VacacionarTravel.com
Motorhome
Excursions
Transfers
Flights
CALL CENTER
+1 (855) 65-iTRAVEL
Toll-free
+53 (7) 204-6457
Assistance In Cuba
DECEMBER 16,2019 3:03 AM
English English Español Español
You are from: Estados Unidos de America( select your country)
Search
New Users
Join the Vacacionar Travel member´s club and create a quick and easy free account
Registered users
Already registered?
Log on using your user name and password.
Messages
Send a message to our staff.
"All Inclusive" Hotels
Bask on the beaches of at all inclusive resorts ...
Economic Hotels
Get the cheap rates on all hotel rooms.
Boutique Hotels
An exclusive selection of boutique hotels from around Cuba.
Early Bookings
Save money on our early booking deals.
Design your trip
Cars
Hotels
Flights
Transfers
Excursions
Packages
FilmMakers Groups
Producers and Filmmakers Groups
Groups to Cuba
Incentives & Groups on holidays. Make your dreams come true.
QuickTravel
Use this section for last minute reservations
We accept
We accept VISA and MasterCard credit cards.
Approved Site by Minister of Tourism of Cuba
Site powered by 3Milenio Reservation System
Matanzas: A Touch of History by the Sea
Date: APR 25, 2005
Other Reports

The western Cuban province of Matanzas is a unique touch of history by the sea and has become an excellent complement for the thousands of foreign vacationers who visit the world-famous beach resort of Varadero every year.

The city of Matanzas, which was founded in 1693 as San Severino y San Carlos, was also known as Cuba's Athens or America's Venice, because of its rivers, bridges and canals, and developed a busy commercial activity and rich cultural life at the time.

Due to its peculiar economic prosperity, the city was also called America's Naples in the mid-19th century, until it was baptized with its current name.

Because of its many overpasses, Matanzas was also called the "city of bridges", among which the old La Concordia bridge, known today as Lacret, or the Calixto García bridge, just to mention some, stand out.

Architectural diversity characterizes the city, which boasts crown jewels such as the Sauto Theater, inaugurated in 1863 and designed by the Italian architect Daniel D'Allaglio, and declared a National Monument.

Plaza de la Vigía, the city's first arms square, is surrounded by exponents that are closely linked to Matanzas' historic values, including buildings such as the Fire Station, the former Customs Office and the Palace of Junco, which is a museum at present.

Another major site in the provincial capital is Parque de la Libertad, or Park of Freedom in English, which was built in 1800 and is surrounded by some of the city's main buildings, such as the Artistic and Literary Lyceum.

The fame of the building is linked to Cuban culture, since it was there that the national dance known as "danzón" was officially presented in 1879, in addition to being near the French pharmacy, which was turned into the Pharmaceutical Museum in 1964.

The underground wonders of the Bellamar Caves, discovered in 1861, the ruins of the Triunvirato sugar mill, and the natural touch of the Canimar River are complements to the city's attractions.

Very close to the city, Cuba's typical nature has one of its best exponents in the Yumurí Valley, which can be seen from the Bacunayagua Bridge, which is listed among Cuba's seven wonders of civil engineering.

Travelers who arrive in Matanzas visit the famous Ermita de Monserrate, inaugurated in 1875 and considered a symbol of the economic power achieved by the Catalonian community that settled in the city.

The bay of Matanzas, one of the best in the country because of its size and location, harbors a major construction that gives the city a touch of modernity, with a huge infrastructure to receive, store and distribute oil, in addition to excellent facilities to accommodate large tankers.

In addition to all this, the city's offers for leisure are complemented by the third version of the Tropicana nightclub, the most modern facility of its kind, and the Palmar de Junco Stadium, where the first official baseball game was held in Cuba.

Canímar River, Matanzas
City of Matanzas
Calixto García Bridge, Matanzas
City of Matanzas
Bridge over San Juan River, Matanzas
Varadero Beach, Matanzas
Related provinces
  • Matanzas

  • Related Hotels
  • Acuazul from $ 86.40 USD
  • Barcelo Arenas Blancas
  • Barceló Solymar
  • Be Live Experience Las Morlas
  • Be Live Experience Turquesa
  • Be Live Experience Varadero
  • Be Live Los Cactus
  • Brisas del Caribe from $ 136.80 USD
  • Canimao from $ 31.20 USD
  • Club Karey from $ 96.00 USD
  • Club Kawama from $ 100.80 USD
  • Club Tropical from $ 115.20 USD
  • Delfines from $ 115.20 USD
  • Dos Mares
  • Herradura
  • Iberostar Bella Costa from $ 262.00 USD
  • Iberostar Playa Alameda Varadero from $ 343.60 USD
  • Iberostar Taínos from $ 326.80 USD
  • La Mar
  • Labranda Varadero
  • Mansión Xanadú
  • Mar del Sur from $ 81.60 USD
  • Meliá Internacional
  • Meliá Las Américas
  • Meliá Las Antillas
  • Meliá Peninsula Varadero
  • Meliá Varadero
  • Oasis
  • Palma Real
  • Paradisus Princesa del Mar
  • Paradisus Varadero
  • Playa de Oro
  • Pullman & Dos Mares from $ 62.40 USD
  • Puntarena from $ 129.60 USD
  • ROC Arenas Doradas
  • ROC Barlovento
  • Royalton Hicacos
  • Sol Palmeras
  • Sol Sirenas Coral
  • Starfish Cuatro Palmas
  • Starfish Varadero Palmas from $ 120.00 USD
  • Sunbech Varadero from $ 91.60 USD
  • Tortuga from $ 88.80 USD
  • Tuxpan

  • Gallery
    Canímar River, Matanzas

    Choose a small photo to enlarge:
    Canímar River, Matanzas City of Matanzas Calixto García Bridge, Matanzas City of Matanzas Bridge over San Juan River, Matanzas Varadero Beach, Matanzas Josone Park, Varadero Beach Cathedral in the city of Matanzas Typical façade of buildings in Matanzas Handicraft market, Matanzas Palace of Justice, Matanzas Monte Mar Ciénaga de Zapata, Matanzas Fire Station in the city of Matanzas Monument to Mambises, Matanzas Sauto Theater, Matanzas Bus Depot, city of Matanzas City of Matanzas
    Home | Cars | Hotels | Flights | Transfers | Packages | Open Voucher
    About us | Affiliate System | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy
    ®2001 - 2019 Vacacionar Travel S.A. All rights reserved.