The beautiful colonial city of Sancti Spiritus, with its
gracious people, delightful architecture and maze of narrow,
winding cobblestone streets remains almost completely unassuming
and detached from tourism. Located in the centre of Cuba, 43 miles
(70km) east of Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus lies on the banks of the
Yayabo River, exuding charm, affability and authenticity. The old
town has been declared a National Monument, filled with
picturesque, colourful little houses with uneven red-tiled roofs
and weathered colonial homes. Streets are crammed with horse-drawn
carriages, bicycles, scooters and pedestrians licking at ice-creams
flavoured with a fruit which grows along the banks of the river.
Spanning the river is the Puente Yayabo, an arched brick bridge
built by the Spanish in 1815, and the city's most famous sight.