Camaguey is the first province in eastern Cuba. It is also known as the City of the “Tinajones” as, in times of drought, since the Spanish colonization, these huge containers in the shape of a globe and made of baked clay are used to store rainwater for long periods. Today these vessels can be seen everywhere in the city, adorning its streets, patios and outdoor terraces.
Camaguey’s historic centre was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and it distinguishes for the great number of squares, parks and churches. Among the sites of touristic interest are the Plaza San Juan de Dios; the Plaza del Carmen, with its sculptures of “Las chismosas”; the Candelaria church, which has a viewpoint that offers a fantastic view of the city; the church of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, probably the most important in the city; and the Plaza and the church of La Merced. Here, under the altar, ancient catacombs are preserved. Enjoying a performance by Camagüey Ballet, the second company of Cuba, in the magnificent centenary building that is the Municipal Theater, can be a truly enriching experience.
In the Santa Lucia beach, considered one of the best beaches in Cuba, it is possible to appreciate the fine white sands and blue transparent waters, and enjoy the peace of the environment.
Camagüey has the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport, which serves flights to this province itself and the tourist centre of Santa Lucía.