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Matanzas: The "City of Bridges"

The Cuban province of Matanzas, situated on the limit between the western and central regions of the country, is an excellent complement for the thousands of travelers who visit the world-famous beach resort of Varadero, just a few kilometers from the provincial capital.

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

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

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

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

The fame of that 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 be near the French pharmacy, which was transformed 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 down in the city.

The bay of Matanzas, one of the best in the country because of its size and location, harbors a major work 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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ATTRACTIONS
“Sauto” Theater
Theaters

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

Matanzas
Bellamar Caves
Places of Interest

Carretera Cuevas de Bellamar

Matanzas
Cueva de los Musulmanes (The Cave of Muslims)
Caverns

Matanzas
Cueva La Pluma
Caverns

Matanzas
Galería de Arte Provincial
Art Galleries

Calle Magdalena No. 3 e/ Medio y Río, Plaza de la Vigía

Matanzas
Great Cave of Santa Catalina
Monuments

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
Iglesia Bautista (Fraternidad de Iglesias Bautistas)
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Medio esq. a Zaragoza

Matanzas
Iglesia Bautista de Cuba Occidental
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Jerez No. 704

Matanzas
Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Calzada No. 14 e/ Céspedes y Laborde

Matanzas
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Fátima
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle 1ra. No. 801 e/ 8 y 9

Matanzas
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle 91 No. 31001 esq. a 310

Matanzas
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad
Churches-Places of Cult

Playa Larga

Matanzas
Iglesia de San José
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Carlos Manuel de Céspedes No. 20 e/ San José y Maceo, Manguito

Matanzas
Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel
Churches-Places of Cult

Ave. 16 No. 702 e/ 7ma. y 9na., San Miguel de los Baños

Matanzas
Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle 55 No. 27006 e/ 270 y 278, Reparto Versalles

Matanzas
Iglesia del Inmaculado Corazón de María (Santa Elvira)
Churches-Places of Cult

Ave. 1ra. No. 4604 e/ 46 y 47

Matanzas
Iglesia Metodista
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Manzano esq. a Zaragoza

Matanzas
Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle 34 e/ 1ra. y 2da.

Matanzas
Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Milanés esq. a 2 de Mayo

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 Mártires del Moncada "Dr. Mario Muñoz"
Museums

Calle Mario Muñoz No. 74

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
Plaza de Colon
Historic Sites

Calle Céspedes e/ Princesa y Aranguren

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
Santa Victoria Cave
Monuments

Matanzas
Second Plaza de Armas and its buildings
Parks

Calle Ayuntamiento e/ Milanés y Contreras, Reparto Matanzas

Matanzas
Simpson Cave
Caverns

Matanzas
The Melody Cave, Bellamar Cave Complex
Monuments

Sistema Cavernario Bellamar

Matanzas
Yumurí Valley
Monuments

Valle de Yumurí

Matanzas
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Café Atenas
Light Meals

Plaza de la Vigía

Matanzas
El Bahía
Cuban cuisine

Carretera Vía Blanca a Varadero Km. 1, Peñas Altas

Matanzas
El Marino
Fish and seafood

Carretera Vía Blanca km. 4 ½, Rpto. Canímar

Matanzas
Las Cuevas de Bellamar
Cuban cuisine

Carretera Cuevas de Bellamar

Matanzas
Mirador de Bacunayagua
International cuisine

Vía Blanca Km. 18, Puente Bacunayagua

Matanzas
NIGHTLIFE All services
Café Atenas
Snack bar

Calle Manzaneda esq. a Milanés

Matanzas
Café Espriu
Snack bar

Calle Coronel Verdugo No. 105 e/ Vives y Génez

Matanzas
Canimao
Cabaret

Hotel Canimao

Matanzas
Centro Recreativo Arechabala
Snack bar

Calle Sáez No. 767 e/ Minerva y Mercedes

Matanzas
El Jagüey
Nightclub

Calle Luis Cuní, Viaducto Habana-Varadero

Matanzas
Paso de Carretera Playazul
Snack bar

Vía Blanca km. 18

Matanzas
Paso de Carretera Turoasis
Snack bar

Vía Blanca km. 18

Matanzas
Ruinas de Matasiete
Bar

Calle Luis Cuní, Viaducto Habana-Varadero

Matanzas
Tropicana Matanzas
Cabaret

Autopista Varadero km. 4 1/2

Matanzas
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