You know the famous pastel colored buildings that Cuba is known for? Yeah, that’s Trinidad! Trinidad has a cute array of colored housing and here the casas particulares are unreal! Many of these homes are beautiful colonial jewels with stunning gardens. You can walk cobblestoned streets, listen to live music in the plaza, cool off with fresh sugar cane juice, hop into a horse-drawn carriage, chat with locals, or visit fascinating colonial museums spread about town. You will not loose your time in Trinidad. Trinidad is a place where new mixes with old to create a jumble of sights, sounds, and smells.
It’s certainly a tourist town though — but even with other travelers around, Trinidad doesn’t lose its charm.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Trinidad, is also began an UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the island in the province of Sancti Spíritus. Trinidad is Cuba’s best preserved colonial city, a unique mix of 1850’s architecture & 1950’s cars that feels frozen in time.
The town’s wealth funded extravagant palaces, large plazas, and colorful colonial homes for rich plantation owners.
WHAT TO DO
Plaza Mayor is the true heart of Trinidad, a large plaza comprised of raised gardens, walkways. Historic buildings from the 18th & 19th centuries still surround the plaza. Many of them are painted in pastel colors, topped with red terracotta roofs. The plaza was built when the region was rich and you’ll still find the same churches and mansions previously owned by sugar barons — restored and transformed.
Life is simple, grab a seat on one of the cast-iron benches, and enjoy the gardens and the buildings nearby. You can order your drink and the waitress will bring it to you. But taking a long walk down some of Trinidad’s side streets until you get completely lost is one of my favorite things to do. You’ll get a glimpse of what life in Trinidad truly looks like. You may see games of dominoes, deep conversations, bird cages hanging from porches. Don’t be afraid to ask some questions too. Most people will be happy to chat!
If you want to dance, in Cuba you can stay sitting down or don’t move any of your mussels as you will have always music around you, every evening at Casa de la Música there is an outside show which travelers can enjoy. Here expect to pay 3 CUC / $3 / £1.96 for a cocktail.
One good place is the Canchánchara where you can have good cocktail of rum, honey, lemon, and water, it’s the simple things in life in Cuba that matter. Don’t be alarmed when live music explodes! It is Cuba mood..
The nearby Playa Ancon deserves a shout out too because it is a postcard perfect beach. This beach is perfection, it’s exactly what you would expect of Cuba with its blue waters, white sand and palm trees.
In attempt to miss the strong sun, I hired a bike in Trinidad at 9 a.m. (5 CUC / $5 / £3.27 each). With the bike I rode till the beach and passed all the day chilling there.