Las Tunas City

"The Balcony of the East"

Las Tunas City or "Victoria de Las Tunas" is the capital of Las Tunas province in Eastern Cuba. The city was founded in the XVIII century and it has an eclectic architecture and an immense wealth of material and spiritual traditions coming from peasant origin’s roots.

Revolution Square Major General  Vicente García González

It considered one of the greenest cities in Cuba, having almost an intact nature and only a few industries, Las Tunas City is very well-known as "The Balcony of the East" because geographically is here where the oriental region of the island of Cuba starts. Las Tunas has 150.000 inhabitants and it is the biggest city inside the province.

Vicente Garcia Museum

Las Tunas city, compared with other Cuban cities, is a not very tourist place. This makes that the city offers a much more family and more relaxed atmosphere than in other places of the Caribbean island. It has two hotels: Hotel Las Tunas and Hotel Cadillac, but the good value for money we can find it in a lot of Casas Particulares (private lodgings provided by Cuban families) existent in the whole city.

Las Tunas city was recognized during the annexational republic by a famous legend based on the night supposed appearance of an Indian without head mounted in a white horse.

Jose Marti Square, Park of Dignity

Las Tunas city is rich in the rural folklore and other folkloric Cuban elements of African origin that are in the base of the popular culture of the Oriente of Cuba. Its Folklore parties have ingredients of tunes, African-American, Haitian, tangos and country music that combined to others one, dignify us even more with the chords of La Caldosa (mix of race and culture).

Antilles Fountain (Fuente de las  Antillas)

Las Tunas city is also considered the capital of Cuban sculpture. It has some 70 monumental and environmental works. Las Tunas city is dotted with of sculptures and almost in each corner there is a few (or lots) work of art.

Antilles Fountain (Fuente de las  Antillas)

The autochthonous culture in Las Tunas city is varied, where it’s stands out the Jornada Cucalambeana, in honor to Juan Cristóbal Nápoles Fajardo, "El Cucalambe", poet of rural tradition that sings to the beauty of country-side life. Las Tunas city, every two years, becomes the site of the important festivity in Cuba rural culture, the Jornada Cucalam-beana, a week devoted to Cuban country-side tradition.