Matanzas an European Cuban city
Standing at the Catalonians' Hermitage (Ermita de los Catalanes) one can see the entire city of Matanzas set beside a calm turquoise bay on undulating hills crossed by three rivers and wrapped in a bluish fog, especially at dawn. It is said that Matanzas is the least Cuban city of the island, and certainly its architecture is different.
Pale, neoclassic style houses line the banks of rivers crossed by so many bridges that Matanzas is called the Venice of Cuba and, in fact. those with Imagination say you can almost feel Venetian air wafting off those bridges.
Matanzas, in the province of the same name, is also called the Cuban Athens. The cultural life is intense and varied. It is a city of poets, painters and musicians 100 kilometres east of Havana. Here Cuban writer Jose Maria Heredia, the first romantic poet of the Spanish language, spent his youth . Other Important writers such as Jose Jacinto Milanes, Bonifacio Byrne, Agustin Acosta and the passionate poetees Carilda Oliver Labra were also born in Matanzas.