The restoration of La Güira Park has been the most complex work undertaken in the lead up to the summer in Los Palacios. Photo: Ronald Suárez Rivas

A combination of history, culture and entertainment will mark the range of summer 2018 options and activities for families that began July 1 across Cuba, with the necessary logistical conditions and repair works guaranteed to ensure that the population can enjoy this vacation period.

The La Güira Park, a beautiful recreational complex located in the Pinar del Río municipality of Los Palacios, hosted the central activity to mark the beginning of summer 2018.

With capacity for around 3,000 people, the facility has several swimming pools, restaurants, cafes and cabin accommodation, which will be available to visitors this summer.

The site will also see performances by different musical groups and the youth and students’ dance troupe, a recreational sports festival, and varied gastronomical options, including a giant cake and piñata.

Rubén Ramos, vice president of the Provincial Administration Council, told Granma International that activities will also be held in the rest of the province’s municipalities.

With the slogan “To enjoy Cuba,” this summer in Pinar del Río will have among its attractions concerts, fashion shows, neighborhood football and basketball tournaments, and video gaming competitions, along with the traditional offers relating to nature and beach excursions.

Dozens of works inaugurated in recent months, as part of the program to restore and revive facilities in the city of Pinar del Río, will also feature as part of the summer recreational options.

In the central province of Cienfuegos, an arduous process to recover recreational centers has been undertaken throughout this year, to offer comprehensively restored works now in optimal conditions to provide excellent services to the population.

Examples of this state-supported effort include the Laguna del Cura Recreational Complex, reconstructed at a cost of half a million CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos); the repair of all facilities at La Punta, a recreational complex with a swimming area, located on a National Monument site; and Club Caribe, one of the emblematic recreational sites of the capital of Cienfuegos, which having been closed for more than four years, will reopen its doors to the public this summer.

In the western province of Matanzas, tour routes coordinated by the Palacio de Junco Museum will pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of the beginning of Cuba’s wars of independence.

The monument to the Rebel Slave, at the Triunvirato former sugar mill; General Betancourt Park in the city of Matanzas; the recreation of Máximo Gómez’s room at the Veteranos de la Independencia Museum in Cárdenas; the former 19th century coffee plantation of La Dionisia; the José Smith Comas Museum, dedicated to the Matanzas sugar industry; and the Sauto Theater, are just some of the sites included in tour programs.

Meanwhile, in another central province, that of Sancti Spíritus, the Young Communist League has organized activities for all tastes, including camping, excursions and historical routes, as ACN reported.

Cuba’s Campismo Popular network of campsites is also organizing several historic tours of the city of Trinidad, declared a World Heritage Site, as well as to El Mirador, in the surrounding Topes de Collantes Natural Protected Landscape, and to the Alberto Delgado Monument, also located in that southern city.