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Cuba: Colonial Heritage in Tourism

The Cuban archipelago, full of unique natural attractions for tourism, complements its tourist options with a wide range of historical and cultural values inherited from colonial times.

The Cuban capital city, previously known as San Cristobal de La Habana, preserves vivid examples of colonial architecture that started to become famous by the end of the 16th century and is characterized by unique features with a strong Spanish influence.

Havana’s fortress system, led by the emblematic Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro, comprised nine large constructions to make up, as experts say, the most outstanding complex of its kind in Spanish America.

Likewise, close to 140 buildings, of the constructions located in the city’s historic heart, date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, while about 200 were built in the 18th century and over 460 in the 19th; thus achieving a very attractive combination for the most demanding tastes.

The city also preserves distinctive places, of inevitable traffic by residents and visitors, like the famous Paseo del Prado (Prado Promenade) and the renowned Alameda de Paula, which was built on the second half of the 18th century.

In the east, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Baracoa (Our Lady of the Assumption of Baracoa) stands out as the first village founded by the governor Diego Velázquez between 1511 and 1512, being the island’s first capital and diocese.

Castle of Los Tres Reyes del Morro
Camagüey. Principal Theater
Yunque de Baracoa (Baracoa`s Anvil)

Visitors are surrounded by a colonial environment full of historic remembrances like the famous Cruz de La Parra, a cross made of precious wood from the region by the Spanish during their first voyage to the Americas and that was used by the priest Bartolomé de Las Casas to say his first mass in the island.

The central area of the country includes the Villa de la Santísima Trinidad (Village of the Holy Trinity), founded by Diego Velázquez in 1514, which comprises one of the best preserved colonial architectural complexes in the Americas and was given the status of World Heritage by UNESCO.

In the historic heart of Trinidad, an actual combination of architectural styles from the 18th, 19th and the turn of the 20th centuries can be appreciated, including narrow cobblestone streets between houses of superb woodwork, wrought-iron windows and ornamented walls.

The list of colonial cities also includes Camagüey, formerly known as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, founded in 1514 and characterized by one-tower churches, facades with archivolts and pilasters, artistic wrought-iron windows, houses with interior thresholds and red-tile roofs.

The city streets show an unusual urban planning, keeping a short straight line and then start winding in different directions that eventually end up in one of the innumerable city’s squares.

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ATTRACTIONS
“Santa Clara de Asis” Convent & Church
Places of Interest

Calle Cuba No. 602 e/ Luz y Sol

La Habana
Alameda de Paula Promenade
Places of Interest

Alameda de Paula

La Habana
Aldama Palace
Places of Interest

calles Amistad, Reina, Aguila y Enrique Barnet

La Habana
Alto Pino Combat
Historic Sites

Guantánamo
Bacardi Building
Places of Interest

Calle Monserrate y San Juan de Dios

La Habana
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Places of Interest

Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca

La Habana
Birthplace of Nicolás Guillén
Places of Interest

Calle Hermanos Agüero No. 58

Camagüey
Cabildo de los Congos Reales o de San Antonio
Places of Interest

Calle Isidro Armenteros No. 168

Sancti Spiritus
Casa de la Cultura Trinitaria
Places of Interest

Calle Francisco J. Zerquera No. 406

Sancti Spiritus
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro)
Places of Interest

Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

La Habana
Cathedral Square
Places of Interest

Calle Empedrado y San Ignacio

La Habana
Central Railroad Station
Places of Interest

Calle Egido y Arsenal

La Habana
Centro Gallego-Great Theater of Havana
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado e/ San Rafael y San José

La Habana
Conjunto Monumentario "Ignacio Agramonte"
Places of Interest

Plaza de la Revolución

Camagüey
Dark Cave
Monuments

Carretera de Baracoa a Maisí

Guantánamo
De la Real Fuerza Castle
Places of Interest

Calle O´Reilly No. 2 e/ Ave. del Puerto y Tacón

La Habana
El Templete
Places of Interest

Calle Baratillo e/ O´Reilly y Enna, Plaza de Armas

La Habana
First Malecon (Seafront) of the Caribbean
Places of Interest

Baracoa

Guantánamo
Fort La Punta
Places of Interest

Ave. de los Mártires y Calixto García

Guantánamo
Generals of the Army Palace
Places of Interest

Calle Tacón e/ Obispo y O´Reilly

La Habana
Historical Center of Trinidad and the Valley of Sugar Cane Mills
World Heritage Sites

Trinidad

Sancti Spiritus
Historical-Military Park Morro-Cabaña
Places of Interest

Carretera de La Cabaña

La Habana
Hospital de San Juan de Dios
Places of Interest

Plaza San Juan de Dios

Camagüey
House of Count Pedroso
Places of Interest

Calle San Ignacio y Empedrado

La Habana
House of the Count Casa Barreto
Places of Interest

Calle Oficios No. 362 esq. a Luz

La Habana
House of the Count Casa Lombillo
Places of Interest

Calle San Ignacio No. 364 e/ Teniente Rey y Muralla

La Habana
House of the Count San Juan de Jaruco
Places of Interest

Calle Muralla esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
House of the Marquis of Aguas Claras
Places of Interest

Calle San Ignacio No. 54 esq. a Empedrado

La Habana
House of the Recio Family
Places of Interest

Calle Obispo e/ Mercaderes y Oficios

La Habana
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Ermita de la Popa)
Places of Interest

