Trinidad the Jewel of the Caribbean
Trinidad the Jewel of the Caribbean
Trinidad is about 6 hours from Havana, if you have time, take a bus with the viazul bus company, and spend 2 days relaxing.
Apartment rentals are cheap. You can also go without accommodation like we did. At the bus stop they will offer you where to stay for little money.
Many tourists go to Varadero, to stay in a hotel and spend a few days on the beach. I prefer Trinidad for its architectural ensemble, you know another city and you enjoy one of the best beaches in Cuba.
Trinidad is among one of the most beautiful cities in Cuba. It belongs to the province of Sancti Spíritus and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
Founded by Diego Velázquez, it was the third village founded by the Spaniards in Cuba. It is considered a city-museum and surprises for its architectural ensemble of the 18th and 19th centuries.
It is a typical colonial city with its narrow cobbled streets, its restored buildings, its churches and its typical courtyards.
Trinidad has about 50 palaces, churches like the one of the Holy Trinity, and even a temple dedicated to the deity of the sea, the Temple of Yemayá.
Its patrimonial wealth is due to the expansion of the sugar industry carried out by the aristocracy.
1. Potter’s House
The history of this house dates back to the 19th century, when Secundino Santander founded this pottery workshop. These skills have been passed down through generations.
In this house you can see the manufacturing process of the pieces and buy them. In it you can see vases, lamps, vases and plates painted with landscapes of Trinidad.
2. Church of Santa Ana
Built in 1719, it was a reference center of its time.
It was originally built with dirt and its roof was guano.
Due to the growth of the city it was enlarged in 1764, building a sacristy and a second nave.
In 1812 it was definitively configured with the construction of the bell tower.
Unfortunately, today it is in ruins, but its remains give us a glimpse of the importance it had in its day.
3. Casa de la Trova
A good place to listen to good Cuban music.
This house became a meeting and meeting center for the troubadours.
In it activities are carried out to disclose the musical development, identity of this city. It also has a museum with pieces of high patrimonial value and a valuable collection with local and national discography.
4. Major Church of the Holy Trinity
The Church of the Holy Trinity is one of the largest temples in Cuba.
Its construction began in 1817. The construction work took 75 years, which made it have different styles, from the neoclassical, through the Greek and nineteenth-century trends.
The image of Our Father Jesus has a tunic embroidered in gold that was donated by the Catholic Queen of Spain, Isabel II.
In its bell tower we can see 3 bells called, the Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Consolation and Major.
5. National Museum of the Fight against Bandits
Here you can learn what was the process of Cuban independence struggle.
Located in the old convent of San Francisco de Asís dated in the eighteenth century. Stands out for its yellow bell tower from which you can see a panoramic view of the city that you can not miss.
It shows us through maps, weapons, photographs and other objects, such as the combats of the Castroist troops against the counterrevolutionary bands in the sixties of the last century.
It also has rooms that show us pre-Hispanic archeology, the colonial and talks and lectures.
6. Church of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad
Its construction began in 1717. It is located on an elevated platform, and on its facade we can see an image of Our Lady of Charity, the patron saint of Cuba.
Its importance is due to the fact that it is the second temple that has an invocation to the Virgin of Charity after that of Santiago de Cuba.
7. Hermitage de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de la Popa
Next we can see the ruins of an old Spanish military hospital dating from the eighteenth century.
It is located on a hill north of the city.
This was built in 1716 and was dedicated to the Virgin of La Popa. It had a baroque facade that made it majestic.
Already in 1730 an annex hospital was built for people with few resources.
In 1812, a cyclone damaged it causing significant damage to its structure. The reconstruction to which she was subjected gave her the face she now has.
Already in the 80s had to close for the deterioration that had its structure.
8. Cerro de la Vigía
Do not miss the wonderful views of the sunset from the Cerro de la Vigía.
At 180 meters high, it is located on the outskirts of the city.
A little less than half an hour walking from the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria.
From here you can see a panoramic view of the city, Ancón beach and the Valle de los Ingenios.
Located 12 kilometers south of Trinidad, it has 4 kilometers of beach and is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Cuba.
There are few beaches like this, with white sands and crystal clear waters, that are close to a city and that you can move without having to stay in a resort.
You can stay in Trinidad at a very affordable price and move every day either by bus, taxi or bicycle.
The taxi can leave for about 8 cuc haggling each way, if you find someone who also wants to go you will be cheaper.
You can also go by bus, leave every 15 minutes and the price is cheaper, 2 cuc round trip. They leave at 9, 11 and 14 hours and return at 12,30, 15,30 and 18 hours. Ask in case because the schedules may change. That if, being cheaper is usually saturated and maybe you have to wait until you find one free.
And as not on a bicycle for about 3 cuc a day, that if, you have to be willing to pedal, especially on the way back.
On the beach there are some hotels with their umbrellas and sunbeds, but if you walk a bit you can find a free beach to settle.
The water in the Caribbean is hot. Surprise when you get in the water and notes that it is not cold like most of the beaches on the planet.
This beautiful Caribbean beach offers you impressive sea beds where you can see the coral reef.
Important diving area, since here, countless wrecks and Spanish galleons and corsairs lie.
You can also practice snorkeling with more than 20 dive sites.
To eat or drink you have chiringuitos or people who pass with drinks or Cuban pizzas.