Historic Places

Historic Places

Cuban legends remain in the minds of the people without knowing their origins. The beginning of the Bainoa Donkey tradition is lost in history.

Santiago de Cuba is the second most important city of the Island. Its climate, its people, the history that contains and the beauty of the city are the elements that transform it into an important tourist center.

Bayamo is a Cuban city that holds a great deal of history. The museums, cultural centers and the architectural beauty of the city classify it as one of the more attractive centers for tourism.

The city of Matanzas is one of the jewels of western architecture in Cuba. Its history is a mixture of tradition, beauty, greatness and prosperity. Its name originates from an event that took place at the beginning of the 16th century in the Guanima bay.

The history of Varadero is bound to its beaches, but also to the evolution of Cuba as a nation. For more than 100 years it has been Cuba's main tourist destination. At the arrival of Columbus, this coastal area belonging to the Peninsula of Hicacos was populated by aboriginals, fact which is clearly demonstrated by the cave systems: Cueva de Ambrosio and Cueva de Musulmanes, where human remains have been discovered along with undecipherable cave paintings.

Trinidad was one of the first villages founded by the Spaniards in Cuba. Today is one of the most important tourist poles in the center of the island. A few months after turning 500 years of having been founded, the village of Trinidad emerges like one of the most emblematic of Cuba places, with a mixture of attractive history, folklore and ideal nature to enjoy unforgettable moments in this corner of the Caribbean.

The Malecón is one of busiest places in the capital of Cuba. Its story is related to Havana's evolution since the early twenty century. The Malecón is a six-lane avenue that skirts, along five miles, the coast of Havana city. Its long bare concrete wall becomes, mainly in the hot summer nights, the "sofa of Havana" where lovers, youth groups, families with children sit, beset by numerous street vendors.

Extramural Tree-lined Avenue used to delimit the colonial Havana. Nowadays is a really popular avenue in the Capital of Cuba. Old, historic, classic, according to the tastes of the time is nowadays, the Paseo del Prado, one of the most emblematic constructions of the city. It has statues of lions guarding it and spacious marble benches for the rest of the family.

The Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) was the First Square in Havana. It has had many roles since its founding in 1514. Today it is a heavily visited tourist area.  Its location is linked to the tradition of the first town council held on November 16th, 1514 under a leafy Ceiba, near the coast, to take the first steps in the creation of the San Cristóbal de La Habana village.

The history of the Plaza Vieja makes it a remarkable place in Old Havana. It is visited by hundreds of people every day and hosts various cultural activities. A cold beer after walking under the hot summer sun in Cuba, buy a souvenir of the island, appreciate works of art, take a tour throughout Havana and even the galaxy...

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  • At the fairgrounds Expocuba more than 75 countries and 4 500 exhibitors have gathered since this Monday to seek business opportunities in the Caribbean largest shopping bag. Until November 4 Cuban entrepreneurs can showcase their results in the production of goods and services and present their interests in the search of foreign investment. Aiming for this, the Ministry of Tourism has arranged a larger exhibition area at the fair, for which presents a portfolio of 127 investment projects, including 25 for the construction of hotels, 97 in the form of hotel management with or without external financing and five dedicated to marine management. United States, Spain, France, Italy and Japan increased their participation, and Venezuela, China and Russia are the partners of the island most represented at the meeting.

  • The Roswell Park Cancer Institute, based in the city of Buffalo, will hold in the United States a clinical trial of a Cuban vaccine against lung cancer. The goal is to test the CimaVax-EGF, a treatment developed by the Molecular Immunology Center in Havana. The institute, one of the most important of its kind in the world, becomes the first American medical institution to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration to test a Cuban medical therapy in that country. The clinical trial is expected to begin in November and to involve roughly 60 - 90 US patients. Although CimaVax-EGF does not provide a cure of the disease, it contributes to slow the growth of tumors and is less toxic than chemotherapy. In this regard, it has already shown promising results in Cuba, and other countries like Peru, Colombia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • One of the most important groups in the contemporary world scene will tour Cuba. Odin Teatret will carry out from October 30 to November 25 a tour through several provinces. Based in the Danish town of Holstebro, Odin Teatret is led since 1964 by the Italian master Eugenio Barba. During his stay in Cuba they will present eight shows, which include one-person and group shows as well as a program of lectures, workshops, work demonstrations, audiovisual presentations, master classes and other exchanges. The tour will cover the cities of Las Tunas, Sancti Spiritus, Matanzas, Santa Clara, Camagüey, Pinar del Rio, Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba and Havana.

  • 25th edition of International Ballet Festival of Havana Alicia Alonso has started. The event, one of the most prestigious in the world of dance- will take place until November 6. Among the guests are the company Buenos Aires Ballet, under the direction of Federico Fernández; Dance Americanana -group composed of figures of the New York City Ballet and the Miami City Ballet-; Ballet West, also American, and the Canadian company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Also integrate the list Vlovajob Pru, led by François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea; Martha Graham Dance Company, founded in 1929 by the celebrated dancer and choreographer Martha Graham; and Irene Rodriguez’s (Cuba). Also attending the Festival are choreographers Daniel Proietto and Demis Volpi, both Argentinian; Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cuban Alberto Mendez and Ely Regina Hernandez, who created especially for the event, the pas de deux Winter.

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