Get Inspired / Central America / Cuba Historic Trinidad, Cuba Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Central America / Cuba Historic Trinidad, Cuba story by: Tom Ricketts First settled in 1541, Trinidad is a city that will take you back in time. As you explore you’ll hear the clacker of horse hoofs on the cobblestone streets and laneways too narrow for the modern day car. The layer of terracotta roofs is pierced only by the occasional bell tower or church spire, themselves only rivalled in height by slowly swaying palm trees. The jewel in Cuba’s crown is undoubtedly the city of Trinidad. Trinidad is tucked away near the southern coast of Cuba, about halfway down the island. The city is only small, with about 75,000 people calling it home. In her day she was a major player in the sugarcane industry which was the biggest industry in Cuba, until the US trade embargo and collapse of the USSR sent prices plummeting. Since then the town became somewhat of a backwater and very little development occurred over the following decades. As a result, the historic centre of the city has remained largely intact, and earned it a UNESCO World Heritage listing. The architecture is the main draw card for the city now. The cobblestone streets are lined with small row houses painted in soft pastel colours. This was of course, all before air conditioners were invented so most houses and buildings have large holes in the walls. With glass hard to come by, the holes were simply fitted with steel cages instead. As you walk through the city streets you can see bakers baking, school kids taking their classes, and chefs cooking up today’s special. The Plaza Mayor is the towns central square and home to the most impressive buildings. The two most notable are the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. The latter was the first church built in the city, but has been mostly destroyed except for its bell tower which soars above all others in the city. From here you get the most amazing view over the maze of cobblestone streets, terracotta roofs and surrounding countryside. It’s best to stay a night or two in Trinidad as you will fall in love with her charm. A short drive south of the city takes you to Playa Ancon which has western style beach resorts. And just to the west of the city is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valle de los Ingenios, a historic sugarcane growing area. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 5 reasons why Contiki's a great idea Read more Add or remove from Wishlist What it’s really like to fly Emirates Business Class Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.