city of Pinar del Rio is the capital of the province of
the same name. It is located approximately in the south
central part of the western section of the island. Pinar
del Rio has a surface of 691120 kilometers and it is the
9th largest territory in extension on the island. The city
borders to the north with Viñales and Minas de Matahambre,
to the south with the Batabano Gulf to the east with the
Consolación del Sur and west with San Luis and San
Juan y Martinez. Only 174 kilometers separate Pinar del
Rio from Havana.
The city was named Nueva Filipina until 1774 when it was
rename as Pinar del Rio due to the pines that grow along
the Guamá River. It was given the title of city on
September 10th, 1867.
Currently it has some 150 000 inhabitants and is distinguished
by its cultural and diverse heritage values. Its historic
centre has an eclectic architecture and whose porches seem
to form an unlimited gallery. It is the land where best
world known tobacco leaf is grown.
Main attraction in Pinar del Rio are the Guayabita del Pinar
factory, rum with a very old recipe and which is produced
with the old tradition. You can also visit the Guash Palace,
Milanes Theater, Antonio Guiteras Museum, the Arturo Regueiro
Gallery and the Rumayor Cabaret among other cultural and
The city also has the Cigar Museum where visitors can share
the experience of watching the elaboration of a cigar due
to its proximity to 30 cigar factories where a worker reads
the country’s newspaper to educate and entertain the
cigar rollers. This factory produces 5 brands of cigars
reserved mainly for national consumption.