Trinidad in the province Santi Spiritus, is one of the main tourist attractions on the island, because of its unspoiled colonial character and the old Spanish architecture.
The old city is declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Trinidad was founded by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez in 1514 and became a Cuban trading center by the end of the 17th century. The wealth attracted numerous pirates. During the eighteenth century the sugar trade boom made Trinidad a wealthy town and attracted many immigrants. Thousands of African slaves were imported to work in the sugar industry. A long period of isolation has preserved this unique colonial town in Cuba.
The main industry in the city is the tobacco and cigar production. The cigars are of top quality and were initially intended as a gift for diplomats.
In 1998, the Trinidad Fundadores cigars were for the first time officially presented to the public.
Tourism to Trinidad is growing because of the unique colonial ambiance of this city.
Main tourist attractions are:
This is the most important place for tourists, at this square you can visit:
A ten minutes walk from Plaza Mayor, close to the Fábrica de Tabacos, where the hand rolled 'Trindad' and 'Romeo y Julieta' cigars are made.
Trinidad is located near the unspoilt Escambray Montains (Sierra del Escambrey) with the 'Tropes de Collantes' national reserve park.
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