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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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