er Cuba's største, men kanskje en av de fineste regioner. I Camagüey finnes
det mange flotte sandstrender på nord og sørkysten. Eksempelvis det fine strandområdet
som ligger nord-øst i regionen, og ikke så veldig langt fra den koselige byen
denne regionen (på nordkysten) er det mange flotte naturlige laguner som kan
friste enhver sportsfisker. Hele regionen har et forholdsvis flatt landskap uten
særlig med fjell og større høydedrag.
næringsliv er i hovedsak storfedrift og sukkerplantasjer men har også mye
innen fjærfe"produksjon", risdyrkning, fruktkonservering og ikke
minst produksjon av både øl og mineralvann. Turismen er i dette området lite
utviklet. Mange på Cuba beskriver Camagüeyn "cowboyregionen" bl.a.
på grunn av de mange mange rodeo-arrangement.
kan lese mer her - (spansk):
til Camagüey By * Nettside
til provinsen Camagüey
Santa Lucía Beach
mer info - Eng. Kilde: )
Santa Lucía Beach is 110
kms. (68 miles) or just a little over an hour drive
from the city of Camagüey. Protected by the second largest coral reef in the
world, Santa Lucia de Cuba is fantastic and unique place for scuba diving and
water sports. Santa Lucia and the neighboring Cayo Sabinal, Cayo Romano, Cayo
Cruz and Cayo Guajaba, in the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, just offshore, host
the largest colony of Roseate Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber)
in the Caribbean
as well as a wide spectrum of interesting Cuban coastal flora and fauna species.
Also, one of the most covetted zones of Santa Lucia de Cuba is Coconut Beach in
La Boca, which is a semi-isolated place near to a picturesque settlement of
fishermen in the very mouth of Nuevitas Bay, one of the biggest bays in Cuba.
Ernest Hemingway used to sails off this coast while hunting or fishing on
board his yacht, El Pilar. Although, he also used to hunt down Nazi U-boats
during World War II. His most autobiographical novel, "Islands in the
Stream", was based on these experiences. These 21
kms. (13 miles) of crystal clear and heavenly waters are visited
annually by thousands of people from all over the world in their quest to bury
the harsh winter in this perfect mixture of sun and
sand. So, if while walking
in the morning along the beach you find a tiny flake, do not be surprised, is
just a piece of all the winter buried here.
The province of Camaguey is placed in the center of the Island. The area is a
vast prairie and is Cuba's largest province. Its capital is the city of Camaguey,
formerly named Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe (Port Prince), it is the
third most important city regarding population and industrial development. It
also has the largest old city of the country and the Caribbean.
Its central position allows the visitors an easy access to the renowned
history and culture, which are closely linked to the life of one of the first
seven villas founded by Diego Velázquez in the 16th century.
Camaguey is known as the city of tinajones, the big clay vessels originally
located in the colonial courts to store the rain water in order to cope with the
habitual droughts. According to the old legend, whoever drinks the water from a
tinajon will never leave Camaguey, or at the very least, will be uncontrollably
drawn back here again and again.
Such legendary city still preserves the ambience of the colonial epoch, that
is to say, the tradition of its streets, its buildings, its churches, its parks,
its railings, its doors or its roofs. Many of its facilities have endured time;
therefore, the provincial capital is one of the most traditional cities in the
Camaguey is also a magnificent opportunity for cultural, sport, scientific
and business events.
If compared to the inhabitants of other regions, the spirit of the
¨Camagüeyanos¨ is remarkable due to its patriarchal culture and a language
full of Castilian archaisms. Faithful lover of his land, the Camaguey-born
citizen is an educated and cultured and hospitable person who is proud of his
origin. If you glance at our gorgeous and well-preserved city, then you will
surely realize about it.
What does Camaguey
Regarding the old Indocuban language, its origin might be:
CAMAGUA + EY
The camagua [Wallenia lauriformia (Jacq.), Sw.] is a nether-land wild bush.
