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 Ciencias Naturales

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Installed in a fantastical Moorish palace, dripping with carved stone griffins, this museum is even more fascinating for its outlandish architecture...Read More

  • 2. Museo Farmaceútico Triolet

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 3. Museo Oscar María de Rojas

    Museum/Gallery

    This beautifully restored museum, housed in an elegant, colonnaded 1918 building, is worth a visit for its wide-ranging exhibits on everything...Read More

  • 4. Cueva de Ambrosio

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Discovered in the 1960s, this cave contains aboriginal drawings of concentric circles and other pre-Columbian symbols, thought to be more than...Read More

  • 5. Fábrica de Bebidas Guayabita

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    On a narrow side street south of the city center, this small distillery occupies a former rum factory. Just about every process is done by hand...Read More

  • 6. Fábrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    This traditional cigar factory, in a stately, colonnaded building that was the city jail until 1961, offers a more intimate visit than some...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Mural de la Prehistoria

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Across the massive rock face of Mogote Dos Hermanas, Diego Rivera disciple Leovigildo González (or the 25 farmers he directed) painted this...Read More

  • 10. Museo a la Batalla de Ideas

    Museum/Gallery

    Inspired by the diplomatic battle to repatriate Elián González, the five-year-old rescued off the coast of Florida in 1999, this museum, in...Read More

  • 11. Museo Municipal

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in one of Varadero's prettiest early 20th-century summer houses, built entirely of wood and painted sky blue with white trim, this collection...Read More

  • 12. Museo Municipal Adela Azcuy

    Museum/Gallery

    In a rather shabby building, this small, eclectic collection displays odd objects and photographs that focus on local history, including antique...Read More

  • 13. Museo Provincial Matanzas

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 14. Parque Colón

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You can sightsee in one of the horse-drawn carriages (less than CUC$10) that wait for hire in the plaza facing the town's central park, which...Read More

  • 15. Parque de la Libertad

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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

  • 16. Plaza de la Vigía

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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

  • 17. Puente Concordia

    Bridge/Tunnel

    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

  • 18. 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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