City, History, Culture
Travel in cuba to Camagüey, the city of tinajones (very large earthenware jars), is the third largest in Cuba. It is one of the most exquisite in heritage values. It has one of the most important historical centers in the country. Easy Booking Cuba accompanies you through the land of the “Agramontinos”. Its inhabitants receive this name in honor of Major General Ignacio Agramonte . Illustrious Cuban patriot chief who fought against Spanish domination in the War of 10 years in 1868.
It has an extensive plain, where livestock and agriculture are developed. It is the most coastal region of Cuba. Along with its beaches and the wealth of its natural reserves, it becomes one of the destinations with the most tourist potentials. On the north coast is the largest pink flamingo nesting reserve in the Caribbean. We recommend traveling with a rental car, you can better organize your time.
Declared by the UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity, since 2008. It retains its Hispano-Arabic particularities in its urbanism and architecture. Treasures a rich collection of buildings of unparalleled value. Between squares, manor houses and labyrinthine streets, they converge integrally with different styles: colonial, eclectic, art nouveau, art deco and modern.
Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, currently Camagüey, was founded on February 2, on 1514, by Diego Velázquez. Being the fourth village established by the Spanish. The initial founding site was at Punta Guincho, on the north coast, near Nuevitas. Later, in 1528, it moves to its current location.
There are two versions of the name change. One points to it being in honor of a tree called Camagua. That, according to legend, emanates all of life. The other says that it is due to Camagüebax. Who exercised his command between the Tínima and Hatibonico rivers, where the first houses began to be built.
Its tangled streets and colonial buildings are seductive. It is said that its streets were designed to confuse the corsairs and pirates their inhabitants. Among them you can explore squares, churches, galleries and charming bars and restaurants.
The tinajones, insignia of Camagüey, can be seen in the city and particularly in houses. They are containers of clay that were used to store grains, wine, oil and water. They have existed since the 17th century.
It´s cradle of great exponents of Cuban culture and history. Silvestre de Balboa, author of the first Cuban literary work: Espejo de paciencia (Mirror of Patience). Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, important Hispanic writer of her time. Camagüey is the land of our illustrious National Poet: Nicolás Guillén.
Santa Lucía beach is the main beach resort in the region. Linked to Cayo Romano (Natural Park), Cayo Guajaba and Cayo Sabinal. It has more than 30 dive sites, where you can see some other submerged boat. Enjoy its diving areas and nautical activities. You can see a wonderful underwater world and its coral reef with an extraordinary biodiversity.
San Juan de Dios Square was built in 1728, when the church and the hospital already existed. In its surroundings are the most important architectural group of the city. The church of San Juan de Dios has the only representation of the Holy Spirit in its human form in Cuba. The Office of the Historian of the City, formerly was the Hospital – Convent of San Juan de Dios.
It was the foundational site of the city. Over the years it has had different names. Either: main Square or the Great Church, Constitution Square, Recreational Square and Square of the Queen. Finally, in 1899 it receives the name that it has at present. In the center there is an equestrian statue of the hero of the War of Independence, which gives the place its name. Around the square is the Cathedral, the Municipal Government and the Provincial Library. In addition, there are the Trova House, the Nicolás Guillén Research Center and the house of Carlos J. Finlay.
Built in 1850. It is currently the headquarters of the Camagüey Ballet. In addition, it hosts numerous cultural events.
Named after the church was there, its neighbors popularly called it Plaza del Gallo (Rooster Square). The building dates from 1776 and is one of exponents of the baroque colonial architecture.
Located west of downtown, is this beautiful square. On its right is the church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, one of the most beautiful in the city. The cobbled central area has tinajones and life-size figures that recreate inhabitants in their usual tasks.
Housed in a majestic seventeenth-century mansion, the memorial museum offers a view of the life of those times. Through photos, documents and objects, the story of the family and the Camagüey patriot is told.
The green heart of the city, the Gonzalo de Quezada Park. Popularly known as the Casino Campestre, it is the largest urban park in Cuba. It was founded in 1860. Its leafy trees and beautiful statues stand out. The waters of the Hatibonico River refresh their terrain.
Originally this house was the home of a family in the second decade of the 19th century. Nicolás Guillén, the National Poet, was born on July 10 in 1902. Now there is a Research Center and a small museum dedicated to the poet.
The physicist and microbiologist Carlos J. Finlay, born in Camagüey in 1833. He was the discoverer of the transmitting agent of yellow fever: the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. In this museum house aspects about its life and scientific results are exposed.
One of the natural beauties of Camagüey is the channel of the Máximo river. This forms like a pool, whose walls are white calcium rocks. It extends about 500 meters downstream. This place, one of the most unique on the planet, was formed 28 million years ago. Because of its beauty and uniqueness it was declared a National Monument.
This white sand beach and turquoise blue water is close to the second largest coral reef in the world. The main tourist area has 20 km of beach with several immersion sites. You can see ancient ships submerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Enjoy an exclusive show, where expert guides feed friendly bull sharks. Its calm waters are also ideal for fishing.
The main commercial street of Camagüey is Maceo, with several souvenir shops, bookstores and shopping centers. On this street, there is also an attractive pedestrian promenade. The city has an international airport “Ignacio Agramonte” located on Avenue Finlay km 7 ½. Viazul bus terminal is located on Central Highway Este and Peru, El Retiro Neighborhood.
The city of the tinajones offers attractive excursions, visit our link and choose the one of your preference:
Nice Casas Particulares or BnB and hotels you can choose to stay in Camagüey. Select to your liking in the corresponding link:
Address: Astilleros No. 7, Telephone: 52404598
This elegant restaurant offers the best of Cuban cuisine with touches of haute cuisine in a refined building. The service staff is attentive and very professional.
Address: Hermanos Agüero No. 261, between Carmen and Honda, Telephone: 32274321
Open all day, this excellent restaurant is located in the Plaza del Carmen. The interior decoration makes the place a pleasant space. It serves tasty old clothes and rice with chicken to the chorrillana (with plum and peppers). Enjoy a delicious dessert typical of the place: potato bread, made with yucca and coconut. It has a beautiful patio and a terrace on the second floor. It has a varied menu of cocktails and wines.
Address: Lugareño No. 121, between San Rafael and San Clemente, Telephone: 32285580.
It offers in its international menu strudel, cordon bleu, schnitzel and chickpeas stewed with tomato and bacon.
Address: Victory Avenue No. 12, between Padre Carmelo and Freyre, Telephone: 32297108.
You can enjoy exquisite pizzas and tasty ice creams in your patio. Be sure to try their excellent espresso coffee.
Address: Corner Agramonte Avenue and Independencia, Telephone: 32242925.
This modern restaurant is located where previously was the first cinema of Camagüey. It is decorated with a cinema atmosphere, with director-style chairs. Offers Italian food (pizza, lasagna, fettuccine).
Address: Agramonte Square, corner Martí y Cisneros, Telephone: 32258412
Excellent colonial cafe located in Agramonte Square. Provides a charming service.
At El Encanto store, you can make the purchases you need. It is located at Maceo Street No. 54, corner General Gómez. In the Cultural Assets Fund on Libertad Avenue and ARtex Souvenir, they sell all kinds of gifts and souvenirs.