Ciego de Ávila Province

Ciego de Ávila is the flattest province in Cuba, never rising more than 50m above sea level. Although there are relatively few rivers running through the province, the good underground irrigation network makes the area fertile and productive; sugar cane and pineapple plantations are the major local crops. Indeed, the province is famous for its pineapples and frequent reference is made to this ‘queen of fruits’ here.

The province was once home to a large indigenous population and there are several semi-preserved sites which are worth looking up. There are also remnants of late 19th-century fortresses which were used to divide up the island during the War of Independence.

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