It is found throughout the island and it receives several popular names. The
ending EY (EX, EL) was used to state the origin, e.g., the lineage, the
ancestry. Therefore, the voice CAMAGUEY might state the magic-religious origin
of this bush which it was regarded as the cradle of the caciques of this
territory which at the same time was called after them.
Culture is an emblematic feature of
Camaguey, not only because of the fact
that Silvestre de Balboa wrote here, in 1608, "Espejo de Paciencia",
the first epic poem of the Cuban literature, or because this is the cradle of
renowned artists like the writers Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda and Nicolás
Gillén (Cuba’s National Poet), the painter Fidelio Ponce de Leon,
transcendental example of Cuban fine arts or the composer Jorge González Allué,
author of the universally known "Amorosa Guajira", but because beyond
its old and illustrious traditions, the people of Camaguey has a special
vocation to everything that may enrich spirit and intellect.
Camaguey might show off from an architectural patrimony built throughout
centuries. The high conservation degree of the historical old city with its
squares, alleys, churches and colonial houses still echoes the sound of past
epochs. Indeed, the harmony of such urban scenery seems to let time still.
This secular taste for culture encouraged the settlers of these regions,
devoted to cattle-raising and agriculture, to began building the Theater
Principal in 1847, a coliseum that has hosted the most varied cultural
expressions that consolidated the Cuban identity for more than 150 years.
This marvelous construction, which has silently witnessed a wide spectrum of
artistic trends, hosts the National Theater Festival that gathers the very best
companies of Cuba every two years; international festivals of contemporary music
such as the famous Boleros de Oro Festival. Moreover, this is the permanent
headquarters of the laureate Camaguey Ballet, who was founded and run by Master
Fernando Alonso, also founder of the Cuban National Ballet together with his
ex-wife Alicia Alonso.
Camaguey is also provided with dozens of places where different dances and
plays are staged by prestigious and talented dance and drama companies, for
instance, Conjunto Artístico Maraguán, the Folk Ballet of Camaguey; Caidije,
La Edad de Oro, The Guiñol, The Dramatist and Theater of the Wind, just to
quote a few of these avant-garde companies.
There are relevant musical groups such as Dessandan, which has received
outstanding acknowledgements worldwide, e.g., a nomination to the Grammy; the
Symphony Orchestra; the municipal bands of concerts; the Chamber Orchestra; the
Maravillas de Florida Band, representative of the most genuine dance music; the
star Candita Batista and dozens of solo singers.
Many plastic artists such as Orestes Larios, Joel Jover, Ileana Sánchez and
Gabriel Gutiérrez are widely recognized both in Cuba and abroad due to their
highly valuable aesthetic works. Many of their masterpieces are exhibited
annually in the Provincial Exhibition Hall Fidelio Ponce of León.
When talking about Cuban ceramics it is really impossible to ignore
Camaguey's motto: "the land of tinajones". These big vessels made out
of clay that at present are ornaments in patios, parks and public buildings.
Famous Camaguey potters like Nazario Salazar, Oscar Rodríguez Lasserie, and
Martha Jiménez have been awarded several times for their works. The secret to
achieve this goal...? Simply to be nourished by the tinajon tradition.
A select group of Camaguey writers like Roberto Méndez, Luis Alvarez and
Luis Suardíaz belong to the very best of the Cuban literature.
The Camaguey people is fan and expert on the so-called Seventh Art, that is why
every year it holds the Warehouse of the Image Festival, which hosts film
directors, actors, producers, critics and investigators who take part in the
Meeting of the Cinematographic Critique.
Camaguey has several libraries, museums, bookstores, houses of culture and
other institutions that promote activities in neighborhoods and communities.
Such activities organized and advised by instructors and promoters of art, bring
about the development of the artistic aptitudes of a massive movement of fans
that is dignified and improved by these programs.