The city of Pinar del Río is a municipality and provincial capital of the same name. It is located approximately in the south-central portion of the westernmost region of Cuba. It occupies an area of 691,120 km, that is, the ninth place in territorial extension with respect to the other municipalities. The city limits to the north with the municipalities of Viñales and Minas de Matahambre, to the south with the Gulf of Batabanó, to the east with the municipality of Consolación del Sur and to the west with those of San Luis and San Juan y Martínez. Only 174 kilometers separate Pinar del Río from the City of Havana, cities that are linked by a magnificent highway.
At the time of the conquest, this region was populated by aborigines organized into chiefdoms that had the Siboney culture in common. Nueva Filipina was the name that this province had in its beginnings, until in 1774 it was changed to the current one, which is given by the pines that grow on the banks of the Guamá River. The city of Pinar del Río, during its founding process, went through a long period characterized by moments of initial settlement, definition of the characteristics of the town and urban development. During those years the geographical, economic, political and social, religious and architectural factors made it possible to form the most important population nucleus of Vueltabajo to this day. It was granted the title of city on September 10, 1867.
At present, the city of Pinar del Río has around 150,000 inhabitants and is distinguished by having diverse cultural and heritage values. In its historic center, the architecture is eclectic and there is charm in its houses with low prop and soft colors, whose portals seem to form a gallery without limits. In the outskirts, modern buildings break the horizontality of the city. It has a University, some hospitals, but its fundamental appeal is given by being the province where the best Cuban Habano is grown, worldwide known.
The opportunity to visit the Guayabita del Pinar factory should not be missed, a drink with an ancient recipe that is still produced by hand, according to the old tradition. Similarly, you may be interested in the Guash Palace, the Milanés Theater, the Antonio Guiteras Museum, the Arturo Regueiro Gallery and the Rumayor Cabaret, among other cultural and recreational institutions.
Likewise, it is of interest to visit the Tobacco Museum, where visitors can share the experience of seeing the production of tobacco, by the approximately 30 tobacco growers who work there, while the tobacco store reader reads the country’s newspaper to educate and entertain the visitors. cigar makers. In this factory 5 brands of this product are made, reserved mainly for national consumption.
From here you can have access to other municipalities in the province. For the enjoyment of the nature of Pinar del Río and in the most pleasant places of its geography, there are hotels with a quiet environment and a variety of options for entertainment and recreation. Due to the richness, variety and excellent conservation of its flora and fauna, from here you can select a visit to the Sierra del Rosario, a Biosphere Reserve; the Valley of Viñales; Those looking for sun and beach will have good options in Cayo Levisa, while lovers of diving, hunting and fishing will also find other attractive offers.