Away from the city noise, produced by the sound of cars and the hubbub of passers-by, remains the tourist center La Dionisia, a paradise in which history and nature converge.

Located on the outskirts of the city of Matanzas, about 100 kilometers east of Havana, the old coffee mill founded in 1820 stands out for its colorful flora and fauna, characteristic of Cuba’s fields.

Francisco Rubier Duran, a French emigrant who owned the property, had nine children with Dionisia Girauld Le Rua, a lady who died in 1834 and whose name the estate adopted.

The site houses an interesting history about the colonial stage in the island, especially the slavery process in the nineteenth century and all the myths, rituals and beliefs that came to the estate from Africa, together with the blacks originating from the continent nicknamed “Cradle of Humanity “.

Horcones of precious woods, period soles and volcanic stones brought from Canary Islands, distinguish the house of the family, a well still supplies water to plants and animals, while imposing still shines the ceiba, tree recognized by the African religion as a deity

In addition to these attractions in La Dionisia you can enjoy typical Cuban food, Moro rice, pork and ¨yuca con mojo¨ (cassava), as well as multiple varieties of salad enlivens the classic dish of the restaurant.

A visit to the center would give you the chance to enjoy the bulls and cavalcades, gastronomic offerings of all kinds, and the most pleasant company of the current residents of the place, especially Nemesio Guillén Suárez, an 88 year old guajiro (peasant) who grew up listening to stories from the mouths of some descendants of slaves.

The bell which at the time indicated the beginning and end of the working day, the coffee warehouses and the quarters for the forced mating of the slaves stand to illustrate the reality of an era marked by the exploitation of the human race.

Under the Caribbean sun, with hats, all witnesses of an unparalleled history, spiritual lovers flock to La Dionisia to dance to the beat of a drum, to surround three times the symbolic ceiba tree and ask for the most desired desire expecting to make their dream come true in a paradise of history and nature.

by: John Vila Acosta