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Cuba's Centuries-Old History Attracts Tourists

Cuba's history, since the Spanish conquistadors discovered and colonized the island to date, is present everywhere in both cities and the countryside.

In addition to excellent white-sand beaches, history, culture and tradition can be found in centuries-old houses and artworks in perfect state of preservation.

The city of Camagüey, the capital of the eastern Cuban province of the same name, boasts a unique patrimonial wealth resulting from 494 years of history.

Founded under the name of Villa de Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe on the Bay of Nuevitas, the city was moved hinterland, on the banks of the Caonao River and was officially called Camagüey.

Also known as "the city of tinajones", Camagüey is famous for those large earthenware jars, which were used centuries ago to collect rainwater for human consumption and currently decorate gardens and parks.

The city combines modernity with history in an environment where buildings are closely related to historic attractions that give the city a special touch.

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

Camagüey is a city with one-tower temples, façades with eaves and pilasters, iron-wrought windows, inner portals and red-tile roofs, elements that are characteristic of a sober and at the same time flamboyant architectural style in a true labyrinth of alleys.

The city has a peculiar design, as streets are straight in short segments and then turn left or right in a capricious way, ending in one of many squares of the former village.

The main square in Camagüey is the so-called Ignacio Agramonte Park, built in 1528 as the Arms Square. The park remains to be the nucleus of the city's architectural structure despite the many changes Camagüey has undergone through time.

Other major buildings in Camagüey are the Principal Theater, built in 1850 and decorated with marble and glass, and the 18-century Church of Mercy, where visitors can appreciate the beauty of the silver Holy Sepulcher, the largest of its kind in the country.

Camagüey also offers 125 kilometers of excellent beaches, which are complemented by Sierra de Cubitas for those who enjoy nature tourism.

In that environment stands out Santa Lucía, one of the world's most beautiful beaches, which is protected by the second largest coral reef on earth and is inhabited by large colonies of pink flamingos.

Santa Lucía is also an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkeling, as it offers 35 dive sites, some of which keep the remains of 27 sunken ships from the Spanish colonial period and World War II.

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ATTRACTIONS
Ballet de Camagüey
Institutions

Carretera Central No. 3331

Camagüey
Birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte
Museums

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

Camagüey
Conjunto Monumentario "Ignacio Agramonte"
Places of Interest

Plaza de la Revolución

Camagüey
Hospital de San Juan de Dios
Places of Interest

Plaza San Juan de Dios

Camagüey
Iglesia de la Merced
Churches-Places of Cult

Plaza de los Trabajadores no. 4

Camagüey
Museo Antiguo Cuartel de Caballería del Ejército Español
Museums

Ave. de los Mártires No. 2

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
Pichardo
Caverns

Sierra de Cubitas

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
Sima de Rolando
Caverns

Sierra de Cubitas

Camagüey
Teatro Principal
Theaters

Calle Padre Valencia No. 64

Camagüey
ACCOMMODATION All services
Brisas Santa Lucía
Beach

Avenida Turística, Playa Santa Lucía

Camagüey
Club Amigo Mayanabo
Beach

Playa Santa Lucía

Camagüey
Club Bravo Caracol
Beach

Avenida Tararaco, Playa Santa Lucía

Camagüey
Club Sabinal Los Pinos
Beach

Playa Los Pinos, Cayo Sabinal

Camagüey
Colón
City

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

Camagüey
Florida
City

Carretera Central Km 536

Camagüey
Gran Club Santa Lucía
Beach

Playa Santa Lucía

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
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