As a perfectly preserved colonial centre with a local edge, Trinidad Cuba is full of colourful sights and unknown corners. Here are our favourite things to do in Trinidad.


Trinidad Cuba looks – at first glance – like just another tourist drawcard. Thousands flock to the cobbled laneways to enjoy colourful architecture built on the fortunes of the local sugar industry, and snap photos of weathered donkeys and melodic troubadours.

But, scratch just below the surface and a surprisingly local Cuba exists beside the vibrant tourist squares.

In the afternoon, stroll along the backstreets and find ancient Cuban faces engaged in high-stakes dominoes. Strike up a disjointed conversation with a family sitting on a stoop while their kids polish freshly re-conditioned engines – their handiwork lined up ready for sale.

In the evenings, local bars beat to the sound of Trinidad’s excellent live music scene, where the food is as good as the tunes.

When every lane and square has been collected, head out of town to enjoy Trinidad’s excellent location. Take a day trip to the nearby Escambray Mountains for a hike to an idyllic waterfall, or simply laze on the white sands of Playa Ancón.

Here are our favourite things to do in Trinidad Cuba.


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Top attractions in Trinidad


Strolling around the colourful streets and soaking up the vibe is what visiting the colonial gem of Trinidad is all about. But there are some great attractions too. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Trinidad, Cuba.

1 / VISIT THE GRANDIOSE MUSEO DE HISTORIA MUNICIPAL

While it could do with a good dust, the Museo de Historia Municipal is housed in a grandiose old mansion that’s well worth a stroll around. The inner courtyard and surrounding rooms whisper to a colonial past, furnished with today’s communist budgets. But the real reason to visit the museum is to ascent the dodgy wooden stairs to the bell tower for the best views of Trinidad. Arrive close to closing time for late afternoon sun.

2 / FIND REAL CUBA ON THE BACKSTREETS

Trinidad is a popular tourist destination for a good reason. The colourful buildings and rustic cobbled streets are full of atmosphere and history. But, it’s well worth escaping the main tourist squares and delving into the backstreets. Here, chatting locals can be found playing dominos on the street, Soviet cars being cared for and kids causing mischief. The best streets to explore are Calle Amargura up to Plaza de Las Cruces for a vignette of local life unfolding in Cuba’s Trinidad.

3 / EXPLORE CRUMBLING BEAUTY AT PLAZA DE SANTA ANA

The church ruins in the Plaza de Santa Ana are a ghost of Cuba’s Spanish past. The crumbling walls of the church in the middle of the small square catch the late afternoon light beautifully. With a strip of very local (and loud) restaurants nearby, locals congregate around what appears to be the last square in Trinidad free from tourists. Take your camera and a tripod and enjoy an under-visited part of town.

4 / NAVIGATE TOWARDS PLAZA MAYOR

While all visitors to Trinidad Cuba naturally navigate towards Plaza Mayor, it’s worth taking your time inspecting the grand buildings that were constructed off the wealth generated from the slave trade. Stroll past La Casa de los Conspiradores, the former meeting place of the Cuban nationalists and the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco which houses a museum to counter-revolutionaries who fled to the nearby Escambary Mountains after a run-in with Fidel Castro’s government.

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Where to grab a drink


Quirky drinking spaces are very on-trend in Trinidad. From the downright cool to traditional old-school, here are some of our favourite drinking spots in Trinidad that provide fuel from lazy mornings through to boozy evenings.

5 / TRY THE MULTITUDE OF BOOZY COFFEES AT CAFÉ DON PEPE

There’s a relaxed charm in the leafy courtyard of Café Don Pepe that’s not very common in Cuba, making it a great place to escape the heat of Trinidad. Select from over 40 different coffee drinks – both with and without alcohol – covering a range of combinations only entrepreneurial Cuban’s could come up with. Wake up with their simple breakfast of bread and honey, go to bed on their Kahula Dreams.

6 / ABANDON ALL PRETENSE CASA DE LA TROVA

Casa de lay Trova has that minimalist Cuban charm we grew to love over our time in the country. Abandoning all pretense, it’s the perfect place to watch life unfold on a busy market square while sipping on a cold beer. The only thing they had on the menu during our visit was a ham and cheese sandwich. But, humming along to earthy live music, it was the perfect accompaniment.

7 / TAKE A QUIRKY COCKTAIL AT CAFE FORTUNA

Café Fortuna’s off-the-scale quirkiness has tour groups lining up at the door, crestfallen that the diminutive bar is too small to fit them in. Mercifully, this means you can sit in a bathtub decorated with fairy lights, kick your feet up on an old-style TV, and count the foreign currency pinned to every inch of wall and ceiling space. Best for a quick pre-dinner drink.

