Sancti Spiritus Highlights
Sancti Spíritus was one of the original seven Cuban cities founded by the Spanish in 1514, and its colonial origins are evident in the buildings and layout. In any other country, this attractive colonial city would be a real highlight, however being so close to iconic Trinidad, visitors barely give it a glance. However, here lies the attraction, Sancti Spíritus is Trinidad without the crowds and you can explore, dine, listen to boleros on the plaza and absorb the history and friendliness of the city with only a few other visitors.
There are a few interesting and iconic features of Sancti Spiritus, it’s the birthplace of the dapper ‘guayabera’, Latin America’s favourite men's shirt, also a major grower of the ‘guayaba’ (guava) fruit and lastly, one of very few settlements in Cuba which has a river running through and crossed in the centre by a quaint humpbacked bridge, reminiscent of the Yorkshire Dales.
Easily reached from Trinidad along a picturesque and undulating road that passes the old sugar mills at Sugar Mill Valley and the foothills of the Escambray mountains, Sancti Spiritus is worthy of a one-night stay and there are a number of pleasant and comfortable boutique hotels here.