It’s easy to see why Trinidad has been called “the museum city of Cuba.” The meticulously preserved town offers a window into the past, from its sprawling colonial palaces and plazas to its remnants of sugar mills and slave barracks from another era. Soak up the rich Spanish colonial architecture by taking a stroll through the picturesque cobble stone streets of this very walkable city.
Trinidad was founded in 1514, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Many of its most striking buildings, including the Museo Histórico Municipal and the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria, are situated around Trinidad’s central public square, Plaza Mayor. Be sure to make time for a trip to the Valle de los Ingenios [Valley of the Sugar Mills] to see the ruins of dozens of 19th century sugar mills located just outside the city.
The Museum of the War Against the Bandits (Lucha Contra Bandidos) is in a former convent close to the cathedral near the Plaza Mayor in the old colonial center. The War Against the Bandits was the 1961-1969 fight against U.S.-sponsored counterrevolutionaries, who hid out in the nearby mountains. If you don’t read Spanish the displays may be difficult to understand, but the piece of the American U-2 spy plane shot down speaks for itself. Also well worth the entrance fee is the mirador (view) from the convent’s tower, reached by several flights of wooden stairs, which has superb views across the whole town.
The cathedral is beautiful inside.
Also the market in the old colonial center which is nice to walk around and look at the handicrafts – drawn thread tableclothes and linens seem to be a speciality. The vendors are refreshingly laid back, you can look around and get virtually no hassle or pressure to buy.
Many casa particulares offer dinner, for a fee, which are usually authentic dishes and very well prepared and well worth checking out.
The streets are cobble stones and very irregular and walking could be difficult for older folks. Wear runners for sure. Do not even think about wearing high heels. Your ankles will pay.
It is easy to travel to Trinidad. You can get a (long) ride on a bus. We decided to fly from Varadero to Trinidad. That was such an experience to fly in a Antonov II dated 1945…