Matanzas

Matanzas

 

Matanzas is known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, it is located on the north of the island on the Bay of Matanzas, 90 kilometers east of the capital Havana and 32 kilometers west of the resort town of Varadero.

Matanzas is called the City of Bridges, for the seventeen bridges that cross the three rivers that traverse the city (Rio Yumuri, Rio San Juan, and Rio Canimar). For this reason it was referred to as the “Venice of Cuba.” It was also called “La Atenas de Cuba” for its poets.

Matanzas is known as the birthplace of the music and dance traditions danzón and rumba.