Trinidad the Jewel of the Caribbean

Trinidad is about 6 hours from Havana, if you have time catch a bus with the bus company viazul, and spend 2 days relaxing.

Apartments rentals are cheap. You can also go without accommodation as we did. At the bus stop they will offer you where to stay for little money.

Trinidad the Jewel of the Caribbean

Many tourists make getaways to Varadero, to stay in a hotel and spend a few days on the beach. I prefer Trinidad for its architecture, 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.

Trinidad

Founded by Diego Velázquez, it was the third town founded by the Spanish in Cuba. It is considered as a city-museum and surprises with its architectural set of the XVIII and XIX centuries.

It is a typical colonial city with narrow cobbled streets, restored buildings, churches and typical courtyards.
Trinidad has about 50 palaces, churches like the one of the Santísima Trinidad, and even a temple dedicated to the divinity of the sea, the Temple of Yemayá.

Its wealth is due to the expansion of the sugar industry carried out by the aristocracy.

Route for Trinidad

1. House of the Potter

The history of this house goes back to the 19th century, when Secundino Santander founded this pottery workshop. These skills have been passed down through generations.

House of the Potter
In this house, you can see the manufacturing process of the pieces and buy them. In it you can see vessels, lamps, vases and dishes painted with landscapes of Trinidad.

2. Church of Santa Ana

Built in 1719, it was a reference center of its time.
 
Originally it was built with earth and its ceiling was of guano.

Church of Santa Ana 
Due to the growth of the city was enlarged in 1764, being constructed a sacristy and a second ship.
In 1812 was definitely configured with the construction of the bell tower.
Unfortunately, to this day it is in ruins, but its remains let glimpse the importance that had in its day.

3. Casa de la Trova

A good place to listen to good Cuban music.

This house has become a meeting place for troubadours.

Casa de la Trova

In it activities are carried out to promote the musical development, identity of this city. It also has a museum with pieces of high heritage value and a valuable collection with local and national discography.

4. Greater Church of la Santísima Trinidad

The Church of la Santísima Trinidad is one of the largest temples in Cuba.
 
Its construction began in 1817. The construction works took 75 years, which made this had different styles, from the neoclassical, through the Greek and trends of the nineteenth century.

Greater Church of la Santísima Trinidad 
The image of Nuestro Padre Jesús has a robe embroidered in gold that was donated by the Catholic queen of Spain, Elizabeth II.
 
In its bell tower we can see 3 so-called bells, la Santísima Trinidad, Nuestra Señora de la Consolación and Mayor.

5. National Museum of the Fight against Bandits

Here you can learn the process of Cuban independence struggle.

Located in the old convent of San Francisco de Asís dating back to the 18th century. It stands out for its yellow bell tower from which you can see a panoramic view of the city that you can not miss.

National Museum of the Fight against Bandits

It shows us through maps, weapons, photographs and other objects, as were the fighting of the Castroite troops against the counterrevolutionary bands in the sixties of the last century.

Through halls we show prehispanic, colonial archeology and lectures 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 façade we can see an image of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, the patroness of Cuba.

Its importance is due to that it is the second temple that has invocation to the Virgen de la Caridad after the one of Santiago de Cuba.

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad

7. Hermitage de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de la Popa

Next we can see the ruins of an old Spanish military hospital dating back to the 18th century.

It is located on a hill to the north of the city.

Hermitage de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de la Popa

This was built in 1716 and was dedicated to the Virgen de la Popa. It had a baroque facade that made it majestic.

As early as 1730 an annexed hospital was set up for people with few resources.

In 1812, a cyclone damaged it causing significant damage to its structure. The reconstruction to which it was subjected gave the physiognomy that it has now.

Already in the 80s it had to close due to the deterioration of its structure.

8. Cerro de la Vigía

Do not miss the wonderful sunset views from Cerro de la Vigia.

To 180 meters of height, is to the outskirts of the city.

Cerro de la Vigía

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, Ancon beach and the Valle de los Ingenios.

Ancon beach

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 crystalline waters, that are near a city and that you can move without having to stay in a resort.

Ancon beach

You can stay in Trinidad at a very affordable price and get around everyday 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 get cheaper.

You can also go by bus, depart 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 if perhaps because the schedules can change. That if, being cheaper is usually saturated and maybe you have to wait until you find one free.

And as not by bike for about 3 cuc a day, that if, you have to feel like pedaling, especially at the back.

On the beach there are some hotels with their umbrellas and sun loungers, but if you walk a little you can find a free beach where to settle.

Ancon beach

The water in the caribbean is hot. It surprises you when you get into the water and notes that it is not cold like most beaches on the planet.

This beautiful Caribbean beach offers an impressive seabed where you can see the coral reef.

Ancon beach

An important diving area, since here, there are many Spanish wrecks and galleons and corsairs.

You can also snorkel with more than 20 dive sites.

To eat or drink you have beach bars or people passing with drinks or Cuban pizzas.

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