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.
“Until you climb the stairs at No. 209 Habana street, you have no idea that what you’ll find behind those doors is a treasure, crafted with the refinement of one who has an eye for the slightest detail,” said a tourist about his stay at this hostel. “The Hostal Casa Habana provides its customers with a modern environment, without losing either simplicity or elegance.”
Five hundred years after its founding, the eastern Cuban city of Bayamo bears the pride of an entire nation. Never before has the history of a small city carried so much weight in determining a country’s destiny, or merited so many names, earned with a long history of glorious and heroic events.