People say that the settlement was born from clay, because that was the material used for making the bricks to build the first houses. The large, Arabic-style earthenware jars (tinajones) that were used for storing rainwater in the past and that symbolize the province now were also made of clay. The historic heart of the cityl, declared a National Monument, has an asymmetric design that resembles a spider web in some areas. It is one of the largest historic centers in Cuba and its ambience and colonial architecture are among the best preserved on the Island.
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Its construction dates to 1939. The Gran Hotel is located on the boulevard of Maceo Street in the heart of the old city from where you can walk to the...
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December through April, is also the most popular time. The weather is at its coolest and driest during these months, yet it\'s still far warmer than North America and Europe.
In the spring and fall, it\'s off-seasons and this can mean fewer hotel amenities; some hotels may be closed entirely for repairs. There are, however, benefits to traveling in the off-seasons: lack of crowds and prices that tumble by up to 25%.
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