A holiday in Trinidad provides an
enchanting taste of traditional Cuba. The centre of Trinidad is a
living colonial museum and visitors enjoy evenings of salsa
performances in the central square, where bars serve up delicious
mojitos and a market sells intriguing handicrafts.
Attractions in Trinidad include the largest
church in Cuba, called Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima;
extraordinary white interior makes it feel light, cool and vast. So
much of Trinidad's charm is owed to its well-preserved colonial
architecture. The Museo Historico Municipal, Trinidad Architecture
Museum and the Museo Romantico are all stunning examples of
mansions that 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 immensely popular with
hikers and cyclists. Also nearby is the beautiful and
historically-absorbing Valle de los Ingenios, while it hardly takes
any time to reach the nearby city of Sancti Spiritus, a
continuation of the rustic 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.
Museo Romántico overlooks Plaza Mayor, the historic centre of Trinidad and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mansions and palaces surrounding the square date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when trade in sugar and slaves brought huge wealth to the... see full details
Museo Histórico Municipal
The grandiose Museo Histórico Municipal is a beautiful site. Previously owned by one of the richest families in Cuba, there are murals depicting well-known classical scenes and its rooms are outfitted in decorative splendour. Exhibits hark back to its original past, covering... see full details
Situated seven miles (12km) south of Trinidad at the end of the peninsula, Playa Ancón boasts soft sand, warm waters and a fitting backdrop of palm trees. There are many watersports at Playa Ancón, as well as good offshore snorkelling and dive... see full details