The main plaza, Parque Céspedes, is the best place to experience Manzanillo's unique sense of style. It's dominated by a central bandstand, with colorful, intricately painted tiles and a domed top. Many of the fine buildings surrounding the plaza are Moorish-inspired. You'll also find a café, an art gallery, shops, and the Casa de la Cultura, which has art exhibits, live-music shows, and other cultural events.
The Museo Histórico Municipal has displays
on local history and popular culture. One exhibit is dedicated to Taty Labernia, who was so famous for her renditions of boleros (traditional Cuban songs descended from troubadour ballads) that they called her La Reina del Bolero (The Queen of the Bolero). Calle Bartolomé Masó, Manzanillo, Granma. No phone. 1 cuc. Tues.–Sat. 9–5.