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Despite being one of the top five must-see places in Cuba, Trinidad maintains a slow-paced charm. Wander its cobbled streets, admiring the iconic architecture: pastel-coloured buildings with wrought-iron grille windows and red ceramic tile roof-tops. Trinidad’s town centre attracts most of the attention, especially around the picturesque Plaza Mayor. The Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad (or Parroquial Mayor) sits on one of the corners of the plaza. Completed in 1892, its modest façade disguises its lovely interior with elaborate altars and decorated ceilings.
There are a number of museums to visit in Trinidad, with a varied range of collections. Make sure to visit the Museo Romántico, a colonial mansion from the 18th century which overlooks the Plaza Mayor. The museum houses a beautiful collection of antiques and offers a unique view of the city from its second floor. The Museo de la Lucha contra Bandidos (‘Museum of the Struggle against Bandits’), housed in the former Convent of San Francis of Assisi, is home to a collection of maps, weapons, photographs and objects from the Castrist militia efforts against counter-revolutionaries in the 1960s. The interior patio of the church offers a glimpse into the Cuban Missile Crisis, with fragments of a U-2 plane and a GAZ 63 truck. The museum is also renowned for the 360° view it offers of the city from the former church’s bell tower. The Museo Histórico Municipal is another must-see in Trinidad. This sumptuous 19th century mansion has a notable collection, including the possessions of the Cantero family, wealthy 1800s sugar barons who are the subject of much intrigue.
The Manaca-Iznaga estate, a former sugar plantation, should feature on everyone’s bucket-list. Legend has it that back in 1750, the Manaca and Iznaga families made a bet to see who could build the largest water well and tower. The winner would take Trinidad’s most beautiful lady as his wife. Though the water well no longer exists, the 44m-high tower stands testament to the legend, and provides visitors with the most amazing view of the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills).