"La Ciudad Confusa" The Maze
Because of it's difficult street alyout Camaguey is called "The Maze". You have to be a good navigator driving arround this city.
A characteristic feature of this city is the large number of squares and parks, including San Juan de Dios Square, built in the 18th cent., and Ignacio Agramonte Park, which used to be the parade grounds in colonial times. A sober colonial architecture and a traditional inclination for the arts have enriched the spiritual and cultural life of the people of Camagüey.
Large earthenware jars (Tinajón), used in the past and at present to store rainwater in the patios of many houses, are a distinguishing feature of the city.
The city of Camaguey, which was founded early in the 16th century, is one of the cradles of Cuban culture. The oldest part of the city is unique because of its narrow, twisting streets and alleys, which start or end in public squares and form a complicated labyrinth-that was deliberately designed this way to confuse pirates and other raiders in the past. Most of the buildings have cool, leafy inner patios which contain large earthenware jars- the symbol of the city.