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Cuba: Tourism and Urban Heritage

The Cuban archipelago, which has earned a position among the most attractive tourist destinations in the Caribbean, offers leisure options characterized by their diversity.

The country’s exuberant nature goes hand in hand with ancient traditions and history, in a territory with about 600 kilometers of beach in almost 5,800 kilometers of coastline.

This combination comprises the cultural and historic values of the island, thus shaping its rich heritage, especially in Havana, once known as San Cristobal de La Habana, where vivid examples of colonial architecture, with about 140 buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, can be observed in its historic heart.

Several distinctive architectural pieces in the city are well preserved like the famous Prado promenade and the well-known Alameda de Paula, the latter built in the second half of the 18th century; both places were of inevitable transit for those who lived in the city during colonial time.

The fortress system, led by the emblematic Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro (Morro castle), comprised nine huge constructions that make up the most remarkable defense system in Spanish America.

Also, the village of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Baracoa (Our Lady of the Assumption of Baracoa), founded by Governor Diego Velázquez between 1511 and 1512 in the eastern area of the island, came to be the first Cuban capital and diocese.

Santa Lucía Beach
Castle of Los Tres Reyes del Morro

The Villa de la Santísima Trinidad (Holy Trinity village) is included among the first Spanish settlements in the Cuban archipelago.

Camagüey is also in the list of ancient cities; the village was founded in 1514 under the name Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, and it is characterized by one-tower churches, facades with archivolts and pilasters, artistic wrought-iron windows, interior thresholds and red-tiled roofs.

The construction of modern hotels coexists with the use of old lodging facilities, with centuries of history, which provide diverse leisure options for vacationers.

The Plaza Hotel, located in Havana’s historic heart, stands out among these historic facilities with more than a century in the tourist business.

The hotel was opened in the former mansion of the Count and Countess of Casa Pedroso in January 1909, and became the third building of its kind near Havana’s Central Park.

Havana also has the emblematic Nacional Hotel which is included among the ten Palace hotels in the world.

In addition, Havana has the Inglaterra Hotel, the senior lodging facility of the tourist sector in the island, which was opened on December 23, 1875, and named after England, the main world power at the time.

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