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Postcard from Cuba: Colourful Trinidad

Picture of Jack Guy
Updated: 27 September 2017

The pretty city of Trinidad is famous for its colonial architecture and is a huge hit with visitors.

Outstanding architectural beauty

In fact the architecture and cobbled streets of Trinidad are so highly regarded that the city is now UNESCO listed, protecting it from development and safeguarding its beauty for future visitors. The history of the city is fascinating, founded as it was in 1514 by the Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, and the colonial influence runs deep.

A short hop to the beach

These days Trinidad is a bustling place with plenty to see and do, as well as acting as the gateway to the beautiful beach at Playa Ancon just seven miles away. Make a daytrip here from Trinidad, or stay in one of the hotels that line the beach. You can sit back and watch as the local fishermen go about their business, or buy a conch shell from one of the divers to take home as a souvenir.

Playa Ancon © Chiara Irico

Salsa the night away

Once you’re back in Trinidad, dance the night away at Casa de la Musica, an open-air bar where the standard of dancing always seems to be pretty impressive. That’s not to say that beginners aren’t welcome, as the atmosphere is relaxed and everyone wants to join in the fun. Those that don’t like dancing are advised to stay away from the dancefloor lest they’re pulled up to dance by an enthusiastic local!

A jewel in the crown

The next day take a stroll around town to enjoy the atmosphere, and then bid farewell to Trinidad as you set off to your next destination. You won’t find more impressive colonial architecture in the whole of the rest of Cuba, and many people argue that Trinidad is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the whole of Latin America. Well worth a visit!