Cuba’s largest province, Camagüey is located in the centre of the island between between Ciego de Ávila and Las Tunas. It is a largely rural area. To the north lies the beautiful coastal scenery and abundant wildlife of the Sabana-Camagüey archipelago and stunning Santa Lucía beach. The pristine Jardines de la Reina archipelago cradles the province to the south.
Camagüey’s historic centre – considered the largest as well as the best preserved on the island – has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors delight in the city’s many lavish churches and the twisted maze of streets, formerly designed to confound marauding pirates.
Camagüey is the birthplace of former National Poet of Cuba Nicolás Guillén and the home of the world-renowned Ballet de Camagüey. It is full of charming cobblestone plazas, historic statues and intriguing museums. You’ll find plenty of tinajones [earthenwarejars] decorating the streets. The people of Camagüey originally produced the jars to collect rainwater during a drought. Today, they are one of the city’s decorative hallmarks.
Sometimes called “the city of tinajones” Camagüey’s streets are lined with the distinctive earthenware pots that were once used to collect rainwater.