Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Matanzas

Taller-Galería Lolo

Imagine. You're tramping through Matanzas' tatty streets wondering whether the 'Athens of Cuba' moniker is just a local joke when you stumble upon this busy artist's collective down by the river, guarded by epic sur…
Top Choice Church in Matanzas

Iglesia de Monserrate

For a mappable view of mildewed Matanzas on one side and the broccoli green Valle de Yumurí on the other, climb 1.5km northeast of the center up Calle 306 to this renovated church dating from 1875. The lofty bastion…
Theater in Matanzas

Teatro Sauto

The defining symbol of the city according to Mexican painter (and admirer) Diego Rivera, the Teatro Sauto (1863) on Plaza de la Vigía's south side is one of Cuba's finest theaters and famous for its superb acoustics…
Fort in Matanzas

Castillo de San Severino

Northeast of Versalles lies this formidable bastion, built by the Spanish in 1735 as part of Cuba's defensive ring. It was tested early on by the British; during their 1762 invasion, they mercilessly bombarded it. R…
Church in Matanzas

Catedral de San Carlos Borromeo

Standing back from the disorganized melee of Calle 83 behind shady Plaza de la Iglesia is Matanzas' main church, a neoclassical structure with two unequal towers founded in 1693 (although the existing building dates…
Bridge in Matanzas

Puente Calixto García

If you've only got time to see one bridge (there are 21 in total) in Cuba's celebrated 'city of bridges,' gravitate toward this impressive steel structure built in 1899, spanning the Río San Juan with its kayaks flo…
Museum in Matanzas

Museo Farmaceútico

Museo Farmaceútico, on the park's south side, is one of Matanzas' showcase sights. Founded in 1882 by the Triolett family, the antique pharmacy was the first of its type in Latin America and still looks much as it d…
Museum in Matanzas

Museo Histórico Provincial

Also known as Palacio del Junco (1840), this double-arched edifice on the Plaza de la Vigía showcases the full sweep of Matanzas' history from pirate incursions to the cruel reign of slavery. There's a huge statue o…
Square in Matanzas

Plaza de la Vigia

The original Plaza de Armas still remains as Plaza de la Vigía (literally 'lookout place'), a reference to the threat from piracy and smuggling that Matanzas' first settlers faced. This diminutive square was where M…
Square in Matanzas

Parque Libertad

A few blocks directly west of Plaza de la Vigía is Parque Libertad with several of Matanzas' most stimulating sights, including a 'liberty' statue depicting an open-armed woman, her wrists bearing broken chains, and…