Camagüey

Sights

Top ChoiceSquare in Camagüey

Plaza del Carmen

Plaza del Carmen

Around 600m west of the frenzy of República sits another sublimely beautiful square, one less visited than the central plazas. It's backed on the eastern side by the masterful Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del...

Top ChoiceGallery in Camagüey

Casa de Arte Jover

Camagüey is home to two of Cuba's most creative and prodigious contemporary painters, Joel Jover and his wife Ileana Sánchez. Their magnificent home in Plaza Agramonte functions as a gallery and piece of art in...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Camagüey

Museo Provincial Ignacio Agramonte

Named (like half of Camagüey) after the exalted local War of Independence hero, this cavernous museum, just north of the train station, is in a Spanish cavalry barracks dating from 1848. There's some impressive...

Top ChoiceGallery in Camagüey

Martha Jiménez Pérez

In Cuba's ceramics capital, the studio-gallery of Martha Jiménez Pérez shows the work of one of Cuba's greatest living artists. See everything from pots to paintings being produced here. The studio overlooks...

Museum in Camagüey

Museo Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte

The birthplace of independence hero Ignacio Agramonte (1841–73), the cattle rancher who led the Camagüey area's revolt against Spain. The house – an elegant colonial building in its own right – tells of the...

Gallery in Camagüey

Estudio-Galería Jover

The working studio of Joel Jover, a noted Cuban artist with exhibits in New York, Vienna and Italy. By comparison, his works here are a bargain (though still not pocket change). Multimedia works and paintings...

Square in Camagüey

Plaza San Juan de Dios

Looking more Mexican than Cuban (Mexico was capital of New Spain so the colonial architecture was often superior), Plaza San Juan de Dios is Camagüey's most picturesque and beautifully preserved corner. Its...

Square in Camagüey

Parque Ignacio Agramonte

Camagüey's most dazzling square in the heart of the city invites relaxation with rings of marble benches and an equestrian statue (c 1950) of Camagüey's precocious War of Independence hero, Agramonte. Stop by at...

Cemetery in Camagüey

Necropolis de Camagüey

This sea of elaborate, lop-sided, bleached-white Gothic tombs makes up Cuba's most underrated cemetery, secreting the resting place of Camagüey-born independence hero Ignacio Agramonte, among others. It might not...

Market in Camagüey

Mercado Agropecuario Hatibonico

If you visit just one market in Cuba, make it this muddy one. Beside the murky Río Hatibonico just off the Carretera Central, and characterized by its pregones (singsong, often comic, offering of wares) ringing...

Park in Camagüey

Casino Campestre

Cuba's largest urban park sits across the Río Hatibonico from the old town, and was laid out in 1860. There are shaded benches, a baseball stadium, concerts and activities. On a traffic island near the park...

Park in Camagüey

Lago de los Sueños

The so-called 'lake of dreams' is as an out-of-town escape from Camagüey's urban maze. It uses the same inventive (if slightly kitschy) methodology employed by a similar venture in Ciego de Ávila. The bizarre...

Museum in Camagüey

Museo de San Juan de Dios

Housed in a former hospital administered by Father José Olallo, the friar who became Cuba’s first saint, the museum chronicles Camagüey’s history and exhibits some local paintings. Its front cloister dates from...

Church in Camagüey

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced

Dating from 1748, this is arguably Camagüey’s most impressive colonial church. Its history is imbued with legend. Local myth tells of a miraculous figure that floated from the watery depths here in 1601, and it...

Museum in Camagüey

Casa de la Diversidad

Impossible to miss thanks to its eclectic facade (a mix of Moorish and neoclassical elements), this museum's best exhibit is the building itself. Four exhibition rooms dedicated to slavery, costumes, art and...

Church in Camagüey

Iglesia de San Lazaro

The Iglesia de San Lazaro is a beautiful (if diminutive) cream-coloured church dating from 1700. Just as interesting is the nearby cloistered hospital constructed a century later by virtuous Franciscan monk Padre...

Church in Camagüey

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

Any exploration of Camagüey's religious history should begin at its most important church, named for the city's patron saint. Rebuilt in the 19th century on the site of an earlier chapel dating from 1530, the...

Church in Camagüey

Iglesia de Nuestra Corazón de Sagrado Jesús

One of Cuba’s rare neo-Gothic churches beautifies Parque Martí, a few blocks east of Parque Ignacio Agramonte. The triple-spired Iglesia de Nuestra Corazón de Sagrado Jesús is technically from an architectural...

Church in Camagüey

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

Gleaming after a much-lauded 2007 renovation, this massive baroque structure dates from 1779. Its picturesque cream-and-terracotta tower actually predates the rest of the church. It's an eye-catching landmark on...

Church in Camagüey

Iglesia de la Caridad

On the southeastern edge of the city, this church was originally constructed as a chapel in the 18th century. It got a couple of 20th-century renovations (in 1930 and 1945) and has a fine silver altar (c 1730)...