Trinidad was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar under the name Villa de la Santísima Trinidad. It is dubbed the Museum City of Cuba because the people have wonderfully preserved its great, historical past. The old colonial palaces with their slave barracks, traces of once-prosperous sugar mills and quaint plazas, serve as windows into the glorious past of Trinidad. The antique colonial homes are excellent examples of Spanish architecture and one can actually picture the old glory of Trinidad as one takes a stroll along cobblestone streets intersecting the walk-able city.
In 1988, Trinidad was declares a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in Trinidad’s main public square of Plaza Mayor, the Museo Historico Municipal and the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria are two of the most prominent structures in the city. Ruins of 19th century sugar mills are located outside the city limits at Valle de los Ingenios.
Located between the Caribbean coastline and verdant mountains, Trinidad has much to offer in terms of natural attractions. A wonderful way to start the day is a morning hike at Sierra del Escambray after which a dip in the cool, calm waters off Ancón Beach is a great day-ender. For avid anglers, Ambalse Zaza has a rich population of sea bass.
A Must Do
The Iznaga Tower in Valle de los Ingenios affords a 360° view of the valley including the Ancón and Maria Aguilar beaches.