Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988, the quaint charm of Trinidad has been meticulously preserved. The sixteenth-century city is a true window into old Cuba, with its charming cobblestone streets lined with colonial palaces, pastel-coloured houses, terracotta rooftops, handsome plazas and the occasional arts and crafts market. The town’s most magnificent buildings, including the Museo Histórico Municipal and the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria can be found around the stunning Plaza Mayor, Trinidad’s main public square, making it the perfect starting point to begin your walk through this majestic city.
Just outside the city lie the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) where you can view the ruins of dozens of nineteenth-century sugar mills, remnants from the town’s sugar-production boom. Head south of the city and you will meet Playa Ancón, the best beach Cuba’s south coast has to offer, while north on the city’s horizon emerge the lavender and jade hues of the Sierra del Escambray mountains.