Camaguey is one of our favourite cities in Cuba and once you visit you will know why!
In the centre, there is a stunning colonial plaza called Plaza San Juan de Dios, which is cobblestoned and surrounded by brightly painted traditional buildings. The heart of Camaguey is a labyrinth of narrow winding streets that were created this way in order to confuse pirates! A city where you can find many European-style Cathedral’s, with one of the most interesting being Nuestra Senora de la Merced, which has extensive catacombs that include a solid silver coffin.
Camaguey is also famous for the local production of large clay pots called tinajones that are used for collecting rainwater. Legend says that if you drink from one of the clay pots, you will fall in love with the city and one day return.
There is an active cultural scene and Camaguey is home to a highly respected ballet company. Evenings can be spent enjoying a growing range of live music venues, private restaurants, cafés and bars and weekends especially can be lively with locals wandering through the cobbled streets, chatting, laughing and enjoying the music.
Surrounding the city lies a vast area of open plains, pastureland and cattle ranches, typical landscapes for the heart of Cuba, and nearby are some excellent opportunities to enjoy birdwatching at a local ranch.
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