CIEGO DE AVILA PROVINCE
Ciego de Avila is one of the most attractive provinces of Cuba
for two main reasons: the beauty of its natural scenery, distinguished by an excellent state of preservation; and the presence of one of the biggest tourist centers in the country, essentially made up of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. (Coco and Guillermo Keys)
Each year, thousands of visitors opt for the charms of its northern coast, characterized by the paradisiacal beaches of high sand dunes and the numerous communities of species of birds found their habitat in place. Overall, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo
belong to the archipelago of Jardines del Rey (King´s Gardens)
, which holds one of the most diverse and complex eco-systems in the country, while representing an important reserve of Cuban fauna and flora.The relief of the province is mostly flat
, this being another of its defining characteristics. For this reason, especially protruding elevations Heights Turiguanó and Loma de Cunagua,
two important protected areas. The soils are fertile plains and natural conditions are ideal for growing sugarcane and pineapple
. The latter has characterized the province since the beginning of the twentieth century; hence many have given him the nickname "Pineapple province."
Ciego de Avila also has the largest natural lake in the country,
the Laguna de la Leche
, home to major regattas and sailing events, where every year is celebrated entertaining Aquatic Carnival of Morón. Currently, Ciego de Avila is the main destination for fishing
, which is practiced both in the Laguna de la Leche and in the northern Keys.
Diving is another privileged activity in the wide tourist offer of the province, due to the unique beauty of its seabed.
Ciego de Avila City
The city of Ciego de Avila is an essentially modern city
, although in its historic center, visitors can still enjoy the architectural values of neoclassicism of European influence, evident in the characteristic straight portals and colonnades uniforms.
Ciego de Avila was founded in 1840
and grew primarily as a village of military functions
at the expense of defense monumental project of La Trocha
. Over the next decades, especially in the late nineteenth century, became an important center of growing sugar cane and pineapple, the latter define the region facing the twentieth century in Cuba. His regular pattern, as a grid, positioned as a center Martí Park, which was built in 1877. The Martí Park is a favorite for locals and visitors walks, because of its pleasant atmosphere and slower pace to avileño.
The historic center of the city also includes the Provincial Museum Simón Reyes
, in his incomparable property, boasts an acceptable collection of religions of African origin in Cuba, and a scale model of the famous Trocha from Júcaro to Moron. For its part, the iconic Principal Theater, completed in 1927, represents the greatest testimony of the efforts made by the local patron and benefactor Angela Hernandez.
Other sites of interest are:
- The Museum of Decorative Arts
- The Tobacco Factory
- The City Park
- The discreet Boulevard.
The city also has a relatively varied nightlife. If anything surprised Ciego de Avila is its authentic city: the traditional Cuban music playing in parks spontaneously, their friendly and quiet people, the feeling of a style of provincial life, stillness.
MoronMoron city, is the second most important city of Ciego de Avila
In Morón, despite subsequent territorial expansion, you can still perceive some of the charm of small villages founded during colonial times. This is demonstrated by its modest historical center, its main square, the parish church and a not inconsiderable number of buildings of architectural interest.
The town of Moron was officially founded in 1643
, centuries before the city of Ciego de Avila. Today it is a quiet and clean city, hospitable people, whose attractive not only lie in its urban center, but also in its surroundings. Moron is known throughout Cuba as the "Moron Rooster"
in a symbolic assimilation of profound historical significance. The iconic statue Rooster, the famous Cuban sculptor Rita Longa, represents the city to the world, and is one of the most photographed spots across the province.
Around the city is the colossal Laguna de la Leche
, nature reserve largest freshwater Cuba and ideal for fishing and bird watching site. In addition, in the region there are excellent restaurants, distinguished for its wide variety of seafood specialties, such as La Atarraya and Fish Fry.
The Laguna de la Leche is the main stage for sailing competitions in Cuba, and each year serves as headquarters Aquatic Carnival of Morón, a modest celebration in which different boats decorated like floats representing local myths and motives involved.
Moreover, the region has its history in the remains of the Trocha Júcaro to Moron
, an ambitious and unique defense system designed by the Spanish government during the Liberation War
, which aimed to halt the advance of the war to the west of country. The Trocha from Júcaro to Moron, completed in 1872
, extended the full width of Cuba, and included a parallel railway and 17 military towers, some of which remain today work as historical sites. So Moron represents history and tradition.
The truth is that Cayo Coco
, with an area of 370 km2
, is the fourth largest plot of land of Cuba, and also one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean. This unbeatable time of the Cuban geography has had illustrious admirers ranging from Jacques de Sores, the French privateer, or Diego Velázquez, to the Nobel Prize for Literature Ernest Hemingway
, who enjoyed their sites for fishing. It is the second largest tourist destination country beach, just behind the always impressive Varadero.
Cayo Coco is connected to the province of Ciego de Avila by a causeway road or stoneroad - sort stacked from the seabed to resemble a dique, which stretches for 27 km
stones. Located in the sprawling Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, also known by the name of Jardines del Rey (King´s gardens)
, the key is part of an impressive ecosystem, declared a wildlife reserve and the Cuban flora.
For this reason, the government has developed an integrated ecological tourism in the area.
This makes it possible on the northern coast all the tourist infrastructure is concentrated, while the south remains in its pristine state, as a nature reserve. In this regard highlights the Natural Park El Bagá
, an excellent site for bird watching, for its 130 species reported. The coastal landscape is simply idyllic.
The beaches of Cayo Coco are famous for their fine sand dunes, shades of blue in the distance and abundant coconut trees, especially Flamenco Beach and Las Coloradas,
categorized among the most beautiful in Cuba.
In addition, the underwater landscape of Cayo Coco
, for its diversity of species and coral formations, are similar to Punta Frances and the Guanahacabibes Peninsula.
Coco Diving and Blue Diving Centers coordinate activities in more than twenty sites along the giant barrier reef 10 km. Notable place is La Jaula, the deepest in the area 30 m, and Los Tiburones, just 16 m, but with the additional attraction of being an area frequented by several species of reef sharks.
Moreover, from the comfortable hotel facilities in Cayo Coco
walks along the coast, visits to the colony of flamingos and tours to small keys in the area, frequented by Ernst Hemingway
in his fishing trips also are coordinated. Cayo Coco is one of those locations that never disappoints its visitors.
Cayo GuillermoWhite and bright sun beaches
, warm waters
, the sublime moment we are witnessing a kind unique natural spectacle, everything that contains the concept of fullness, seems to make sense in Cayo Guillermo.
Only 13 km2
, it is a little paradise compared to Cayo Coco, its huge neighbor to the east, which is joined by a causeway. Although tourist facilities are more abundant at that, Cayo Guillermo has the first hotel in the northern keys of Ciego de Avila.
Villa Cojimar opened to visitors in 1993
, which means that Cayo Guillermo represented the origin of one of the largest and most successful projects for tourism in Cuba.
Among the main activities for tourism in the area are fishing and diving, which are taxed to the main functions of the Marlin Marina Cayo Guillermo
and Scuba Diving Center Green Moray. The modest, yet seductive, Marlin Marina Cayo Guillermo coordinates trips offshore fishing and excursions around the hundreds of small nearby islands. Perhaps, Cayo Guillermo represents, today, the main destination for recreational fishing in the country.
The highest quality hotel facilities in Cayo Guillermo you can see any hotel places
Cayo Guillermo, exotic and exciting destination, is the right place for the fullest personal satisfaction.