Camagüey, one of the 7 original Spanish settlements in Cuba, was founded
in 1514 by Diego Velázquez as Santa María Puerto del Principe. In 1903,
the city changed its name to Camagüey.
It seems Camagüey was a pirate magnet – it was so besieged by
buccaneers, the city moved twice in the 1500s from its original
locations (near Nuevitas on the north coast and along the Caonao River),
until finding permanent home at its current site. Still, navigating the
oldest parts of Camagüey can be a challenge – the city’s layout was
designed to torment and discourage pirates like Henry Morgan who invaded
the city periodically. Getting lost in the winding streets here is like
a traveler’s rite of passage and a great way to get in touch with Cuban
The symbol of Camagüey is the clay pot or "tinajón", used to collect
rainwater and keep it fresh. You’ll see tinajónes everywhere, some of
which are still in use.
Camagüey is also known for its twelve churches housing valuable art
collections and religious artifacts from the colonial period. There are
some lovely museums worth checking out too, including the Museo
Provincial Ignacio Agramonte.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, large parts of Camagüey are currently
being restored – only Havana Vieja rivals this city for colonial
renovation. There are also plenty of new restaurants and bars around
If you feel like soaking up some sun, the excellent beaches of Santa Lucía del Norte are about a 90 minute drive away.
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