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Descriptionhotels map

After Havana, the small town of Trinidad is probably Cuba's most popular cultural attraction having been granted UNESCO World Heritage status, a recognition in itself that this is one of the best preserved colonial towns anywhere in the Americas. Made rich by sugar, the town is home to a number of lovely squares, churches, museums and mansions that can easily be explored on foot. Highlights include the Museo Romantico, Convento de San Francisco de Asis, Museo de Arquitectura and the Plaza Mayor. As well as its many own attributes and attractions, Trinidad is a great base from which to explore the entire south coast region including nearby Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus and the Escambray Mountains.

Beaches

Despite being famous for its cultural attractions, the coastal area around Trinidad is also growing in popularity for the excellent and largely undeveloped beaches at Playa Ancon, about 20 minutes drive from the town.


Excursions

Located midway between Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus, the Valle de los Ingenios (otherwise known as Sugarmill Valley) is home to almost half the sugarmills that were built in Cuba during the 19th century. Together with numerous scattered mansions and other relics of the period they provide a fascinating insight into Cuba's past. To the north of Trinidad the Escambray Mountains offer some of the most beautiful scenery in Cuba. For those with a car the drive from Trinidad to Topes de Collantes is one of the most dramatic in Cuba. High within these mountains is the scenic Lake Hanabanilla where fishing and hiking are popular.


Food

There are a number of very good paladars in Trinidad town so this is one place in Cuba where finding a good meal isn't generally a problem. As far as the 2 hotels are concerned, the food at Las Cuevas is poor and the Iberostar Grand overpriced.


Getting There

Trinidad is located on Cuba's south coast, approximately 4 hours drive from Havana. With so much to see and do in the surrounding region, and so little traffic, many visitors opt for car hire. For clients who do not wish to drive themselves we can arrange private road transfers from pretty much all points, north, east and west. We are also now able to pre-book clients tickets on the excellent and very good value tourist bus that links Trinidad with both Havana & Vinales.


Hotels

At present there are just 3 hotels open in town: the excellent but relatively pricey Iberostar Grand is one of the very best hotels in Cuba and books up a long way in advance throughout the year; almost next door to the Iberostar Grand is La Ronda, a delightful little colonial era hotel with plenty of character and also quite pricey. Finally, a 15 minute walk from the town is the cheaper but purely functional Las Cuevas, a throwback to the 1970s but the only option with a pool. As an alternative to town, there are 3 simple All Inclusive hotels at the beach, some 10-15 minutes drive from town. There is also Finca Ma Dolores in a rural setting some 10 minutes drive from town. A new hotel, Pansea Trinidad, is set to open in the centre of Trinidad some time in early 2014. As an alternative to hotel accommodation, Trinidad is probaby the best place in Cuba to experience staying in a casa particular (private home); we feature a number of Trinidads casa particulars and can pre-book them.


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