Baracoa boasts of being the first town founded in Cuba by the Spanish colonizers in the 16th century, under the title of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Baracoa. This is why it contains a large part of the history and legends of this island.

The Primada City, as it is also called, has a wide vegetation complemented by beaches and crystalline rivers for those who prefer nature tourism. The Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, considered a World Heritage Site, is one of those sites that hosts an important part of the endemic flora and fauna.

A tour of the city of Baracoa will take you back to colonial times. The cobbled streets and fortresses that are still preserved as the Castle of La Punta, the fortress of Matachín or the fortress of Seboruco, demonstrate this.

The historic centre of the city, declared a National Monument, was witness to attacks by pirates and privateers in previous centuries and today shows travellers its mythical significance over time.

For accommodation, hotels and rental houses are at the service of guests who arrive at this point of the Cuban geography interested in discovering the charms of the Villa Primada and its people.

by:  Lys Alfonso Bergantiño
pictures: Yarelis González