The island of Cuba has a long and narrow shape, often compared to that of a crocodile. Its relationship with the sea is intense and, with the exception of Bayamo, all of its main cities are close to the shore. Although Bayamo is further from the sea than probably any other city in Cuba, for its citizens this is only a detail as for them the sea represents not only a nostalgic memory of their origins, but is the key source for seafood and other succulent fish dishes.
West of Havana, on the highway that joins the town of Punta Brava and Santa Fe Beach, the ruins of what used to be the “Ingenio Taoro” (Tahoro Sugar Cane Mill) can be seen. This site was witness to the painful lives of the black slaves that were brought to the Island from Africa by the Spanish colonists between the 16th and 19th centuries. The colonists used the slaves for their own goals of prosperity and many of these men and women lost their lives under colonial control.
Cuba´s historical cities are impressive, with architectural diversity covering a number of styles that are more than five centuries old. Included are colonial and modern constructions, holding vast cultural wealth and very well-preserved traditions, attracting numerous travelers annually.
Jardines del Rey (`The King´s Garden´s in English´) is an archipelago located off the the northern coast of the island of Cuba. It was so named by the Spanish colonists in the 16th century in honor of King Fernando II of Aragon. The natural beauty of Jardines del Rey is extraordinary, with a tropical landscape, exotic marine life and a peaceful environment.
By Rosa María González López, Photos by: Emilio Herrera and Prensa Latina Archives
It is difficult to think of a city or capital of any country without its theater, a place that offers a necessary escape; that public place whose origins go back in time, and to which one comes as spectator or accomplice, or both…a place that is a witness of events withstood by the life and culture of its people.
Citizens of Sancti Spíritus are proud of their city, where public squares, places of recreation and churches frame the narrow cobbled streets. The historical center has been renovated, an outstanding colonial setting including the Church, Principal Theater, Bridge on the River Yayabo (the only one of his type in the country) and the ‘House of a Hundred Doors’, shining with splendour.
As the 16th Habanos Festival draws near, a trip to the tobacco-growing region of the western Cuban province of Pinar del Río is a must: these fields are a very special attraction, and not just for cigar lovers, but also for any traveler who is interested in this country’s history and culture. And every year, participants in the Habanos Festival— some 1,000 people from 80 countries—tour these tobacco fields and chat with growers. This year, the festival is dedicated to the Cuban cigar brands Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagás, Montecristo and Trinidad.
By Masiel Fernández Bolaños / Photos by José Tito Meriño and Garal
With the imprint of colonial times that pervades every one of its buildings and its high degree of preservation, this city might seem frozen in time. However, Trinidad, located in the heart of Cuba, enchants every visitor with its intoxicating spirit, a mixture of the enigmatic past and a captivating freshness after 500 years of existence.