Trinidad © Judith Duk
One of the most visited towns in Cuba,
Trinidad maintains a charming colonial atmosphere with its uneven
cobbled streets, quiet plazas and churches, detailed with red-tiled
roofs, wooden shutters and wrought-iron frames. Bicycles and
horse-drawn carts bump along streets lined with somewhat
pastel-coloured houses worn with age, while the strains of salsa
music drift out from cool courtyards where the intricate steps of
the dance are practised.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in
1988, Trinidad has largely escaped the modern tourist
infrastructure and doesn't have the large hotels usually accorded
to a popular destination, allowing it to retain its welcoming and
Surrounded by sugarcane plantations and
situated between the Topes de Collantes Mountains and the Caribbean
Sea, Trinidad's location also provides easy access to the beach,
the mountains and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Vestiges from the 18th and 19th centuries
in the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) testify to
a time of immense prosperity for landed Cubans, amassing immense
wealth during the sugarcane boom under slavery and colonial rule.
It was after the abolishment of slavery that the boom ended and the
area drifted into picturesque tranquillity.