Top things to do in The Central North

in Puerto Cabello

Castillo Libertador

North of the old town, and separated from it by the entrance channel to the harbor, is colonial Fortín San Felipe, later renamed Castillo Libertador. It’s a fine-looking fort, though in a state of disrepair. It was …
in Valencia

Bambu

Located by the Plaza las Esculturas in El Viñedo is this sleek and contemporary restaurant-bar-disco. Kick back on beanbag chairs on the terraced wood decks in front, sipping mojitos that go down like Shirley Temple…
Architectural in Valencia

Casa de la Estrella

The sovereign state of Venezuela was born in this historic house on May 6, 1830, when Congress convened here and decreed secession from Gran Colombia. Erected as a hospital around 1710 (thus being the city’s oldest …
in Campo Carabobo

Campo Carabobo

For a taste of unadulterated Venezuelan patriotism, visit the Carabobo Battlefield, 32km southwest of Valencia. This is the site of the great battle fought on June 24, 1821, in which Bolívar’s troops decisively defe…
Museum in Valencia

Casa Páez

This beautifully preserved historic mansion is the former home of Venezuela’s first president, General José Antonio Páez. He distinguished himself by forging a formidable army of llaneros (plainsmen) who fought unde…
in Valencia

Ateneo de Valencia

Every two years in October, the prestigious Salón Arturo Michelena opens in the Ateneo de Valencia and goes on for five months until March. This is Venezuela’s oldest visual arts show, held every year since 1943. It…
in Puerto Cabello

Museo de Historia

Built in 1790 as a residence, this decaying building has graceful facades over both the historic streets Calle de los Lanceros and Calle Bolívar; they’re both next to each other and off the plaza. There isn’t much i…
Seafood in Valencia

Casa Valencia

Oozing classic Venezuelan ambience – aqua chairs, lime tablecloths, a bamboo roof and a honker of a central grill flanked by dangling lanterns – this elegant restaurant in old-hacienda style is worth a splash-out me…
in Valencia

Kaffas Coffee Shop

The name doesn’t do this trendy cafe justice. There are 40 types of coffee, but this beautiful patio fills up with pretty people for good wine and an extensive menu of gourmet fusion (try the rich risotto succhini, …
in Puerto Cabello

Teatro Municipal

The colorful Teatro Municipal dates from 1880 and is a replica of one in Havana, Cuba. It’s a beautiful theater with 617 seats, two balconies and a huge 640kg chandelier. Ballerina Ana Pavlova, tango songbird Carlos…