Las Tunas | Province: Las Tunas
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Las Tunas province strectches over the imaginary triangle formed by the provinces of Camaguey, Holguin and Granma. Its capital is the homonimous city of Las Tunas, also known as Balcón del Oriente Cubano (the balcony of the Cuban eastern part) and Ciudad de las Esculturas (the city of sculptures). Vicente Garcia, an important personality of the Guerra de Los Diez Años (Ten Years War) and president of the Republic during the war, was born in the center of this city, the only one burned three times by the mambises during the independing wars.
That is the reason why nowadays we can only see the remnants of what was the Spanish´s Cavalry Quarter, and why the original colonial architecture has vanished to give way to the eclectic and art-deco styles it shows todays . Sculptures like La Fuente de Las Antillas ( The Antilles´Fountain) , one of the main pieces of work of the notorious artist Rita Longa, are a sample of the cultural expressions in that province , where continuous homage is devoted to the National Hero Jose Marti , to whom a particular square was built with a solar clock revealing the different periods of his life through shade and light cones.
There are different places here for you to spend a charming night, but the sixty- year-old theater named after the city is the proper cultural institution to end up your day. The Jornada Cucalambeana ( Cucalambe´s Week), the main festivity of Cuban countrymen, is the main cultural event it hosts. Puerto Padre is an urban enclave that welcomes you with the Fuerte de la Loma , the national monument that served the Spanish troops as quarter during the Guerra de los Diez Años (Ten Years War).
Covarrubias beach is located 40 kms from there and has a hotel line in first line of beach , characterized by wonderful morphological conditions: virgin vegetation and an average eight ms wide sand strip where tourists enjoy its thin cream colored grains and tropical sun. The tourist complex , 1,5 kms from the coast, makes easier the acces to a 6 kms long coral reef , formed by abundant black coral and several types of loofas. Other areas of this province are characterized by its abundant vegetation and birdlife, but Cabaniguan mount is the most priviledged of them. In that Protected Area is located the world biggest acutus or american crocodile breeding farm. However, not only saurians attract visitants, equally seductive are the songs of birds flying over the waters or the trees. Las Tunas has a lot of things to show you due to its shared priviledged position in the Atlantic Ocean which surrounds her northern and southern coasts .
Tourist Pole in Las Tunas. Cuba
Aeropuerto de HolguinLat:20.98333 Lon:-77.93333 See Google Map
Hermanos Ameijeiras Airport (IATA: VTU, ICAO: MUVT): is a regional airport that serves the town of Las Tunas in Cuba.
Cerro CaisimuLat:21.12360 Lon:-76.96860 See Google Map
Cerro de Caisimu took its name from the height where the installation lies. From there the visitor can watch one of the most beautiful sights of the Las Tunas region, at the East of the country. Its commanding views perhaps not surprising meant it was the setting for numerous skirmishes between Revolutionary and Batista's forces.
Playa CovarrubiasLat:21.34940 Lon:-76.66040 See Google Map
This beach, with its fine white sand and warm water, is protected by a coral reef. The nearby Malagueta Bay is exceptionally rewarding for bird watchers.
Puerto ManatiLat:21.36222 Lon:-76.82611 See Google Map
Puerto PadreLat:21.19449 Lon:-76.60355 See Google Map
This is a beautiful city that proudly shows off its beautiful bay and the cleanliness of its streets. Over 40 000 people inhabit this town that treasures beautiful history the most significant of which if the imposing Fortress on the Hill (Fuerte de la Loma) –today converted into a museum-, built in the XIX century by the Spanish colonialists
Puerto CarapanoLat:21.22500 Lon:-76.54167 See Google Map
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Las Tunas is one of the provinces of Cuba. Major towns include Puerto Padre, Amancio, and the capital city, Las Tunas (historically Victoria de Las Tunas). Las Tunas, a name coming from the characteristic vegetation of the area, it not a province excessively big or popular. Considered as the Oriental part of Cuba, closer to Haiti than the Havana, it is known as the “Orient Balcony” also has its own charm. Its history and folklore are found in every corner of one of the most rural areas in Cuba, which makes it more welcoming. In the capital of the province, Las Tunas, you will have the chance of discovering the culture of its nice likable with just having a walk through its streets and keep watching the quantity of sculptures which are raised in every corner of the city. More than a hundred figures decorate the capital, known also as “the City of Sculptures”. This fact shows the cultural interest of the Tuneros, which take care and remind at all times its history and traditions.
Its shaken belic past has given way to a culturally wealthy province, due to this among the monuments you should not hesitate in visiting there are the General Vicente García Provincial Museum, the Barbados Martyrs Memorial Museum, the Casa Natal del Mayor General Vicente García Birth House or the known as El Cornito or Cucalambé Park, where take place annually the Cucalambeana Days. Furthermore, as exhibits the perfection of the most worshipped art of the region, you will understand the importance of the sculpture by visiting the original Plaza Martiniana Square and the imposing Plaza de la Revolución de Las Tunas Square.
Regarding the sculptoric works of the most significant ones of the Tunero identity do not miss the beauty of ‘Antillas Fountain’, ‘Trabajo Monument’, ‘Alfabetizacion Monument’, or the mythical ‘Contrapuestas Figures or Cabezas de Indio’; since all of them count with key moments in the history of the Tuneros.
If you decide to get to know deeper the province, there are two relevant areas which will complement your trip to the Orient of the country. On one way, Cabaniguán Mountain, located at the South of the city of Jobabo and it hosts the second Natural Reservation of Cuba, protected at international level by the Ramsar Convention. On the other hand, the portuary city of Puerto Padre, it opens the gates not just of the history of the city with the Loma Fort and the Fernando García Grave de Peralta Municipal Museum; but also a compound of virgin beaches and less frequented through the majority of the year which will allow you to enjoy the Cuban paradise. Among the most beautiful ones stand out the Herradura, La Llanita and La Boca; just as Punta Covarrubias which counts with the first all-inclusive resort of the province.
It is the perfect chance to combine the culture and resting in one of the most exotic areas, known by few, of the country.
If you are wondering about the most interesting dates to visit the ‘Orient Balcony’, any moment is a good one to do it. On the month of November you can enjoy the Ánfora Magic International Festival, which is celebrated along a week and where you will find the most recognized professional, at national level as well as international. From February on and for two months you can enjoy Artistic Events such as the Bienal de Escultura Rita Longa or more spring time event with the La Plástica in April or El Salón Nacional de Pequeño Formato, some of the great sculpture are events.
On the other hand, every weekend takes place in Las Tunas the customary festivity of Cuban Rodeos or every June the famous Cucalambeanas Days, so representative of the Tunera culture.
As you can see, every moment is an ideal occasion to get to know Las Tunas.+