

Ave. Las Américas km. 3, Reparto La Torre, Varadero

Matanzas
Bella Costa
Beach

Carretera de Las Américas Km 3.5, Varadero

Matanzas
Breezes Varadero
Beach

Carretera de Las Américas Km 3.5, Varadero

Matanzas
Brisas del Caribe
Beach

Carretera Las Morlas Km 12.5

Matanzas
Canimao
Nature

Carretera Vía Blanca Km 4.5, Reparto Canímar

Matanzas
Club Karey
Beach

Reparto Kawama, Varadero

Matanzas
Club Kawama
Beach

Calle 0 y 1ra., Reparto Kawama

Matanzas
Club Los Delfines
Beach

Ave. Primera y 39, Varadero

Matanzas
Club Tropical
Beach

Calle 1ra. e/ 21 y 23

Matanzas
Coralia Club Playa de Oro
Beach

Carretera Las Morlas Km 12.5, Varadero

Matanzas
Herradura
Beach

Ave. de la Playa e/ 35 y 36, Varadero

Matanzas
Iberostar Playa Alameda Varadero
Beach

Carretera Las Morlas Km 19

Matanzas
Iberostar Taínos
Beach

Carretera Las Morlas Km 12.5

Matanzas
La Mar
Beach

Ave. 3ra. e/ 28 y 30, Varadero

Matanzas
Mar del Sur
Beach

Calle 3ra. y 30, Varadero

Matanzas
Meliá Las Américas
Beach

Autopista Sur, Carretera de Las Morlas, Varadero

Matanzas
Meliá Las Antillas
Beach

Autopista Sur, Carretera Las Morlas, Km 14, Varadero

Matanzas
Meliá Peninsula Varadero
Beach

Punta Hincaos, Varadero

Matanzas
Meliá Varadero
Beach

Autopista Sur, Carretera de las Morlas, Varadero

Matanzas
Naviti Varadero Beach Resort
Beach

Autopista Sur Km 11, Varadero

Matanzas
Oasis
Beach

Vía Blanca Km 130, Varadero

Matanzas
Palma Real
Beach

Calle 2da. y 64

Matanzas
Paradisus Princesa del Mar
Beach

Autopista Sur, Carretera Las Morlas, Km 19.5, Varadero

Matanzas
Paradisus Varadero
Beach

Autopista Sur, Playa Frances, Varadero

Matanzas
Pullman & Dos Mares
Beach

Calle 1ra. No. 4904 e/ 49 y 50, Varadero

Matanzas
ROC Arenas Doradas
Beach

Autopista Sur, Km 12, Varadero

Matanzas
ROC Barlovento
Beach

Ave. 1ra. e/ 9 y 12, Varadero

Matanzas
Royalton Hicacos
Beach

Carretera de Las Morlas km. 14

Matanzas
Sol Palmeras
Beach

Carretera Las Morlas Km 8, Varadero

Matanzas
Sol Sirenas Coral
Beach

Avenida La Americas y Calle K, Varadero

Matanzas
Starfish Cuatro Palmas
Beach

Calle 1ra. e/ 60 y 64, Varadero

Matanzas
Starfish Varadero
Beach

Carretera Las Morlas km. 14.5, Varadero

Matanzas
Sunbech Varadero
Beach

Calle 17 e/ 1ra. y 3ra

Matanzas
Tortuga
Beach

Calle 9 e/ Bulevar y Ave. Kawama, Varadero, Matanzas

Matanzas
Tuxpan
Beach

Avenida Las Americas, Km 2, Varadero

Matanzas
Varadero Internacional
Beach

Ave. Las Américas Km 1, Varadero

Matanzas
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