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Camaguey Cuba - Centuries Old History in Eastern Cuba

Posted December 07, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Travel.
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Camagüey, patio with “tinajones” (large earthenware jars)

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Camagüey Principal Theater

The city of Camagüey, which was initially founded as a coastal village, treasures 490 years of history in its streets and buildings, and the peculiarity of being called the “city of tinajones” (large earthenware jars) by its dwellers.

Those huge earthenware containers, which were used to store rainwater for human consumption centuries ago, decorate gardens and parks, giving a touch of distinction to the city, which exhibits elements of its colonial past everywhere you go.

Founded in 1514 as the village of Santa María del Puerto Príncipe, the city currently features a combination of modernism and history, in a setting where modern buildings are interrelated with ancient historic sites.

Famous for its huge cattle potential, the city was moved to its current location to avoid attacks by corsairs and pirates, who were attracted by the vast wealth of the largest Antillean Island.

Camagüey is a city with one-tower temples, façades with eaves and pillars, iron-wrought windows, and houses with interior patios and red-tile roofs. All of these are elements of a sober and at the same time attractive architecture in a setting made up of a true labyrinth of alleys.

The streets have been capriciously designed, since they are straight only in short segments and then take different directions, creating triangles or ending at one of the many squares of the old village.

The city’s main square is the Ignacio Agramonte Park, which was built in 1528 as the Arms Square and still preserves its condition as the core of the city’s architectural structure, despite the many changes the village has undergone with the passage of time.

In the early years of the village, major administrative institutions created by the Spanish colonizers, including the venue of the government and the Iglesia Mayor, or Greater Church, surrounded the plaza, which was also the axis to design the city.

Other more recent constructions are the Principal Theater, built in 1850 and characterized by abundant marble and glass, and La Merced Church, a legacy from the 18th century that holds the Holy Sepulcher, which is the country’s biggest piece of its kind and was made of 23,000 silver coins donated by a believer.

However, Camagüey is not only history. It also offers 125 kilometers of beaches for travelers interested in combining history with leisure, while ecotourism lovers can also visit the Sierra de Cubitas Mountain Range.

In that setting sits the coastal resort of Santa Lucía, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world because of its crystal-clear waters, the presence of the world’s second largest coral reef and many colonies of pink flamingos.

In a perfect combination of paradise and adventure, a large number of keys and islets - many of which are deserted and boast pristine beaches - are available as future options for those who bet on both history and leisure to spend their vacations.

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Attractions
Ballet de Camagüey
Institutions
Carretera Central No. 3331
Camagüey
Birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte
Museums
Ave. Ignacio Agramonte No. 459 e/ Independencia y Cisneros
Camagüey
Birthplace of Nicolás Guillen
Places of Interest
Calle Hermanos Agüero No. 58
Camagüey
Conjunto Monumentario “Ignacio Agramonte”
Places of Interest
Plaza de la Revolucion
Camagüey
Museo Antiguo Cuartel de Caballería del Ejercito Español
Museums
Ave. de los Mártires No. 2
Camagüey
Museo de la Lucha Estudiantil “Jesús Suarez Gayol”
Museums
Calle República No. 69
Camagüey
Museo Provincial de Camagüey “Ignacio Agramonte”
Museums
Ave. de los Mártires No. 2 esq. a Ignacio Sánchez
Camagüey
Old Villa of Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe
Urban Historic Centers
Ciudad de Camagüey
Camagüey
Quinta Amalia Simoni
Museums
Calle General Gomez No. 608 e/ Simoni y Plaza de la Habana
Camagüey
San Juan de Dios Plaza and Hospital
Monuments
Calle San Juan de Dios y San Rafael
Camagüey
Santa Iglesia Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria
Churches-Places of Cult
Calle Cisneros No. 168
Camagüey
Teatro Principal
Theaters
Calle Padre Valencia No. 64
Camagüey
Hotels  
Camagüey, Hotel
City
Carretera Central Este km. 4 ½, Reparto Jayamá
Camagüey
Colon, Hotel
City
Calle República No. 472 e/ San Jose y San Martín
Camagüey
Florida, Hotel
City
Carretera Central km. 536
Camagüey
Gran Hotel, Hotel
City
Calle Maceo No. 64 e/ Ignacio Agramonte y General Gomez
Camagüey
Plaza, Hotel
City
Calle Van Horne No. 1 e/ República y Avellaneda
Camagüey
Puerto Príncipe, Hotel
City
Ave. de los Mártires No. 60, Reparto La Vigía
Camagüey

Nightlife  
1920
Pool bar
Hotel Gran Hotel
Camagüey
Campana Toledo
Bar
Calle San Juan de Dios No. 18 e/ Ramon Pinto y Pedro Olallo
Camagüey
Canadá
Bar
Hotel Camagüey
Camagüey
Club Rumbos
Bar
Ave. Principal Santa Lucía
Camagüey
El Cambio
Bar
Calle Martí esq. a Independencia, Parque Agramonte
Camagüey
El Mirador bajo las Estrellas
Bar
Hotel Gran Hotel
Camagüey
El Vitral
Snack bar
Hotel Plaza
Camagüey
Havana Club
Pool bar
Hotel Camagüey
Camagüey
La Marquesina
Bar
Hotel Gran Hotel
Camagüey
Las 3 Carabelas
Bar
Hotel Colon
Camagüey
Lobby Bar
Lobby bar
Hotel Colon
Camagüey
Lobby Bar
Lobby bar
Hotel Camagüey
Camagüey
Patio
Bar
Hotel Colon
Camagüey
Pergola
Lobby bar
Hotel Plaza
Camagüey
Plaza
Bar
Hotel Plaza
Camagüey
Sala de Fiestas La Cuba
Nightclub
Calle Independencia No. 208 e/ Martí y Hermanos Agüero
Camagüey
Tinajon
Bar
Hotel Gran Hotel
Camagüey
Tradicuba
Cabaret
Hotel Camagüey
Camagüey

Restaurants  
Caribe
Buffet restaurant
Hotel Gran Hotel
Camagüey
El Dorado
Cuban cuisine
Hotel Plaza
Camagüey
El Pollito
White meat
Ave. Finlay km. 6
Camagüey
Ingenio Santa Isabel
Light Meals
Carretera Santa Lucía Km. 4, Santa Lucía
Camagüey
La Barra Impacto
Light Meals
Calle República No. 358
Camagüey
La Gran Vía
Light Meals
Carretera Central
Camagüey
La Vicaria
International cuisine
Calle República No. 22 e/ General Gomez y Callejon
Camagüey
Las Arecas
Light Meals
Hotel Gran Hotel
Camagüey
Las Ruinas
Light Meals
Calle Independencia esq. a Hermanos Agüero, Plaza Maceo
Camagüey
Los Mangos
Light Meals
Ave. Finlay Km. 7, Aeropuerto Internacional “Ignacio Agramonte”
Camagüey
Nan King
Asian cuisine
Calle República No. 222
Camagüey
Parador de los Tres Reyes
Light Meals
Calle San Juan de Dios No. 18
Camagüey
Puerto Príncipe
International cuisine
Hotel Camagüey
Camagüey
Rancho King
Cuban cuisine
Carretera de Santa Lucía km. 35, Finca Cafetal San Miguel
Camagüey
Ranchon
Light Meals
Hotel Camagüey
Camagüey
Salon Caribe
Cuban cuisine
Hotel Gran Hotel
Camagüey
Santa María
Buffet restaurant
Hotel Colon
Camagüey

Member Comments

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On December 07, 2004, Jesus Perez wrote:

Great article. Lovely city!