Sagua la Grande A New Cuban Tourist Destination
Text & Photos: Tino Manuel and Norlys
Recently launched as Cuba’s new tourist destination, Sagua la Grande was one of the focuses of this year’s FITCuba International Tourism Fair held in the northern keys of the Villa Clara province in the country’s central region.
This territory’s destinations include the city of Sagua, the port of Isabela de Sagua and an unspoilt islet named Cayo Esquivel, so it stands out not only for its cultural and patrimonial attractions, but also for nautical activities and nature excursions.
Sagua la Grande was founded on December 8, 1812 and the Isabela de Sagua port in 1843.
The city features emblematic national cultural sites and is renowned for being home to notable personalities from the worlds of visual arts, medicine, politics and literature, including Wifredo Lam and Rodrigo Prats.
Many buildings included in the protection program. The city is divided by the Sagua river into two sides that are linked by only one road bridge, the El Triunfo bridge built in 1905.
The city has buildings noted for their exceptional features, such as the Arenas Palace, one of the seven wonders of Villa Clara province’s architecture – recently renovated and converted into a hotel run buy the Encanto (E) chain. Cayo Esquivel is another attraction on Sagua’s list. Visitors can get there by yacht or catamaran – an experience enjoyed greatly by those who have visited the area.