San Juan Festival in Trinidad, Cuba
Each year, the streets of Trinidad host one of Cuba’s biggest festivals, the Fiesta de San Juan. Latin America knows how to throw a fiesta, and the San Juan Festival is no exception.
The San Juan Festival is held in June each year. Though it is celebrated in several towns and cities (including nearby Camaguey), Trinidad is home to one of the biggest celebrations.
The Festival is also known as Carnaval, Carnival or Fiesta. It features hoards of cowboys who take to the streets on horseback, as well as live music and parades.
The Festival is an annual highlight for both locals and visitors. People take to the streets to watch the parades and horse riders go past. For some great views, try to get up high (we were lucky enough to be allowed up a tower to watch the streets from above!).
Of course, Trinidad is worth a visit at any time of year. It is a beautiful picturesque city, with cobbled streets lined with colourful houses against a scenic mountain backdrop. Nearby Playa Ancon is worth a visit to soak up some sunshine. Nightly highlights include Casa de la Musica, a salsa event with live music and dancing held at Plaza Mayor, and Disco Ayala, a truly one-of-a-kind nightclub held inside a massive cave.
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