Trinidad

Sancti Spiritus
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco de Paula
Places of Interest

Calle Fernando Hernández esq. a Piro Guinart

Sancti Spiritus
Indian Fountain
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado y Dragones

La Habana
La Farola Viaduct
Places of Interest

Cajobabo-Baracoa

Guantánamo
Lions Fountain
Places of Interest

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís

La Habana
Marquis de Arcos’ House
Places of Interest

Calle Mercaderes No. 16 e/ Empedrado y O´Reilly

La Habana
Matachín Fortress
Places of Interest

Calle Martí s/n

Guantánamo
National Capitol Hill
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado e/ Dragones y San José

La Habana
Neptune Fountain
Places of Interest

Avenida del Puerto

La Habana
Old San Francisco de Sales’ School
Places of Interest

Calle Oficios No. 6 esq. a Obispo

La Habana
Old Villa of San Cristobal of Havana
Urban Historic Centers

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
Old Villa of Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe
Urban Historic Centers

Ciudad de Camagüey

Camagüey
Old Villa of the Holy Trinidad
Urban Historic Centers

Trinidad

Sancti Spiritus
Parish Church Our Lady of the Assumption of Baracoa
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Maceo s/n e/ Ciro Frías y Frank País

Guantánamo
Prado Promenade
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Real Fábrica de Tabacos "La Corona"
Places of Interest

Calle Zulueta No. 106 e/ Refugio y Colón

La Habana
Remains of the Wall of Havana
Places of Interest

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary
Places of Interest

Calle San Ignacio No. 5 e/ Empedrado y Tacón

La Habana
San Carlos de la Cabaña Fort
Places of Interest

Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

La Habana
San Francisco de Paula Church
Places of Interest

Calle Paula No. 9 esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
San Salvador de la Punta Castle
Places of Interest

Ave. del Puerto y Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Santa Ana Church and Square
Places of Interest

Trinidad

Sancti Spiritus
Segundo Cabo Palace
Places of Interest

Calle O´Reilly No. 4 esq. a Tacón

La Habana
St. Barbara Seboruco Castle
Places of Interest

Calle Calixto García, Reparto Paraíso

Guantánamo
Terminal de Cruceros
Places of Interest

Ave. San Pedro

La Habana
The Christ of Havana
Places of Interest

Bahía de La Habana

La Habana
The Great Statue of the Republic
Places of Interest

Capitolio de La Habana, Paseo del Prado y Teniente Rey

La Habana
The Traditional Malecon of the City of Havana
Places of Interest

Ave. Antonio Maceo

La Habana
The Yunque (Anvil) of Baracoa
Monuments

Baracoa

Guantánamo
ACCOMMODATION All services
Ambos Mundos
City

Calle Obispo No. 153 esq. a Mercaderes

La Habana
Armadores de Santander
City

Calle Luz No. 4 esq. a San Pedro

La Habana
Beltrán de Santa Cruz
City

Calle San Ignacio No. 411 e/ Muralla y Sol

La Habana
Brisas Trinidad del Mar
Beach

Península de Ancón

Sancti Spiritus
Club Amigo Ancón
Beach

Carretera María Aguilar, Playa Ancón

Sancti Spiritus
Club Amigo Costasur
Beach

Playa María Aguilar, Península Ancón

Sancti Spiritus
Colón
City

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

Camagüey
Conde de Villanueva
City

Calle Mercaderes No. 202 e/ Lamparilla y Amargura

La Habana
El Castillo
City

Calle Calixto García, Reparto Paraíso

Guantánamo
El Comendador
City

Calle Obrapía No. 55 esq. a Baratillo

La Habana
El Mesón de la Flota
City

Calle Mercaderes e/ Amargura y Teniente Rey

La Habana
Florida
City

Calle Obispo esq. a Cuba

La Habana
Florida
City

Carretera Central Km 536

Camagüey
Gran Hotel Camagüey
City

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

Camagüey
La Ronda
City

Calle Martí No. 238 e/ Colón y Lino Pérez

Sancti Spiritus
La Rusa
City

Calle Máximo Gómez No. 161

Guantánamo
Las Cuevas
Nature

Finca Santa Ana

Sancti Spiritus
Los Frailes
City

Calle Teniente Rey No. 8 e/ Mercaderes y Oficios

La Habana
Ma´ Dolores
Nature

Carretera Trinidad-Cienfuegos km 2

Sancti Spiritus
Palacio O´Farrill
City

Calle Cuba No. 102-108 esq. a Chacón

La Habana
Palacio San Miguel
City

Calle Cuba No. 52 esq. a Peña Pobre

La Habana
Park View
City

Calle Colón esq. a Morro

La Habana
Plaza
City

Calle Van Horne No. 1 e/ República y Avellaneda

Camagüey
Porto Santo
City

Carretera del Aeropuerto, Reparto Jaitesico

Guantánamo
Puerto Príncipe
City

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

Camagüey
Raquel
City

Calle Amargura esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
Santa Isabel
City

Calle Baratillo No. 9 e/ Obispo y Narciso López

La Habana
Saratoga
City

Paseo del Prado No. 603 esquina a Dragones

La Habana
Tejadillo
City

Calle Tejadillo No. 12 esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
Telégrafo
City

Paseo del Prado No. 408 esq. a Neptuno

La Habana
Valencia
City

Calle Oficios No. 53 esq. a Obrapía

La Habana
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