San Antonio de Baños is a city and municipality located in the region of Artemisa (it used to belong to Havana up until 2011), just 35 kilometres to the southeast of Havana. This interesting area is full of surprises, being totally different to the rest of Cuba. People here are hardworking, and the film school produces many aspiring directors, the museums are focused on humor, rather than in crafts or history.
This town is known as the Humor Capital, since it is the setting of the Biennial International Festival of Humor since 1979. In the heart of the city you will also find the first Humor Museum of Cuba, unique in Latin America.
The town also houses the International School of Movie and TV of San Antonio, established in 1986 with the support of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, where students from all over the world are welcomed to share the unique facilities, including an olympic pool for underwater filming.
It is interesting to know that here was born Silvio Rodríguez, in 1946, who composed, almost by himself, the soundtrack of the Cuban revolution. The Humor Museum is a must-visit for whoever comes through Artemisa, but also are worth discovering the Regional Gallery Eduardo Abela, and the City Museum. If you want to go on a trip or do some hiking, just 2 kilometres north of the city, past the baseball stadium, there is a pedestrian bridge, near the La Quíntica Restaurant, that leads to a pair of hiking trails along the lush banks of the river.
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