If you visit Cuba, you should take a road trip through the countryside, that too in a Vintage car. We visited two quaint little towns – Cienfuegos and Trinidad – during our trip.

Road Trippin in Oldsmobile 88 from 1950s

Cienfuegos

After a long drive through highway, we reached the small town of Cienfuegos. Located in the southern coast of Cuba, Cienfuegos is an old settlement originally started by French Immigrants in 19th century. It still retains its French classical charm and is listed as one of UNSECO World Heritage sites.

Cathedral

 

Classy restaurant
Arch of Triumph – Liberation from Span in 1902
Central park again dedicated to Jose Marti
Classical setting
Fleet of Old Cars
Old is Gold!
Windy and Overcast Bay

On the Road

We left Cienfuegos and continued on through winding scenic country roads to our next destination. Here are some pictures from the journey.

A sugarcane plantation – Once Cuba was No.1 producer of Sugar
Cuban countryside
Hitting coastline often
Old cars do need a lot of attention!
A clubhouse
Identical colourful row houses
Tourists and Locals ply in the Old Taxis

 

Trinidad

Finally we reached our next destination – Trinidad – the oldest town in Cuba, dating back to 1500s. This is another UNESCO World Hertiage site, because of the beautifully maintained Spanish Colonial architecture.

Entrance to the town

The Historic area of the town is purely pedestrian, except for cars of few locals who reside inside. The moment you step inside you are greeted with pastel coloured colonial houses with wrought iron grills and cobblestone paths.

Historic area of the town
Colourful colonial houses and cobblestone streets
Town square – takes you back to the Spanish colonial era!
The Convent facing the square
View from the Watch Tower!
Bell Tower of the Town
View of Plaza de Armas or Main Square of the Town from the Tower

The historic area can be covered in foot in an hour or two. After the tour, our guides dropped us at our B&B – a beautiful colonial house facing the main square in the historic centre itself!

Our B&B – Classic Colonial house on the main square!
Inner Courtyard and rooms

A walk around the town after the guided tour is a must. This gives you enough time to observe the people and architecture and of course, take photos in peace!

Take time to walk through the alleys..
Bar and Massage Parlour ?
Name plates as souvenirs
Beautiful restaurant
Truly colourful neighbourhood!

Way back…

After spending the night in Trinidad, next day we returned in the morning to Havana. One thing we noticed on the highway were the propaganda hoardings. Here are few of them

Reads – The Revolution grows with dawn

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