With the name of San Carlos and San Severino of Matanzas it was founded on October 12th of 1693 and today has a surface area of almost 12 000 square kilometres and over 700 000 inhabitants. It is known as the Athens of Cuba.
The city is divided by the San Juan River (río San Juan) and is characterised by its cultural development, whose most significant expression is the Sauto Theatre (Teatro Sauto), where important national as well as international artists have performed.
The city, as well as the province, does not possess important elevations and the soil is fertile. The tercentennial province is only 98 kilometres from the capital, along the way to the famous beach of Varadero, one of the main tourist sites in the country.
Matanzas features a beautiful azure bay, as well as a central city area where parks and buildings, some dating back to the colonial era, coexist in harmony. If you prefer, you can enjoy a sea swim at El Zapato beach that bathes the city’s coastline.
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