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Las Tunas: A 223-Year-Old Destination

The eastern Cuban province of Las Tunas stands out as a "young destination" for tourism with 223 years of history and options that include beaches, nature, culture and history.

With 265 kilometers of coastline, Las Tunas holds some 35 pristine beaches of excellent quality, complemented by crystal-clear water, coral reefs and white sands.

On the territory, the city of Puerto Padre, called by many the Blue Villa or the City of Los Molinos, stands out in particular.

That city is precisely the center of the province's largest municipality, with about 180,000 square kilometers. As far back as the 16th century, it appeared in the maps of the New World under the name of Portus Patris.

As an element of singularity, one of the few fresh water springs in Cuba that pours its waters on the seashore is located on its seafront drive, which gives it a touch of distinction for visitors who come to the place.

In the first half of the 20th century, Puerto Padre benefited from an intense cultural activity, marked by the appearance of more than four dozen newspapers and magazines, among which El Localista, El Noticiero, Madrugada and Alborada Villazulina stood out.

City of Las Tunas
City of Las Tunas

Relevant sites linked to the independence movement of Cuba and national culture are present everywhere in Las Tunas, where the so-called Fuerte de la Loma was built by the Spanish conquistadors to counteract war activities in the area.

A varied native culture, where the so-called Cucalambe's Day stands out - in homage to the poet Juan Cristobal Napoles Fajardo "El Cucalambe" - is complemented by high artistic values, because precisely the city is known as the capital of sculptures, accompanied by literary and plastic movements.

Bird watching is practiced in the Bay of Malagueta - one of four bays in the territory-, where those interested can study several species of birds, among which ducks, pelicans and pink flamingos.

For tourism, the Covarrubias beach is an excellent place, where the tourist town of the same name is located and currently appears as a space for leisure in an environment where that activity gains space from hundreds of visitors who bet each year on that destination. The site also has the attractiveness of a coral reef that is about six kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers away from the coast on average, and provides an important complement for diving enthusiasts.

In the east is Laguna Real, which has pink waters due to the pigmentation of microorganisms that live in it, with a shallow mirror of water and where several families of birds such as the gannet, pink flamingos and American egrets live.

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