Indulge in the memories of travelling the winding roads by horse drawn carriages, and drink in the enchanting wonder of one of Cuba’s oldest cities. This important city played a vital role in Cuban independence and continues to flourish with pride and pizazz. From eclectic galleries to architecture that withstood the sands of time, and battle - Bayamo is undeniably a city with age old charm and character. Take a step into a world where Cuban culture all but began, and find a piece of history in this magnificent region.
Where it all began
Bayamo was founded in 1513 and was only the second village to be established by Spanish Governor Diego Velàzquez. Not only was this village amongst the first to be founded, but it was also the capital of the First Republic in Arms during the Cuban War of Independence in the 19th century. During this time, the people of San Salvador de Bayamo were deeply invested in the struggle for independence, and instead of surrendering their village to the colonialists, they decided to burn it to the ground.
This all important city was also the birthplace of Carlos Manuel de Cèspedes, as well as the place where the national anthem was composed and heard for the first time. With such an impressive history, it is no wonder that Bayamo is considered the homeland of the nation.
Make yourself at home in Bayamo
This charming city is guaranteed to leave you in awe of Cuba’s rich history and the charm of the past is proudly showcased in the remaining architecture. Enjoy a stay in one of Bayamo’s boutique hotels or settle for quiet comfort in one of the local bed and breakfasts. From spectacular casas to cost-effective hostels and even welcoming homestays – you can relax and unwind in the heart of history in Bayamo!
Attractions in Bayamo
History enthusiasts will find themselves amidst a treasure chest of landmarks, museums and story tellers, eager to share the tales that shaped Bayamo. La Catedral de Bayamo and the smaller chapel to the side of this quintessential landmark both boast exquisite baroque alters and a spectacular spiritual history that will leave even the most sceptical visitors in awe.
If you are intrigued by the Cuban history then be sure to visit the birthplace of Cuba’s “father” - Carlos Manuel de Cèspedes. This casa is the only building miraculously unaffected by the fire but it has been transformed into a museum which not only signifies the life of the nation but also the life of the man behind the nation.
Along with this museum, there is also the Museo de Provincial which showcases documents and artefacts from the fire as well as other awe inspiring gems of Cuba’s history.
While the history of the region is truly inspiring you will also have ample opportunity to simply absorb the beauty of the region and the simplicity of the local lifestyle. Visit the peaceful Parque Cèspedes or indulge in a tour of the town on a horse drawn, handcrafted cart - this enticing means of transport will have you feeling like you just stepped back in time!