Trinidad, a Renewed City Facing its Half-Millennium

Cuba has a vast offer of sun and sand tourism, with options ranging from the popular beaches to the isolated inlets where time seems to stop. Add to that the options for historical and heritage tourism, making the knowledge of Cuban culture the third reason for tourists travel to the island, Miguel Gibson reports in this article from

Trinidad is located in the south central region of Cuba and was the third village founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1514. Next to its 500 years, the city is receiving the benefits of an ambitious renovation of buildings of great heritage value, and also in housing, and cultural institutions.

The program started in 2011 includes the rehabilitation of areas of historic and tourist interest. Among them highlight several squares, such as “Three Palmitas”, “Jigue”, “Santa Ana”, “Mayor” and “Carrillo”, with their respective environments. Also, are contemplated the park of “Punta Brava”, the Museum of Architecture, The History Files, the “Alameda de Concha”, and “The Caridad” Theater.

On the periphery of the city, they have been working on archaeological sites, including several places like the sugar mill of “San Isidro de los Destiladeros”, an exponent of the sugar development achieved by the region in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Trinidad was recognized in 1988 by UNESCO as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity, for being an inhabited urban center best preserved in Latin America. Recently in this destination with great potential for its development, it was opened a group that works to raise the quality of the services.

The Cuban Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero praised the work at the “Meson de Regidor”, which now has four luxury rooms on the second floor and an atmosphere of intimacy and elegance. Among the celebrations for the 498 anniversary of the southern village, Marrero Cruz praised the details in the termination of this site and urged the staff to provide excellent service.

Besides, the “Colonial Trinidad” restaurant was restored with its 160 capabilities. The facility belongs to “Palmares”, a non-hotel group, and it’s a strong appeal to customers visiting, during their Cuba holidays, the City Museum in the Caribbean.

The hotel complex “Brisas Trinidad del Mar” was also benefited from the investment program. The Ancon hotel completed the refurbishment of 37 rooms, and of the Venezia restaurant, specialized in Italian food.

Among the hotel facilities of the village stands the Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad, located in the heart of the city. It was built in 2005 and consists of a building with 40 rooms on three floors.

According to Jacquila Sayers from Teddington, UK, “it’s a wonderful hotel and a break from the heat and bustle of tourists in city. The staff was delightful, the room was very clean and we even got an upgrade, as it was low season. It was a great room that overlooking the square with amazing terrace. A delicious breakfast and a fabulous patio bar, the room had air conditioning, too. No doubt that you get what you pay for, I can’t complain.

Trinidad is, without doubt, a Cuban environment ideal to make a significant contribution to heritage preservation and development of elegant and sustainable tourism.

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