6 February, 2017

The Camaguey City

Ville historique de Camaguey (Cuba)

Ville historique de Camaguey (Cuba)

With an area of more than 15,400 square kilometers, the Cuban province of Camaguey occupies 14 percent of the national territory, making it the largest in the country.

 

Of this extension, 478 correspond to the adjacent cays, in formations of the northern coasts, in the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, and the Romano, Cruz and Sabinal Cays; And in the south, the Gardens of the Queen or Labyrinth of the Twelve Leagues.

Camaguey Tourist Attractions

It is the region with the most coasts of this Caribbean archipelago and possessing 25 percent of its beaches, so that, along with those of the cayería, and the richness of its natural reserves in the mountain ranges of Cubitas and Najasa, becomes one of the Of more relevant tourism potential.

Diving areas, underwater riches, a part of the coral reef of northern Cuba, just a few kilometers from its coast, on Santa Lucia beach (its main spa), and the largest nesting reserve of pink flamingos in the Caribbean – and Among the largest in the world – are part of some of its exceptional attractions.

More than 30 dive sites make excursions easier, even in areas of submerged vessels.

Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The capital of the province, Camaguey, has one of the most important historical centers of the country, now a World Heritage Site. Since 2008 its oldest sector, called the Old City, was declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity. With 500 years, it was one of the primary villas founded by Spanish settlers in America, with the name of Santa Maria del Puerto del Príncipe.

Today a rich collection of buildings and religious buildings of extraordinary value in its historical center, harmoniously blend with various styles from the colonial to the modern, through the eclectic, art nouveau and art deco.

Its religious repertoire of splendidly large temples at points equidistant from the Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas, nowadays Agramonte Park, and its prolific legends, form its attractive charisma, granting him, among other names, that of Legendary Camaguey.

Red clay roofs and courtyards, an extensive and proliferating range of panzuda tinajas, which make it also called Tinajones City, characterize the town, bastion of potters, before and now, bent on molding the clay in capricious and varied forms.

Culture

Cradle of figures like the poetess and novelist Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, relevant personality of the Hispanic romanticism, of the painter Fidelio Ponce de Leon, the artist of the plastic Flora Fong, and of the National Poet Nicolás Guillén. It also has the second Cuban ballet company (the Ballet of Camaguey).

More information : http://www.pprincipe.cult.cu/