Central Cuba

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  • 1. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally erected in 1748, this church was reconstructed in 1848, repaired after a fire in 1906, and renovated yet again in 1998. The clock...Read More

  • 2. Jardín Botánico Soledad

    Garden/Arboretum

    East of town lie Cienfuegos's expansive botanical gardens covering 94 hectares (232 acres) and containing more than 2,000 plant species, most...Read More

  • 3. Mausoleo y Museo Ernesto "Che" Guevara

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    No matter what your politics, a visit to Santa Clara's most famous attraction is a must if you wish to understand modern Cuba's complex history...Read More

  • 4. Museo de la Lucha Contra Bandidos

    Museum/Gallery

    This mouthful of a name translates as the "Museum of the Fight Against Bandits." Those so-called bandits were fighters who waged guerrilla warfare...Read More

  • 5. Palacio de Valle

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The most impressive of Punta Gorda's mansions is the Palacio de Valle, which was built in 1917 by the sugar baron Asisclo del Valle. It's a...Read More

  • 6. Playa Pilar

    Beach–Sight

    Cayo Guillermo’s nicest beach—and many visitors rank it as their favorite in Cuba—was named after Hemingway's old fishing boat. Stretching along...Read More

  • 7. Biblioteca

    Library/Archive

    The Neoclassical Biblioteca, on Plaza Serafín Sánchez's southwest corner, is the most conspicuous edifice. Built in 1929 by the city's wealthiest...Read More

  • 8. Calle El Llano

    Neighborhood/Street

    Down the hill behind the church is Calle El Llano, a steep, cobbled street lined with some of the city's oldest houses, most of which are private...Read More

  • 9. Calle Independencia

    Pedestrian Mall

    For several blocks south of the Plaza Serafín Sánchez, Calle Independencia is a pedestrian mall lined with an array of shops, a couple of banks...Read More

  • 10. Casa de Cultura

    House/Mansion/Villa

    At Parque José Martí's southwest corner stands the Palacio Ferrer, an elaborate mansion built in 1917 by Spanish businessman José Ferrer and...Read More

  • 11. Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This yellow colonial building with a high wooden balcony was probably one of the tallest structures in town when Ignacio Agramonte was born...Read More

  • 12. Castillo de Jagua

    Military Site

    Above a fishing village overlooking the narrow entrance to the Bahía de Cienfuegos (35 km [21 miles] south of the historical center) is a Spanish...Read More

  • 13. Catedral de la Purísima Concepción

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The city's bright yellow Neoclassical cathedral, with its high central bell tower reminiscent of a minaret, was consecrated in 1870. Its interior...Read More

  • 14. Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Camagüey's cathedral, on the southeastern edge of Parque Ignacio Agramonte, was built in fits and starts between 1735 and 1864. The most recent...Read More

  • 15. Cayo Blanco

    Island

    A 45-minute boat ride southeast of the peninsula takes you to Cayo Blanco, with its white-sand beach and vast coral reef offshore. A tour is...Read More

  • 16. Cayo Coco

    Beach–Sight

    The island was named for the white ibis, a pale wader called the coco in Cuba, but its mangroves and sandy shallows attract dozens of species...Read More

  • 17. Cayo Guillermo

    Beach–Sight

    The island's beaches are narrow but still captivating. The ocean in front of them is so shallow that you can wade out more than 90 meters (290...Read More

  • 18. Cayo Sabinal

    Island

    Just west of the Bahía de Nuevitas, the island has deserted beaches, a working lighthouse, and the ruins of a Spanish fortress. A bumpy road...Read More

  • 19. Hospital de San Juan de Dios

    Building/Architectural Site

    On the eastern edge of Plaza de San Juan de Dios, the old hospital now holds the offices of several cultural organizations. In the portico of...Read More

  • 20. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The restored exterior of this 18th-century Baroque church dedicated to Our Lady of Solitude leads to its well-preserved interior. Thick, square...Read More

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