It’s easy to see why Trinidad has been called “the museum city of Cuba.” The meticulously preserved town offers a window into the past, from its sprawling colonial palaces and plazas to its remnants of sugar mills and slave barracks from another era. Soak up the rich Spanish colonial architecture by taking a stroll through the picturesque cobblestone streets of this very walkable city.
Trinidad was founded in 1514, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Many of its most striking buildings, including the Museo Histórico Municipal and the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria, are situated around Trinidad’s central public square, Plaza Mayor. Be sure to make time for a trip to the Valle de los Ingenios [Valley of the Sugar Mills] to see the ruins of dozens of 19th century sugar mills located just outside the city.
Trinidad’s picture-perfect location, between mountains and the Caribbean coastline, offers an abundance of natural attractions. Climb the mountains of the nearby Sierra del Escambray, refresh yourself at the immaculate Ancón Beach, or go bass fishing in the Embalse Zaza.
Climb atop the distinctive Iznaga Tower in the Valle de los Ingenios to enjoy a panoramic view of the valley and the Ancón and Maria Aguilar beaches.