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To Do in Trinidad

Trinidad Cuba Beautiful historical center with red roofs and streets of little bricks. This city is full of the history of colonial Cuba. The old historical center of Trinidad is the best to see by feet, cars aren't allowed anyway, you can park your car at Calle Antonio Maceo. Thousands of slaves got trade from this city to other islands of the Caribbean
In 1988 UNESCO declared Trinidad "World Monument"

Tours in Trinidad

 

UNESCO declared Trinidad (founded in 1514, the third Spanish settlement in Cuba) to be a part of world cultural heritage because of its colonial architecture, which dates from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The oldest part of the city (55 blocks in size, with 1211 buildings) is one of its greatest attractions.

It contains beautiful churches (such as the Great Parish Church, a neoclassical edifice built in 1892) and public squares, the most important of which is Main Square-surrounded by buildings of great beauty and historic and architectural interest and considered the second most important square in the country, after Havana's Cathedral Square.

Trinidad has several museums: the Romantic Museum and the Museum of Architecture, Archeology, History and the Struggle against Counterrevolutionaries. One Mansion, built in 1723 sells souvenirs and special drinks typical of the city: canchancharas (for which the house is named), a cocktail made of honey, Lime juice and high wine. The city also has a Troubadours House (Casa de la Trova) and a House of Music (Casa de la Musica). In the evening, there's a discotheque, several bars and folk dance performances.


Casa del la Musica Trinidad CubaCentro Historico de Trinidad

Patrimonio Mundial Trinidad

When the sugar mills of the Valle de Los Ingenios ceased producing profits in the mid 19th century, Trinidad became an dark provincial town. Its inhabitants had no choice but to keep, their sumptuous belongings, including wooden balustrades, stylish furniture and the elegant architecture of their homes.

Touring the city today is a journey back on 19th century paved cobble stone streets to glimpse the physiognomy from the 18th century in its buildings. Restoration work has further pronounced this time warp by repairing the murals, which embellished palaces and mansions.


Bar La Canchanchara

One of the real tourist bars in Trinidad but a nice one.
You can enjoy life Cuban music all day long and drink one of their famous cocktails or home made Guarapo, the sugarcane drink which will be made in the bar while you look at the real traditional process, see video


ObbatalaAntigua Villa de la Santísima Trinidad

Centro Histórico Urbano
Trinidad

A religious house where you can get the explanation of the Santaria religion / culture in Cuba.
They also have sessions a few times per week, ask around to find out at what days when you are in Trinidad


Brunet Theater Ruins Trinidad CubaBrunet Theater Ruins

Brunet Theater was inaugurated in 1840. The house became the center of the local culture until 1901, when the roof fell down.
The theater was scenery for famous performers as Armentas, Robeño, Adelina Valti and Juventino Rosas.

Nowadays you can have a simple sandwich here and a drink. Some days Cuban bands perform at daytime.

Bazaar Trinidad

Calle Antonio Maceo, Trinidad, Cuba


Casa Regidor

Art Gallery


Casilda

Harbor


Embalse Hanabanilla

Between Trinidad and Santa Clara
Weir lake


Museo de Arqueología y Ciencias Naturales

Simón Bolívar #457, Trinidad, Cuba
Tel: +53 419 3420

A 18th-century building remodeled in 1835. It became a museum in 1976.
Exhibitions variates from Pre-Colombian culture to local flora and fauna, sometimes bit boring. The German explorer Alexander Von Humboldt stayed in this house during his trip to Cuba in 1801.


Santisima IglesiaIglesia Parraquial de la Santisima

(The Holy Trinity Church)
At the Plaza Mayor, Trinidad, Cuba
Historical center

Better known as Parroquial Mayor, anno 1892. The interior is very simple Victorian-Gotical with an impressive altar beautifully decorated. According to bibliographical accounts, it was in that church where the first Baptismal registration of a white people took place in 1514. Its altar made of finest wood substituted the traditional marble.


The Manaca Iznaga Tower Trinidad CubaTorre del Antiguo Ingenio Manacas-Iznaga

Carretera de Trinidad a Sancti Spíritus
Trinidad Cuba

Pedro Iznaga built a sprawling hacienda in the middle of the San Luis Valley with the fortune he made from the slave trade. He erected a 44-meter high watch tower with 184 steps, some 50 meters from the main house, to control the slaves who were more than willing to escape. He would also mark the hour by tolling a bell. The vernacular and industrial-style tower has become a symbol of this legendary region, despite its contrast with the surrounding area. It does in fact allow for a panoramic view of Trinidad.


