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Cuban architecture

Ciego de Ávila

Ciego de Áilav Ciego de Ávila Spanning less than 100 kms from north to south, Ciego de Ávila is one of the provinces of Cuba, and was previously part of Camagüey Province. Its capital is Ciego de Ávila, which lies on the Carretera Central (central highway), and the second city is Morón, further north.

Off the north coast of the province, some (cays) of the Jardines del Rey archipelago are being developed as tourist resorts, principally Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. The south coast is characterised by mangroves. Between Morón and the north coast are several lakes, including the Laguna de Leche (the Lagoon of Milk, so called for its white appearance because of large lime deposits underwater) which is the largest natural lake in Cuba.The biggest draw of the area are the unspoiled Jardines de la Reina Cays, 77 km off the southern coast and reached from the Júcaro Port, which offer numerous excellent dive sites, superb fishing and virgin cays to explore.

Aside from the blossoming tourism, the province makes its money from cattle farming, sugar production and, as the country´s main fruit producer. The pinneapple, in particular, is so vital to the economy that it has been used as Ciego de Ávila´s town motif since 18th century.

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