Western Cuba

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Western Cuba - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Museo Farmaceútico Triolet


    The city's main, not-to-be-missed sight is this perfectly preserved, 19th-century natural-medicine pharmacy. Established in 1882 by Ernesto...Read More

  • 2. Catedral de San Carlos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Recently restored on the outside, this massive, Neoclassical church with two ornate towers is famous for its interior frescoes. In front of...Read More

  • 3. Hershey Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Once the property of the Hershey chocolate barons, Cuba's first electric railway was built in 1917 to haul sugarcane and workers to the sugar...Read More

  • 4. Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This architecturally eclectic church was built in 1870 by architect Daniel Delaglio, who also designed the city's emblematic Teatro Sauto. The...Read More

  • 5. Monserrate Heights Mirador

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    For a spectacular view of the city and the bay, hire a taxi to take you up to Monserrate Heights, a pleasant park that's also the site of La...Read More

  • 6. Museo Provincial Matanzas


    This distinctive, slate-blue building with two tiers of graceful arcades recalls the city's mid-19th-century heyday. It was built in 1838 for...Read More

  • 7. Parque de la Libertad


    This attractive, leafy square is the heart of the city. A bronze statue of 19th-century liberal revolutionary leader José Martí presides over...Read More

  • 8. Plaza de la Vigía


    A little overwhelmed by passing traffic, this landmark square is the cultural hub of Matanzas, with the Matanzas Provincial Museum on one corner...Read More

  • 9. Puente Concordia


    This once-elegant, arched bridge over the Yumurí Estuary used to set a Parisian, Seine-like scene. Built in 1878, with two imposing carved columns...Read More

  • 10. Teatro Sauto

    Arts/Performance Venue

    On the Plaza de la Vigia, the massive, white Teatro Sauto is one of Cuba's finest and best-preserved Neoclassical structures. Also known as...Read More

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