Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Cuba’s most charming towns. So perfectly preserved are the quaint colonial buildings, the entire town feels as though it’s trapped in a time warp from the 18th century. Nudging the emerald Escambray mountains, visit here to discover a trove of architectural treasures, from colorful colonial mansions to historic churches and pastel-painted bell towers with panoramic views. Plaza Mayor The picturesque Plaza Mayor lies in the historical center of Trinidad and is an ideal place to start a sightseeing tour of the city. Many of Trinidad’s top tourist attractions lie on or near the Plaza Mayor, including the fascinating Museo Historico Municipal, the famous Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad, and other museums and architectural gems. It’s an evocative spot to pull up a seat, order a cool drink, and imagine what life must have been like here when wealthy sugar barons sauntered along the cobbled streets. Playa Ancon
About 12 kilometers south of Trinidad, Playa Ancon, on the Peninsula Ancon, is one of the prettiest beaches on the south coast of Cuba. A coral reef bristles just offshore, and the 4-kilometer stretch of white sand fringes crystal clear seas in dreamy shades of blue. Palacio Brunet (Museo Romantico)
The yellow-hued Palacio Brunet houses the Museo Romantico, which offers a window into the world of wealthy sugar baron, Conde de Brunet. Built in the early 19th century, this attractive colonial mansion was owned by Brunet, from 1830 to 1860, an era referred to as the Romantic period. The museum’s collection comprises items from several wealthy Trinidad families, but primarily the Brunet’s possessions. Among the displays are exquisite glass and porcelain pieces, artwork, and antique furniture from the period.
Food culture of Trinidad
With an easily accessible street-food culture and a fresh selection of fruits and vegetables year-round, it’s impossible to go hungry in the island paradise of Trinidad. Doubles
This hand-held, greasy delight, also called channa batura, is perhaps the most famous of the Trinidadian street foods and is traditionally eaten at breakfast. It begins with two bara (fried flatbread) that are filled with channa (curried chickpeas) and flavored with shado beni (a popular native West Indian herb). Served with tamarind sauce and a variety of chutneys, including coconut or mango, it’s a cheap, satisfying dish found pretty much anywhere.