For recognition of its rich cultural life, Matanzas has been known for more than two centuries as the Athens of Cuba does, plus it has been called “the city of bridges“. Founded in 1693 under the name of San Carlos and San Severino de Matanzas, the city bordering a beautiful bay and its architecture retains a splendor that is reflected in the eclecticism of its buildings.
The landscapes that make up the neighbor around the city are of singular beauty, among them the Pan de Matanzas and Yumurí Valley. There are major attractions like the Sauto Theater, the Triolet Pharmacy and the Church of San Carlos, among other places. Recreated by painters, poets and musicians, Matanzas is only a few minutes from the famous resort of Varadero and near the Zapata Peninsula. The city of Matanzas, capital of the province of the same name, is in the northwest of the country, 100 kms. east of Havana and Varadero about 18 minutes; there is a good highway that links these cities.