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Cuba: Culture and Heritage for Leisure

Cuba, a tourist destination par excellence in the Caribbean, complements its traditional offer of sun and beach with the richness of its culture and history, present throughout the Cuban geography.

The extensive areas of white sands and transparent waters combine with the heritage values of the country, including those offered by colonial cities in perfect condition.

Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad and Remedios, in the center of the archipelago, are excellent opportunities for leisure, linked to the knowledge of aspects related to the Caribbean's own evolution.

In Trinidad, the natural charms of the Topes de Collante Park, the Ancon beach or the Valle de los Ingenios - declared Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO in 1989 - are added to the colonial attractions of the town, classified as the City Museum of the Caribbean.

In addition, the island has an extensive infrastructure of museums, with about 290 facilities, among which 14 are classified as art, seven of science and technology, five of ethnography and anthropology and 68 of history.

Another nine are considered specialized, 164 general and four as archeology, together with those dedicated to typical elements of the country such as the cases of Rum and Tobacco.

Detail of the façade.
Entrance to the museum.
María Aguilar Beach, Trinidad.

The main square of the island in that activity is the capital itself, with a wide range of museums for the most diverse tastes, many of them unique in the country.

Its system of fortresses, with the emblematic Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro, encompassed nine large constructions to constitute - say the experts - the most remarkable set of its kind in Hispanic America.

About 140 of the buildings located in the historic center of the capital have an origin dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, another 200 to the 18th century and more than 460 from the 19th, thus forming a full mix of attractions for the more demanding.

One of the colossi of this wide infrastructure is the National Museum of Fine Arts, created in 1913 and that had its own headquarters from 1954 when the building known from then like Palace of Beautiful Arts was built-up.

This property, in turn, replaced the old Mercado de Colón, to finally benefit in its entirety from an extensive remodeling project recently executed and distributed to the institution in three buildings, two of them dedicated to the museum's own work.

Some 47,600 works make up the precious treasure of the center, of which 45,000 are classified as national patrimony and a little more than 2,000 conserved as a deposit, which support the institution's work.

The Palace of Fine Arts serves as the headquarters for Cuban art collections, with more than 1,200 paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings distributed in some 7,600 square meters of exhibition halls.

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