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Cuba - Trinidad

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Trinidad is a quaint Cuban town on the southern coast of Cuba. It's 500 year old town with Spanish Colonial architecture is one of the most preserved in the country with cobbled streets and old colourful houses lining the narrow streets. The houses are covered in red tiled roofs and we had a great view across the town from the top of Convent San Francisco de Asís.

Trinidad has a quiet central plaza with several steep streets leading away from it. Around the corner from the central plaza is a sloping street full of steps, and a stage, used most nights for live music and salsa dancing (Casa de la Musica), and we found it a great spot to sip away on Mojitos and enjoy some live Cuban music. There were also some fantastic and affordable dinner combinations on offer, mains with drinks and all sorts thrown in. Plus in practically every restaurant, there were very talented musicians playing away from a corner.

One day we took the rickety old Russian train ride out to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, over a few bridges and through gorgeous green hills, with great views out across the valley. It was a peaceful ride including visits to a couple of old mansions which used to operate as sugar mills. Cuba was the largest exporter of sugar in the world during the 18th and 19th century.

Trinidad is a great town to aimlessly wander and soak up the fascinating Cuban lifestyle of relaxing in the doorway of your old house, in a rocking chair, cigar in hand just watching the people go by.


Posted by TheNomadWay.com 13:39 Archived in Cuba

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