Postcards from Trinidad

The second instalment (of three)in our Postcards from Cuba series features Trinidad/Sancti Spiritus .
Officially declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1988, Trinidad is thoroughly unique with perfectly preserved architecture where the clocks stopped ticking in the 19th century. In contrast to the charming ruin of many of Havana’s old buildings, you are met with vibrancy in Trinidad. It is also close to the seafront, making it the perfect getaway for character and relaxation.

 

Eat/Drink
Continue with the tradition of having rum everyday, with breakfast, lunch and dinner – the quality really is that good. Enjoy a special rum cocktail that is served only at the Palenque de los Congos Reales.
 
We indulged in a local palabar (the name escapes me) but it was absolutely delish, especially the shredded lamb. The private restaurants are really the way to go if you would like to enjoy Cuban cuisine.
Stay

We stayed at the Iberostar Grand hotel that is a remodelled 19th-century building and has a great location right in the heart of Trinidad.

Do

Walk around the cobbled streets of Trinidad. As ever, make sure your cameras are at the ready as each corner is a postcard waiting to be captured. From the swishing palm trees on the corner of many streets to the local buskers engaging you with their sultry tones, this is a place that awakens the senses.

Explore Trinidad at night and enjoy an open roof festival of music – be prepared to have a dance with the locals.

 

Visit

The Palenque de los Congos Reales was the absolute highlight of the trip and the inspiration behind the collection. The venue provides you with a glimpse of Afro-Cuban culture, featuring the traditional music of the descendants of the African slaves brought to Cuba. Through the rhythmic drums, you appreciate the similarities to the music in Western and Central Africa and also begin to realise that this is the basis of Cuban rumba. Be sure to grab a CD!

Take some time out also to visit the many historical houses and marvel at the preservation of the architecture, the Museo Histórico Municipal is a good place to start with if only for the view of Trinidad from the top of the tower alone.

Wear

The Tails flare dress is perfect attire for Trinidad. It is vibrant, yet effortless. Pair with some brogues as you will be doing a lot of walking around.

 


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