Colonial Trinidad's centre is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and you
are unlikely to leave without taking an inordinate number of
photographs of this Instagram-friendly spot. The cobbled streets
are busy, the houses are multi-coloured and the local people are
fun, friendly and happy to exchange a word or two as you pass. The
city comes alive at night with music being played in many bars and
restaurants, and there is always something going on at Plaza Mayor.
East of Trinidad is the picturesque Valle de los Ingenios (sugar
mills), manor houses, slave watchtowers, slave quarters, and
warehouses where Trinidad amassed its wealth in the 19th
Pretty Cienfuegos was settled by the French before Cuba became a
Spanish colony. Tucked into a bay on the southern coast of the
island, the city Benny Moré liked best is known for it's elegant
architecture, feisty Caribbean spirit and French airs and.
Well-deserving of its moniker, 'the Pearl of the South,' it is yet
another Cuban UNESCO World Heritage Site, perfect for gentle
wandering between stately 19th century mansions and the outrageous
Art Deco palaces built by those with cash in the 1920s. The town id
also an excellent starting off point for a day trip out to Castillo
de Jagua with local fishermen, who will cook up the catch of the
day for lunch.
The Santa Rosa Valley, just outside Trinidad, is home to
beautiful horse riding trails and further inland the wooded
Escambray Mountains are a beautiful area of rivers and waterfalls,
ideal for hiking. Beach lovers are well catered for too, with
white-sand stretches such as Playa Ancon a short distance outside
the town. For those who prefer their sunbathing with an historical
aspect, Playa Giron - the spot where the failed Bay of Pigs
invasion began in 1961.