Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad, a picturesque, colonial town full of colour and life in central Cuba has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 together with the nearby Valle de Ios Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills).  We loved strolling though the historic centre which is lined with cobbled streets and elaborate buildings. During our walking tour, we were told that Trinidad had 56 sugar mills and as many as 30,000 African slaves working in the surrounding valley durnig the 1800’s. It was a major industry during this era and so the buildings here reflect the wealth of the landowners at the time. On reflection, we found that Trinidad is still reliant on its former glory and the local economy now depends massively on tourism. 

Highlights:

  • Walking tour with a local guide giving us a history of Trinidad’s colonial past and how it compares to life today
  • Visit Museo Historico –  the best views in Trinidad. Climb the spiral staircase to get a picture perfect view of the town to one side and the Escambray mountains on the other. 
  • Visit Museo Romantico – Once the home of a rich sugar baron, this museum showcases various items that belonged to the Brunet family and is another great vantage point of the town
  • Spend a day at Playa Ancon beach for an afternoon soaking up the sun. However, the water temperature is 30 degrees Celsius so don’t be expecting a refreshing dip!
  • The food was surprisingly good here and we had some delicious local dishes. Avoid the tourist traps and do your research when it comes to dining out. We had lovely fresh snapper fish, Ropa Vieja (Shredded beef) and some great homemade hummus.
  • Taste the local cocktail Canchanchara which was the drink of Trinidad in the 19th Century and was used to cure illness. It is made with honey, fresh lemon juice, soda water, ice and of course the most important ingredient, Vitamin R (rum). 
  • Casa de la Musica – Every night at 9pm locals and tourists head to the stone staircase at the Plaza Mayor to grab a drink, listen to a local band and maybe even have a salsa! 

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