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Matanzas City

Matanzas Cuba Capital city of province Matanzas, is an industrial city with about 120.000 inhabitants.
Between Habana and Varadero, you will cross this city. As being a Dutch website I have to remember you that our own Piet Heyn concured the "Zilvervloot" from the Spaniards in the bay of Matanzas in 1628, there even is a statue of Piet Heyn at the Bay side. The name Matanzas sounds weird … because it really mean "mass murder" in Spanish. Could be this name come from, the beginning of de 16th century the Spaniards kill a lot of Indians the regular inhabitants of this area, but a second story is about just the killing of cows and other animals and were shipped from Hicacos … anyway, the name Matanzas is strange. Matanzas, a prosperous, culturemided city that was founded in 1693 and which some call the Athens of Cuba, in reference to its many poets, and others the Cuban Venice, due to the five bridges that cross it at different streches of its Yumuri and San Juan rivers.Monumental buildings of neclassical features are a proof of the boom that this quiet city has experienced beginning in late 18th century. Matanzas grew around a large bay, well protected by a solid network of fotresses the most important of which can still be visited and admired today.

Matanzas is also the birth place of the Cuban national dance "The Danzon" and of the "Danzonete"; it was and still is a prominent rumba dancing place, and the home town of numerous artists, composers, and intellectuals, who are responsible for the city's traditionally intense, thriving cultural life. At the head of the harbor, close to the downtown center, you'll find a couple of small stretches of beach, where there will almost always be a few locals swimming, fishing, and sunbathing. However, the harbor is quite industrial and I'd highly recommend you head over to Varadero for some much more inviting beaches.

To do in Matanzas and its surroundings

Reviews Matanzas City

Name: leslie lamb
Country: Canada


We spent a wonderful week in this old city. Pleasant to walk either to city center and attractions-also to walk across the river to countryside. Canimar river is nearby-pastoral, water vehicles, restaurants, beautiful way to spend a day. Gaze upon statue of Jose Marti in Liberty Square, super museum of pharmacy, street vegetable vendors, people watch. Safe, friendly people. Found a true Cuban experience in this historical city.

Name: Janey
Country: Canada


My overall favourite place in Matanzas is the "Mazarati" it is beautiful there and when you go up in the gazeebo you can overlook the whole city and also the country side it is one of the most beautiful place to go in Matanzas, especially if you like to play pool.

Name: Hana
Country: Canada


Hi everyone!!! I went to Matanzas in order to do some Community work at the Teachers university there.... The reason i am writing is to tell you to absolutely go visit the Rio San Juan ! It is amazing! We actually walked all the way up to the source and sat on our little buts and let ourselves slide to the lagoon at the bottom that is surrounded by beautiful palm trees. You can even rent a cabin there for about 4 pesos per night!!! Greatest trip and people ever!!!!

Take care and hope you go visit someday!

Name: Rafael
Country: Spain


Parque René Fraga
This park is a few blocks up the hill from Parque Libertad. There’s nothing very special up there… just a beautiful view of the Matanzas bay!




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