Great Escape To Historic Cuba<
Cuba remains one of the most popular international travel destinations for Canadian travellers. Beyond the spectacular beaches, Cuba boasts many allures including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites – that’s more than any other island in the Caribbean! Much of Cuba’s rich heritage and culture has remained the same. Here are two of the most fascinating and historic places to explore.
Santiago de Cuba – Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba, was founded in 1515 by Spanish governor Diego Velazquez. Santiago De Cuba is justly famed for being the city with the greatest Caribbean ambiance in Cuba – not just because of its geographic location, lapped by the warm water of the Caribbean Sea, but also because of its influence of varied cultures and architecture: Spanish, African, French, Haitian and Antillen. The city is a cultural hub as it contains a museum that displays the extensive art collection of the Bacardi family, and is home to some of Cuba’s most famous authors and musicians.
Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad is in the province of Sancti Spiritus, and is known as one of the oldest European Cuban settlements as well as a UNESCO heritage site. Trinidad is the main tourist destination and probably the city best known for its colonial architecture in Cuba. This area has centuries of traditions embodied in its large churches and museums, all of which encourage visitors to learn more about the local customs and ways of life. This territory has many attractions for nature lovers. The two top spots to visit include Topes de Collantes, Caguanes National Park and Alturas de Banao which has impressive scenery and lush vegetation.