Yayabo Bridge, Sancti Spíritus
Sancti Spíritus is a city in central Cuba. It is the provincial capital of Sancti Spíritus Province. Covering 1,151 sq km (444.4 sq mi), it has a population of 134,000 (2011 estimate).
Sancti Spíritus was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. Its name means "holy spirit" in Latin. Originally sited along the Tuinucú River, it was relocated eight years later to the banks of the Yayabo River, most likely for better defence against pirates. The move did not seem to work, for in 1586, the city went up in smoke when British pirates set fire to it, in the process burning all documents related to its founding.
Today Sancti Spíritus is one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean from the sugar plantation period. It has many interesting historic sights that are slowly gaining the attention of tourists.
A shopping alley in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
The town center of Sancti Spíritus can easily be explored on foot within a few hours. There are beautiful colonial-era houses with wrought-iron balconies and streets full of character waiting to be explored. The historic center of Sancti Spíritus is today gazetted as a national monument.
Visiting Sancti SpíritusThere are buses to Sancti Spíritus from Camagüey, Havana, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.
Sights & Attractions in Sancti Spíritus