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Eastern Region: Sun, Mountains and Sea

Leisure and recreation in Cuba, favored by the strategic location of the island, is complemented by dozens of excellent beaches, stunning mountain areas and historical values of the island.

In the case of the eastern region, provinces like Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Las Tunas have ideal spaces for leisure.

In this environment highlights the city of Santiago de Cuba, second in importance of the island and has the privilege of enjoying its status as capital of the Caribbean, favored by its position and centuries-old history.

Around the city, the Gran Piedra - registered as the largest rock in the world in the Guinness Book of Records - is majestic and imposing, with approximately 70,000 tons located about 220 meters above sea level.

For Camagüey, the option focuses in the beach resort of Saint Lucia, with a sandy coastal strip of 20 kilometers, with warm, clear waters, protected in turn by a huge coral reef.

Meanwhile, Las Tunas hosts 35 excellent unspoiled beaches in more than 260 kilometers of irregular coastline, with possibilities to appreciate many bird species of Cuban fauna in places like the Bay of Malagueta, besides having the largest reserve of American crocodiles in the Caribbean.

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In turn, Holguin hosts the Bariay territory, first place where the Genoese admiral Christopher Columbus set foot on Cuban soil, bearing witness to history the beauty of the island.

In addition, coastal areas of unique beauty are found in Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero, together with the options offered by the Natural Park Bahia de Naranjo or possible encounter with the natives at the archaeological site Chorro de Maita.

Granma province also joins the package, with nearly 50 percent of the historical sites on the island, including the city of Bayamo, second village founded by the Spanish in 1513 and declared a National Monument.

Also, the National Park Desembarco del Granma and Sierra Maestra complement the offer for lovers of the environment, with unique species of flora and fauna, virgin forests and one of the most representative systems of marine terraces of karstic level in Eastern Cuba.

It also has a centuries-old history closely followed by visitors, such as the ruins of dozens of French-Haitian coffee plantations established in that territory in the late 17th and early 19th century.

About a hundred of these farms are present in Santiago de Cuba, remnants of a time when the Gauls colonists settled, with their customs and culture.

Meanwhile, 32 of those old coffee plantations, developed by the French who fled neighboring Haiti in 1789 after the revolution in that country, are also listed in the territory of the eastern province of Guantanamo.

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