Sancti Spíritus (Holy Spirit) is one of the provinces of Cuba. Its capital is the identically named Sancti Spíritus and it is one of the oldest Cuban European settlements; the city was founded in 1514 and has a very unique colonial charming. Sancti Spiritus offers visitors its enchanting colonial architecture and labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets. It’s like stepping back in time to the colonial past. The old town has been declared a National Monument. Another major city is Trinidad which has been called “the museum city of Cuba”.

Here is our selection of places to visit and where to stay in Sancti Spiritus:

Trinidad town


Trinidad was founded in 1514, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.The meticulously preserved town offers a window into the past, from its sprawling colonial palaces and plazas to its remnants of sugar mills and slave barracks from another era.  

Do not forget to visit El Valle de los Ingenios [Valley of the Sugar Mills] to see the ruins of dozens of 19th century sugar mills located just outside the city including the Iznaga tower from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley and the Ancón and Maria Aguilar beaches.

Places to stay

  1. Las Cuevas Hotel

Maria Anguilar beach

The warm waters of this beach are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Places to stay

  1. Costasur Hotel 

Ancón Beach (Ancón Peninsula)

cuba beach ancon

It is widely recognized as the best beach on Cuba’s south coast, thanks to its dazzling mountain views and fine, white sand.

Places to stay

  1. Hotel Ancón
  2. Brisas Trinidad del Mar Hotel

Embalse Zaza (Zaza Reservoir)

Enjoy excellent freshwater fishing in Cuba's largest man-made reservoir.

Marlin Marina Trinidad

Book your fishing excursions here, including deep-sea fishing, fly-fishing and bottom-fishing

Sierra del Escambray

The Sierra del Escambray mountain range offers an extensive network of trails for your hiking pleasure

Places to stay

  1. Kurhotel Escambrayis

Topes de Collantes

Explore the local flora and fauna – including colourful parrots and the Tocororo, Cuba’s national bird – at this park, deep within the Escambray Mountains.

Valle de los Ingenios

Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills)

Get a taste of the region’s sweet history by exploring the 70 historic sugar mills lining this valley just outside Trinidad (pictured right)

Salto del Caburni

Hike to the top of Salto del Caburni, which at 75-metres is among the tallest waterfalls in the Caribbean.

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