Pueblo Holandes (Dutch Village)
The Poblado Holandés (or Pueblo Holandés) is a small agricultural community located 18 km north of the municipality of Moron in the province of Ciego de Avila, and about 45 minutes' drive from Cayo Coco. What makes this village unique is the Dutch-style architecture of its 2-floor houses with a red gable roof and white walls, fireplaces and high ceilings.
The construction of this peculiar village was the idea of the revolutionary fighter Celia Sanchez Manduley. The village was inaugurated on February 24, 1964 and is named Ciro Frias, it was later renamed Celia Sanchez Manduley Community, but the inhabitants of the province most often refer to it as the Poblado Holandes (the Dutch village).
The village is located at the entrance of Isla Turiguano, a peninsula surrounded by grazing land for cattle, immediately north of the Laguna de la Leche (Milk lake), see the interactive map below. The village has 55 houses and a population of a little more than 200 inhabitants.
This is fo sure an interesting curiosity in the landscape, and worth a short diversion if you’re visiting the region. Some guided tours from the tourist resorts located in the cayos (Cayo Coco, Cayo guillermo, Cayo Paredon) include a stop at the Pueblo Holandes, see our Excursions section for more information.
Click to view our Gallery of the Pueblo Holandes.
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