To ward off attacks, Camaguëy
adopted a labyrinthine layout. That way, any pirates who ventured into town would get
lost and find themselves caught like mice in a trap. Today, there is nothing more
pleasant than losing oneself in this town, which is best explored on foot. In many ways,
Camaguëy is still like a small European town from the 18th century, with winding,
pebbled streets and squares reminiscent of Italian or Spanish villages. Large terracotta
urns known as tinajones are the true symbol of
Start off your tour of Camaguëy at the
central square, Plaza de los Trabajadores, where you'll find the Casa Ignacio Agramonte,
home of the celebrated hero of the first Cuban war of independence. On the opposite side
of the square stands the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes. Built in 1748, it is
the largest church in Camaguëy and houses some truly precious pieces of sacred art.
While you're at the church, make sure to visit Las Catacumbas. A bit further you'll
discover the Plaza San Juan de Dios. In terms of its architecture, this is the most
harmonious square in Camaguëy, and the church of the same name occupies one whole side
of the square.
Camaguëy's Casa de la Trova is
particularly charming. This institution of traditional Cuban music lies hidden behind
the big wooden door of a colonial house with numerous arches. Situated on Calle
Cisneros, it faces onto the Parque Ignacio Agramonte.
Where on earth
The city of Camaguëy is situated inland, right in the
heart of the island.