Baracoa City is situated on a bay close to the eastern tip of the island of Cuba where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Baracoa was the first villa founded by Diego Velazquez in 1512. Its name has an Araucan origin and it means existence of sea. Its church preserves the Cruz de la Parra (Cross from La Parra), the first Christian symbol found in the island. The fact that this was an important Spanish outpost is evidenced by the three impressive forts: Fuerte Matachin, now housing the municipal museum; Fuerte de la Punta, now refitted with a restaurant; and El Castillo de Seboruco, which is now a pleasant hotel. This paradise -city, unique in the island, is discernible by the Yunque, a meseta that can be seen from several points.