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Cuba: Urban Wealth for Tourism

The Cuban archipelago, an important tourist destination in the Caribbean, has a large portfolio of options ranging from its natural features to its history and culture.

The traditional attractions include hundreds of kilometers of coasts bathed by warm and crystal-clear waters which combine with a tropical climate thus becoming a privileged option.

Urban tourist offers are also increasing, supported by the rich colonial heritage of the country.

In this context, Cuba´s capital city, Havana, stands out for its richness in traditions, actual architectural jewels, culture and a tropical climate which are all complemented by facilities linked to the tourist activity.

The former Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana currently represents a living museum of the most diverse construction styles which reflect the different development stages the city has gone through.

The city´s fortress system, led by the emblematic Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro, comprises nine big such constructions which, according to experts, is regarded as the most remarkable military system in the region.

Calixto García Bridge, Matanzas
Bridge over San Juan River, Matanzas
View of the Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro from Havana`s Malecón

Close to 140 buildings, located in Havana´s historic heart, date back to the 16th and 17th centuries; 200 more are from the 18th and over 460 were built in the 19th century, thus shaping up a very attractive combination for the most demanding tastes.

Meanwhile, the western city of Matanzas, capital of the province by the same name and once known as the Athens of Cuba or even the Venice of the Americas -due to its rivers and canals- showed a dynamic commercial and cultural activity at that time.

In central Cuba, the city of Cienfuegos stands out for its two dozen libraries, 11 museums, more than 30 movie theaters and five theaters which are complemented by cultural institutions, art galleries and several monuments representing the city´s traditions for the enjoyment of domestic and foreign visitors.

The eastern area holds Camagüey, the capital city of the province by the same name which was founded as Villa de Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe.

The city is also known as “la ciudad de los tinajones” (city of the big earthenware jars) since those earthenware containers were used centuries ago to store water for human consumption; nowadays they are just a decoration in gardens and parks.

Meanwhile, the city of Puerto Padre stands out in the province of Las Tunas and it is called by many as Villa Azul (Blue Village) or Ciudad de los Molinos (City of the Windmills).

Puerto Padre is precisely the largest municipality in the territory, with about 1,180 square kilometers, and back in the 16th century it was already included in the maps of the New World under the name of Portus Patris.

A peculiar element of the city is its seawall where one of the few freshwater springs in the island which flows directly into the seashore can be found.

Bayamo, the current capital city of the province of Granma, is another place of interest due to its almost 500 years of history since it was the second village founded by the Governor Diego Velázquez in the archipelago.

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