Central destinations

SANTA CLARA

Santa Clara was founded on July 15, 1689. It is a typical city of central Cuba, with streets converging in plazas and parks. It is the capital of Villa Clara Province, with one of the largest populations in the country (over 200 000.) The city is a trading and communications hub, as it is the intersection of important inter-province roads and railroads.

The greatest battle fought by Ernesto Che Guevara during the Cuban revolution took place in this city. Che´s Mausoleum was built there and it´s become a revered shrine that is visited by thousands of world travelers who want to know about the legend of the mythical Argentine guerrilla.

Interesting spots:

The Iglesia del Carmen and the 18-column monument that marks the founding of the city, the Ernesto Che Guevara Monument and Memorial, the monument to the Armored Train, etc.

 

 

REMEDIOS

This quiet city was founded in 1514 and it is one of the first colonial villages built by the Spanish. Located in the center-north of Cuba, it is now part of Villa Clara Province. It is famous for its Christmas festivities (parrandas) and old structures. The city stands out for its interesting museums and the majestic look of its churches travelers admire. Another feature is the irregular patterns of its streets and long eaves giving shade to pedestrians under the shining sun and providing an atmosphere that invites to strol the century-old city streets.

Interesting spots:

The Remedios Plaza, the only one in the country having two churches, the Church of Our Lady of Good Travel and the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist (which has a huge gold-plated altar and, possibly, the only sculpture of a pregnant Virgin Mary); the museum which bears the name of Alejandro García Caturla, a renown musician; and the Remedios Parrandas Museum.

 

Cayo Santa María

Located at the northwest of Villa Clara Province, in central Cuba, it is a paradisiacal islet among a group of keys known as “The White Rose of the King´s Gardens” of the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago. You reach this paradise which was almost unknown until a recent date by driving along a spectacular seabed rock-founded causeway. Stretching for 48 km and having 46 bridges designed to let sea water and wildlife flow and live and avoid environmental damages, this causeway is a majestic piece of engineering that won the Alcántara Award to the Best Ibero-American Civil Engineering Works. The key has excellent hotels and 10 km of top-quality beaches plus a beautiful wild animal and plant life that are worth of praise.

Interesting spots:

The beautiful Perla Blanca, Las Caletas, Cañón and Cuatro Puntas beaches having a background of cliffs which highlight their beauty. Cozy “All-Inclusive” hotels.

 

 

CIENFUEGOS

It is a harbor town in south-central Cuba around 245 km from Havana. It was founded by French immigrants on April 22, 1819 and it has an interesting and well-kept urban historic area (declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity.)

Due to its peculiar attraction and location facing one of the finest harbors in the Caribbean, it has been called “The Pearl of the South” since colonial times.

Cienfuegos´ streets had been designed originally as squares. The city´s eclectic architecture still shows many neoclassic decorations. It is one of the best drawn cities in Cuba, with wide straight streets, open boulevards and parks (the one named after José Martí is the leading one) and also modern and old buildings whose appearance is in line with theirs surroundings.

Interesting spots:

The Palacio del Valle, the Tomás Terry Theater, the Fortress of Our Lady of Angels of Jagua (Castillo de Jagua), José Martí Park, the Queen´s and Tomás Acea Cemeteries, the National Botanical Garden, etc.

TRINIDAD

The city is located in central Cuba, on the south coast of the Province of Sancti Spíritus. The village is among the first ones built by the Spanish Crown in Cuba, in early 1514. With the sugar industry boom, it became one of the buoyant cities of Cuba in the Eighteenth Century. Later, it was neglected and its interesting heritage forgotten until the tourism boom of the late Twentieth Century.

The great preservation and restoration job done by experts and the great love dwellers feel for their city turned it into one of the best preserved colonial towns no only in Cuba but in the Americas. Thanks to this, it was declared World Heritage of Humanity in 1999, as was the impressive Sugar Mills Valley in the outskirts. Trinidad is having a gradual awakening and it is becoming a tourist destination to be rediscovered with its magnificent architecture and history.

Interesting spots:

Trinidad Historic Area, History Museum, Archaeology Museum, Romantic Museum, Museum of Colonial Architecture, Ancón Beach, Topes de Collantes, Sugar Mills Valley, etc.

 

SANCTI SPÍRITUS

The city is located just at the center of the island of Cuba at about 350 km from Havana. It was one of the early villages built by the Spanish. Initially, it was erected by the Tunicú River on June 4, 1514, around 8 km from its present place. In 1522 it was moved to its present location by the Yayabo River.

Sancti Spíritus is the birthplace of the famous Guayabera shirt (a practical internationally-known piece of garment.) The city stands out for its well-preserved architecture and old roofs. It also has a name thanks to its interesting museums and churches and its picturesque narrow, stone-paved streets which remind us of its colonial past.

Interesting spots:

The old bridge over the Yayabo River (the only one of its kind in the country), the historic area, the Teatro Principal, the Major Parochial Church, the Church of Our Lady of Charity, the Colonial Art Museum, the Provincial History Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Santa Elena Manor and Serafín Sánchez Central Park, which is surrounded by interesting structures dating from successive periods.

 

CAMAGÜEY

Camagüey is located in east-central Cuba and its founding date is February 2, 1514. It was the third village built be the Spanish. Initially, it was called “Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe.” