History of Granma Cuba

Cuba Bayamo

Granma’s capital city, Bayamo, was founded by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar in 1513, making it Cuba’s second oldest city after Baracoa. Many of the original colonial buildings were ruined in the Great Fire of 1869, when the city’s residents set the city ablaze rather than surrendering it to the invading Spaniards. The restored city center has since been declared a national monument by UNESCO.

Carnival Bayamo

As with virtually every town in the Granma province, the streets of Bayamo come alive with street parties on Saturday evenings, a lively and long-standing local tradition of fun and frolics that many foreign visitors equally enjoy. The province’s capital is also famous for its annual Bayamo Carnival.