Published on 2020-10-29 by
By Darianna Mendoza Lobaina
ACN Special for Infotur
Gibara has the magic of the coastal cities, with the wall of its boardwalk as a witness of hundreds of stories, loves and clandestine romances forged between the salt water and the breeze that comes from the Atlantic Ocean.
Located in the northern part, some 32 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Holguín, the Villa Blanca de los Cangrejos, as it is also known, is distinguished at the same time by its architectural beauty, the Cuban gastronomy, the greenness of its landscapes and the simplicity of its people that make it a coveted tourist destination.
Those who come to this town in eastern Cuba will discover a space far from the city's hustle and bustle, with a historical center that has been well preserved as a National Monument since 2004.
With more than 200 years of history, Gibara treasures majestic buildings that exhibit styles typical of the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Spanish-Mudejar, eclecticism and neoclassicism, which embellish its urban environment. Among them are the Museum of Decorative Arts, the current headquarters of the House of Culture, the Colonial Theater, which is undergoing a major restoration, and the Church in the central Calixto Garcia park.
Eduardo Mora, architect of the Villa Blanca, explained that it is a peculiar city, whose urban layout respects the natural characteristics of the land and obeys the amphitheater model, where the population settlement serves as showy stands and the sea by the coast identifies them as a reference scenario in various parts of the world.
The Ordoño, Arsenita, Plaza Colón and Bahía del Almirante hotels are important attractions for tourism, recognized for offering their clients high comfort, personalized attention and excellent services.
All the natural charms are combined with exquisite recipes of the typical gibberish cuisine, prepared mainly with seafood.
The idiosyncrasy of its inhabitants also captivates outsiders, since they are humble people who stop to chat in the middle of the street while they deal with the gulf's wind, tell their anecdotes, provide the roof, the food without sparing anything and take pride in their piece of land.
The outstanding Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás found in the beautiful Villa the perfect location to shoot scenes of Miel para Oshún, one of the most representative films of the national filmography, which starred renowned artists such as Jorge Perugorría, Isabel Santos, Adela Legrá and Mario Limonta.
These sequences were followed by the initiative of giving the city a permanent space for the seventh art, which in its beginnings was called the Festival de Cine Pobre Humberto Solás, currently the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gibara (FICGibara).
In front of the sea, from the viewpoint or in the intimacy of the caves, this town founded in 1817 always invites you to dream, and although sometimes it awakens nostalgia, it is the ideal place for the meeting of lost loves.
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