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Where to eat


While the private restaurant scene in Cuba is new, Trinidad takes the cake with some of the best food in the country. It’s not all Ropa Vieja in Trinidad with local chefs pushing the boundaries of traditional Cuban cuisine. Here are some of our favourites.

8 / ENJOY HEARTY CUBAN FOOD AT LA BOTIJA

Get to La Botija early to beat the queues and soak up the rustic vibe, excellent live music and good hearty Cuban food. For those who like their food delivered with dramatic flair in a cool environment, this is one of the best things to do in Trinidad. Towering kebabs and huge sharing plates feel like authentic Cuban food that’s a far cry from the bland government restaurants.

9 / SWING WHILE YOU PIZZA AT CASA GIROUD

By day, Casa Giroud is a relaxed family-friendly pizza joint with a small selection of very good tapas dishes. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a tasty break from Cuban food. By night, it transforms into a lively bar with live music and a queue snaking around the corner. Get here early to order a few beers and munch on pizza while you listen to the latest Indie duo from the Cuban music scene.

10 / DINE UP-MARKET AT VISTA GOURMET

This is the up-market alternative in Trinidad with great views from their roof terrace – perfect for a clear starry evening. It’s possibly the best food we had in Cuba, but be prepared for slightly patchy, confusing service. In very un-Trinidad fashion the live music was a bit painful. But it’s all worth enduring for the views and the fine cuisine pumping out of the downstairs kitchen.

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Day trips from Trinidad


Trinidad is nicely located between the sea and the mountains with a number of great options for day trips from the colourful base. When you’ve savoured the colonial delights of Trinidad to your satisfaction, head out of town for beautiful natural parks and golden sandy beaches.

11 / COOL OFF UNDER A WATERFALL AT TOPES DE COLLANTES

Topes de Collantes is a nature reserve between Cienfuegos and Trinidad and an ideal spot to connect with the Cuban outdoors. Cool off in stunning waterfalls lined with ferns and hike through beautiful banana plantations. There are a number of different areas to explore from Trinidad and a couple of different ways to do it. All the information is in our dedicated Topes de Collantes article.

12 / UNCOVER THE SUGAR BOOM AT VALLE DE LOS INGENIOS

Unearth Trinidad’s sugar boom from the 18th century with a stroll around the ruins at Valle de Los Ingenios. Grab a local guide at the entrance for an informative look through Cuba’s turbulent sugar industry. It’s a great day out from Trinidad which can easily be organised with a local taxi. The views from the top of the Manaca Iznaga Tower stretch all the way back to Trinidad.

13 / HIT THE BEACH AT PLAYA ANCÓN

Just 12 kilometres from Trinidad, Playa Ancón is a great beach with a long stretch of soft white sand, perfect for an afternoon downing piña colada in the sun. The setting is beautiful. Umbrellas and chairs can be hired from the beach to allow for maximum relaxation. Lunch at Ranchón Ancón with our feet in the sand was surprisingly good. Their red snapper and salad was cheap, fresh and very tasty.

WHERE TO STAY IN TRINIDAD

Trinidad is a popular tourist destination with plenty of accommodation options. Generally in Cuba, it’s best to stay in a local casa particular where you’ll enjoy the home-styled service of a local host. As Cuba has embraced the private sector and hosts become more and more entrepreneurial, the quality of accommodation has increased.

Here are some of our recommendations for where to stay in Trinidad, Cuba.

BUDGET CHARMER 

HOSTAL CASA MIA


With good sized rooms, high-quality food and friendly service, Casa Mia is a great budget option in Trinidad. It’s a 12 minute walk to the centre of town and has a shared lounge and private garden.

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MID-RANGE

CASA DE LA TRINIDAD


Casa de la Trinidad is a stylish B&B with modern amenities and colonial charm. The friendly host offers an excellent breakfast in a lovely courtyard and it’s only a couple of minutes’ walk to the centre of town.

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How to get to Trinidad

Trinidad is 315 kilometres from Havana in the central southern coast of Cuba. The popular Viazul bus runs regular services from Havana which takes 8 hours and costs $25 per person. Alternatively, you can hire a colectivo which will take around 4 hours and cost up to $160.

For information on how to travel around the country, see our article on getting around Cuba.

If you are interested in how we collected Trinidad on our visit to Cuba, read all the details in our 2-week Cuba Itinerary.

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Things to do in Trinidad, Cuba

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