It has become a symbol of the birth of the Villa of San Cristóbal de la Habana. It is said that in this place, located in the present day Plaza de Armas, on November 16th of 1519, the colonists and neighbours met to celebrate the first mass, and at the same time, the first meeting of the Chapter House, with the aim of definitely establishing a city blessed with the salt and water of the bay, under the protection of the noble shadow of a Ceiba tree.
This Ceiba tree is the basis of an undying tradition, on each anniversary of the Villa’s founding, people walk around the tree and make a wish. It was exactly in 1828 that the Templete was built, according to a project of Cuban architect Antonio María de la Torre. The spot is a necessary visiting place, especially for those that like to immerse themselves in the roots of the city and its history.
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Old Havana or Habana Vieja is the Old quarter of Havana, founded by the Spanish in 1519 and constructed around the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. A major mooring point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons that crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean between the New World and the Old World. In the 17th century it was one of the main shipbuilding centers of the new world hosting a massive shipyard to both build new and repair old vessels from [...]
La Casa de Zule is located in the Miramar district of Havana, considered by many as the ideal place to stay in Havana, with its up-market ambience, broad tree shaded 5th avenue, parks and beautiful villas and impressive mansions. Just a 15 minute drive into Vedado, Centro Habana and Old Havana; it's an exceptional location due to its tranquility and abundance of high class Casa Particulares and private Paladar Restaurants. Right from your base at La Casa de Zule you'll [...]
At just under an hour from Pinar del Rio’s numerous hotels and Vinales, Maria La Gorda El Colony is a premier dive center located on the Guanahacabibes peninsula of Pinar del Rio. Easily a day trip but better to do an overnight stay at the Hotel Maria la Gorda, visitors can either dive or snorkel at one of over 50 diving sites that have been recognized by Scuba Diving Magazine as some of the best on the planet. The El [...]
Vinales Valley is an official national park and by far the most visited location in Pinar del Rio offering an outstanding karst landscape in which farmers still use traditional methods of agriculture and tobacco farming. The Vinales region also maintains a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture, art crafts and Cuban country music. The numerous caves, one of which is called the Cueva del Indio ir Indian Cave are scattered on the slopes of the hills that envelope the Vinales [...]
Address: Peninsula de Guanahacabibes, Maria la Gorda, Pinar del Rio, Cuba Hotel Maria la Gorda is around a 4 hour drive from Havana or about 2 hours from Pinar del Rio and is easily reached in your Cuban Rent A Car or excursion packages sold at any hotel in Pinar del Rio shown on this website. You can buy an excursion to Maria La Gorda which includes an overnight stay (or more nights) at literally any hotel reception in Pinar del [...]