Central Cuba

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Travel Guide

Central Cuba

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

The green heart of Cuba is dominated by seemingly endless sugar cane fields. Among the main attractions are the four major cities:

Santa Clara was the place where the last great battle of the Cuban Revolution was decided. After the victory of the revolution, the city built an imposing monument to the commander and internationally known revolutionary "El Che".

Other attractions in the center of Cuba are the historic old towns of Cienfuegos as well as Camagüey and of course the especially popular colonial city of Trinidad. These three cities all belong to the UNESCO world cultural heritage.

In the mountain ranges of the Sierra del Escambray, nature lovers will find untouched nature with fascinating landscapes.

On the northern coast there are two offshore archipelagos: The island groups Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco, which offer sun-seekers fabulous Caribbean beaches. But don't worry if you are not able to visit the northern coast, there are also very beautiful sandy beaches on the south coast of central Cuba, not far from Trinidad and Cienfuegos.

Highlights:

 

 

Trinidad: Colonial Beauty

Trinidad is considered one of the world's most beautiful colonial cities which has a history of over 500 years. Next to the city lies the historical valley of the sugar mills, the so-called Valle de los Ingenios, one of the highlight in the region. With the Playa Ancon, Trinidad also has one of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba.

 

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos fascinates with a beautiful scenery on the shores of the same named bay and a very special elegance. Many prestigious buildings bear witness to the former prosperity, which earned the city the nickname Pearl of the South. The historical city center is classified as UNESCO world heritage.

 

 Santa Clara

Located north of Trinidad in beautiful hilly countryside lies the town of Santa Clara, which played an important role in the Cuban Revolution. In honor of the world-famous revolutionary Ernesto Guevara ("Che"), a mausoleum with an imposing monument was built. Santa Clara is an authentic small town with a beautiful historic center that provides a taste of authentic Cuban life.

 

 Cayo Santa Maria

Northwest of Santa Clara you can find the Cayo Santa Maria. The beautiful islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba and are therefore very loved by sun seekers.

 

 Sancti Spíritus

A little off the main tourist trails lies the small provincial capital of Sancti Spíritus. The rather quiet but very authentic town offers visitors an old town of historical importance.

 

Camagüey

The most eastern city in the center of Cuba is Camagüey, the third larges city on the island, that is known as the city of churches. In the large historic old center, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage, travelers can explore a variety of picturesque squares, buildings and, of course, houses of worship.

 

 Sierra del Escambray

Between Trinidad, Cienguegos and Santa Clara rises the Sierra del Escambray mountains. The mountainous landscape has a refreshing high altitude climate and wonderful landscapes with rich tropical vegetation. Waterfalls, various natural pools and numerous hiking trails make the mountains a paradise for nature lovers.

 

Central Cuba

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