This is the largest archipelago of those that surround the island of Cuba and is part of the province of Ciego de Ávila. The most famous, the Gardens of the King (Jardines del Rey) is of astounding beauty and is one of the main tourist destinies of beaches in the country. Its marine bottoms are protected by a coral reef that is the second most extensive in the world, because the first is in Australia. Among the Jardines del Rey, the most well known destinies are Cayo Coco, from where the coconut bird, also known as white ibis can be seen, and Cayo Guillermo, with the pleasant presence of pink flamencos. It is an isle of 13 square kilometres and features one of the highest dunes in the world, reaching up to 15 meters height. The archipelago is connected by land to the larger island of Cuba and an airport with a capacity of receiving medium size and small planes is also located here.

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Ciego de Avila is the capital of a province whose development depends mainly on agriculture and tourism. The first settlements date back to the XVI century when a notable aborigine population started to inhabit the area. The area has a modern international airport and a Main Theatre (Teatro Principal), built in 1927, while the Church of San Eugenio de la Palma (Iglesia de San Eugenio de la Palma), the city’s patron, appears as one of the most important and ancient buildings in the city. Its lands are flat, maybe the flattest in Cuba. There are good pineapple crops, a fruit considered by Cubans as the Queen of all fruits. The city started to expand around Marti Park, although there are no documents that attest to its construction. The most important meeting place is the corner of the Water House (Casa de Agua), which offers mineral water, as well as homemade refreshments and fruit juices.

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Le temps n’a pas put effacer des mémoires la nuit du deux mai 1982, lorsque le Coq de Moron, Dans la province de Ciego de Avila, retourna a son piédestal pour se proclamer comme symbole inégalable de ce village. Cette date fut précédée par des journées d’intense activité pour la confection d’une sculpture de taille considérable et aux contours délicats, où l’artiste Rita Longa travailla avec acharnement pour que l’œuvre arrive au relief imaginé. Elle voulut réaliser la sculpture dans le silence le plus absolu. Une fois terminée la fonte du splendide coq emplumé, le moment de l’accouplement de la lourde sculpture avec sa base fit tout le temps partie de ses préoccupations. Il était prévu que ces opérations aient lieu après minuit pour éviter les curieux, mais ce fut tout le contraire et le montage fut un événement public.

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Also known as the City of the Rooster (Ciudad del Gallo), it is the closest settlement to the isles of the King’s Gardens (Jardines del Rey) and Turiguanó, a Dutch settlement founded in the sixties decade of the XIX century, and the lagoon of La Redonda (45 square kilometres) where there is an international fishing centre. These are places the visitor must see in the province. It features the remains of the Trocha fortresses from Júcaro to Morón, which were used by the Spanish in order to divide the island during the War of Independence, trying to avoid the insurrection fighting for Cuba’s freedom spreading to the west. In the local museum, there is an exhibit of archaeological pieces found in 1947. Near the city is the famous Milk Lagoon (Laguna de la Leche) that harbours wild fauna. Its milk like colour is due to deposits of sodium carbonate.

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