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 discoteque, several bars and folkdance performances.