Meson del Regidor Trinidad CubaMesón del Regidor

(The Tavern of the Regidor)

A mansion from the first half of the 18th century. Former residence of the town's Regidor Ortiz.
Its mural is believed to be one of the city's first ones. Today one of the most coziest hotels in Trinidad and a nice place to have a drink or lunch


Museo Historico Principal Trinidad CubaMuseo Historico Principal

Bolivar #423, e/ Francisco Gomez y Gustavo Izquierdo
Trinidad, Cuba
Tel: +53 419 4460
(closed on Friday)

A stylish furnished building. It will tell you the history of all kind of historical objects and the family who lived here in earlier times.
From the tower which is quiet a climb you have a stunning view and the perfect location for taking pictures of the historical center of Trinidad.


Plaza Carrillo

(Carrillo Square)
Became a relevant place for entertainment and leisure in 1840, after a process of organization in the city of Trinidad took place during the 18th century. Since then, the square has been paved, grated and also restored totally. Several important buildings of the city surround it as the current headquarters of the local Government.


Plaza Mayor Trinidad CubaPlaza Mayor

Since Trinidad's beginnings and like most cities founded by the Spaniards—the relevant institutions were clustered round the city's central plaza. From 1514 onward, this plaza has undergone changes, until more than 300 years later it finally took on its present appearance. During the 19th century, the main Cathedral as well as mansions and palaces of the landed families of Brunet, Padrón, Ortiz and Sánchez-Iznaga's were situated here. Today, most of these building house museums and the plaza is quaintly decorated with four gardens surrounded by fences from Philadelphia, street lamps and a statue of the Greek muse, Terpsicore, in its center.


Iglesia Santa Ana Trinidad CubaPlaza de Santa Ana

(Saint Ana Square)

Ancient Royal Jail built in 1844.
At present, it is a cultural center of great significance in the city.

 


San Francisco de Asisi Church TrinidadSan Francisco de Assisi Convent

It started to be built in 1770, and concluded in 1813. It was demolished earlier last century, when only its tower survived. However, some years later it was rebuilt under its original design. In 1986, the convent finally became the Museum of the Cuban People's Struggle against the Counterrevolution.

 

 


Museo de la Lucha Contra Bandidos

Fernando Hernández Echerri #59 close at Piro Guinalt Trinidad
Open: 9am - 5pm Tue - Sun
(closed on Monday)

This museum is located in the former convent and church of San Francisco de Asís, built in 1770 and finished in 1913. During the first decades of the 20th century it was demolished and only its tower remained. It was later rebuilt as it appears today. In 1986 the convent became the "Museum of the Struggle against Bandits". Documents, photos, maps, weapons and belongings of the main participants in these battles are exhibited.


Semana de la Cultura Trinitaria

These past few years Trinidad's cultural week has been celebrated during the second week of January. The date was moved to coincide with the commemoration of the city's founding. Throughout the seven-day long festivities, the city displays its best cultural traditions. Artisans, potters and painters exhibit their best work. Locations around the city open their doors for concerts and folkloric groups perform outside of their usual stages.


The Three Crosses neighborhood

Its urbanization began during the 18th century along with the expansion of the city.
Its real name is Calvary neighborhood. Although today is name is The Three Crosses Plaza. The Three Crosses neighborhood becomes a relevant place in Trinidad during the traditional religious processions of the Holy Week


Topes de CollantesTopes de Collantes

Beautiful nature in the Escambray mountains. Many tourist offices in Trinidad can help you for a tour to this great area of Cuban nature.

You can find more information about Topes de Collantes and other nature areas around Trinidad to check out the link below ...


Valley of the Sugar mills

A World Heritage Site. This beautiful green plateau was home for old sugar mills.
The Valley is a wonderful Cuban landscape outstanding for its archaeological and architectural treasures, as well as its areas of incredible wilderness.


Museo Romántico

Fernando Hernández Echerri #52, near Calle Simon Bolivar, Trinidad, Cuba
Tel: +53 419 4363
(closed on Monday)

Loaded with antique furniture, witnesses of the wealthy 18 century in Trinidad. As well as inside the building itself, beautiful tiles!


Museo de Arquitectura Colonial

Plaza Mayor, Calle Cispalda #83 e/ Cristo y Plaza Real del Jigue, Trinidad, Cuba
Tel: +53 419 3208
(closed on Friday)

Former mansion of the Sánchez Iznaga family.
It was built in 1738, and restored in 1836. The 18th-century household opened as the Museum of Architecture of Trinidad, in 1979

 

 

 

 

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