Friday morning we left the city of Cienfuegos and traveled one hour to another world heritage site: Trinidad.
Founded in 1514, it was one of the first Spanish cities in the island. Because of how well it is preserved, Trinidad is also known as the “city museum of Cuba”. Last year, to celebrate its 500 anniversary, several of its buildings and streets were refurbished and painted.
Trinidad developed in the 1700’s and 1800’s thanks to its sugarcane valley. However, the industry collapsed due to the over-exploitation of the fields. Upon our arrival, we drove by the valley and visited the famous Trinidad tower depicted on the 25 cents coin. After walking up seven flights of stairs we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the whole valley.
Aside from being home to nature and the most perfect Palm trees I have ever seen, the city center has a unique character. Its narrow cobblestone streets, pastel-colored houses tightly built next to each other, and people walking, biking, or simply sitting on the sidewalk make this a picturesque and warm city. Paladares and casas particulares also abound, with over 1000 casas, as it is a major tourist destination.
Trinidad is also known for its culture and handcrafts; artists sell paintings, tablecloths, wood carvings, jewelry, and other artwork on their shops, which are scattered around the city center. At night, people get together on the multiple live music venues. An example is Casa de la Musica, where performers dance and play Cuban music, while locals and visitors sit on the outdoor cobblestone stairs and enjoy the show.
Trinidad transmits joy, and hospitality is felt on every narrow street that make up this great city.