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What to see in Trinidad

Trinidad Attractions

A holiday in Trinidad provides a taste of traditional Cuba, and travellers are invariably enchanted with the town. The centre of Trinidad itself is a living colonial museum and visitors enjoy salsa-ing the night away in the central square, where the bars serve up delicious mojitos. There is also an intriguing market selling local handicrafts to browse through.

Attractions in Trinidad include the Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima, the largest church in Cuba, which has an extraordinary white interior that makes it feel light, cool and vast. There are also several interesting museums, like the Trinidad Architecture Museum. So much of Trinidad's charm is due to its well-preserved colonial architecture and the Museo Historico Municipal and the Museo Romantico are both stunning examples of old colonial mansions which have been turned into museums. They house collections composed largely of the private belongings and art of the wealthy and influential families that once lived in them. Both are on the Plaza Mayor, the old town square.

Trinidad is also remarkably well-situated for excursions out into the countryside. It is just a few minutes' drive from one of Cuba's loveliest beaches, Ancon, and the Embalse Hanabanilla lake and waterfalls which are very popular with hikers and cyclists. And, of course, there is the beautiful and historically absorbing Valle de los Ingenios to be explored and enjoyed. You can also quickly reach the charming city of Sancti Spiritus, which is a continuation of the shabby colonial glory of Trinidad.

The best time to travel to Trinidad is during the cool, dry months between December and April, which is high season for tourism in Cuba. The rest of the year the weather is sweltering, humid and wet.

Ancón Beach

The soft sand and still, warm waters backed by palm trees make the beach at Playa Ancón a popular excursion from Trinidad. Situated at the end of the peninsula, seven miles (12km) south of Trinidad,…

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Museo Histórico Municipal

This neo-classical mansion belonged to one of the richest families in Cuba, the Borrell family, between 1827 and 1830 but it was bought by German sugarcane plantation owner Justo Cantero, a controversial…

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Museo Romántico

Trinidad has a number of museums housed in colonial mansions, but one of the best is the beautifully renovated Museo Romántico overlooking the main square, Plaza Mayor. The Plaza Mayor is the…

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