One of the most traditional cities in eastern Venezuela is Barcelona, the capital of the Anzoategui state. Founded in 1671 it is now integrated with Lecherias and Puerto La Cruz. However Barcelona has kept its colonial look.
Theater in Barcelona
Casa Fuerte (Strong house)
Casa Fuerte (strong house) is a national historic monument. Initially constructed as a convent, in 1811 during the independence war, it was taken by the founders of the republic and turned into a fortification by SImon Bolivar to defend the city from the attacks of his opponents. After several attacks the house was taken and destroyed in 1817. It stands now as a reminder of the independence spirit. There is a statue of Eulolia Buroz, a woman who died in its defense.
Among the attractions of Barcelona are its cathedral, and churches like "El Carmen", always in front of squares with many trees.
Church of El Carmen
This city is one of Venezuela's top tourist destination. The beaches that surround Puerto La Cruz, such as Isla de Plata, Conoma and Arapito are beautiful. Puerto La Cruz is also the entry point of Mochima National Park, one of the most spectacular in the country. From its port, you can take a ferry to Margarita Island. You can (and should) also hire a boat that will take you to the neighboring islands, such as Las Chimanas, Cachicamo and Borracha.
In the channels of El Morro, there are elegant neighborhoods with their own decks where yachts are parked.
Peer in Plaza Mayor Shopping center
Plaza Mayor shopping center
At the end of the day, tourists and local people go to the "Paseo Colon" (Colombus promenade) to take a walk, preparing their appetite for a nice dinner in one of the various restaurants.
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