Santa Lucía Beach
With its 21-kilometre strip of dazzling white sand overlooking the northern coral reef, is well known for the quality and variety of its dive sites, with romantic names such as Valentina and Poseidon. Hotels and resorts dot the island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway..
Dating back to 1514, Camaguey has been wiped out several times by battles and pirates (led by Henry Morgan). When it was rebuilt, its streets became a labyrinth, as if to confuse any future invaders. Today, these winding streets lined with rainbow-coloured houses are a delightful treat.
Parque Ignacio Agramonte
At the centre of this colonial “town square” stands the statue of hero Ignacio Agramonte on horseback. It was sculpted in 1912 by Buemi.
La Merced Church
Restoration has begun in this magnificent 18th-century church with its decorated ceiling and statue of Jesus. In the church, art work commemorates the death of a villager in a duel.
San Juan de Dios Square
A restored national monument dating back to the 18th century, is surrounded by a convent, a hospital and a church, which houses a rare statue of the Holy Trinity and Holy Ghost.
A splendid building dating back to 1850 is now the home of the Camagüey Classic Ballet Company.
Is the city’s lush “green centre”, with its gardens and monuments, one of which is devoted to Spanish pilots Barberán and Collar. In 1934, they made the historic first flight between Seville and Havana. Nearby is Revolution Square, named after Major General Iganacio Agramonte y Loynaz.