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Picture postcard colonial town that seemingly has it all

Small it may be, but the town of Trinidad on Cuba’s south coast punches well above its weight when it comes to visitor appeal and, after Havana, is the island’s undoubted number two cultural destination.

Founded in 1514, Trinidad grew rich on the back of the sugar trade. The wealth this generated led to the building of numerous beautiful civic buildings and private homes, many of which are largely unchanged to this day. With so much of its original architecture still in place, and the colonial layout of the town centre largely untainted by modern development, Trinidad was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Today, the historic centre of Trinidad is closed to traffic and wandering the town’s cobbled lanes it is hard not to be struck by the beauty of the town which is often described as an outdoor museum. For those who like traditional museums, the charming Museo Histórico Municipal, also known as Casa Cantero, is our top pick while the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos will appeal to those with an interest in the Cuban Revolution.

More than just a beautiful town however, Trinidad is also a superb base from which to enjoy the region’s many other attractions.

Just 10 minutes’ drive south of town are the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean while, immediately to the north, are the Escambray Mountains with numerous opportunities to enjoy trekking, horse-riding and even swimming in lakes and rivers.

If it’s more culture you’re after, an hour to the west is the maritime city of Cienfuegos, another UNESCO World Heritage site, while to the east are the twin attractions of the Valley of the Sugar Mills and the even smaller colonial town of Sancti Spiritus.

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