Trinidad is perhaps Cuba's best-preserved Spanish town, with barely a single modern building interrupting the crumbling relics of the colonial past. The city lies 70 miles south of Santa Clara and a few miles east of Topes de Collantes National Park, and was founded in 1514 by Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez, who set up a base for expeditions into the New World.
Trinidad is arguably Cuba's most important historical town, so well preserved are the buildings and cobbled streets that interconnect them. The town has some excellent museums, documenting its intriguing past, and a collection of churches, including the main cathedral - Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima Trinidad - which sways to the distinct Afro-Cuban rhythms of the choir on Sundays. Visiting Trinidad is easy, and a recommended off stopping point for any Cuba travel plans.