The things to do in Trinidad are an unforgettable journey back in time. Monuments, museums and stately homes from the colonial period invite visitors to explore a different age, when art and culture had reflections on the streets and everyday objects. The Brunet Palace, the beautiful Plaza Mayor, the Padrón House… Trinidad is like a full-size open-air museum of Caribbean life.
What to do and what to see in Trinidad
- Plaza Mayor: The beating heart of Trinidad, the main square is the starting point of a maze of narrow colonial alleyways that make the town unique in the world, and one of the most beautiful sites in the Americas. The stately homes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are magnificent.
- Padrón House: Located in Plaza Mayor, this early-eighteenth-century building is a real architectural gem. Today it houses the Guamuhaya Museum of Archaeology, showing pieces from Pre-Columbian cultures.
- Romantic Museum: Housed at the Brunet Palace, the Romantic Museum features 14 rooms. It is one of the venues where you can get really close to the Cuban essence. The building itself is a colonial residence of the 1830s, while the collection covers Romantic fine and decorative arts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- Church of Santísima Trinidad: With an imposing Neoclassical façade, this church in the higher part of Plaza Mayor is considered to be one of the largest churches in Cuba. According to legend, the sculpture of Christ of Veracruz kept inside was being carried from Spain to Mexico when a storm forced the ship carrying it to stop in Trinidad. The sculpture was left here.
- Museum of Colonial Architecture: This museum is a must if you want to understand the architectural richness of this colonial village. Housed in the residence of one of the most prominent and affluent families in town, it presents the information in a clear and simple way in seven rooms arranged in chronological order.
- Cantero Palace: This colonial building from around 1800 is a fine example of residential architecture in colonial times in Cuba. First belonging to the Borrel family, it was then acquired by a German citizen who lent his name to it. The palace, featuring a beautiful tower, now houses the Town History Museum, with an interesting collection of documents and artefacts.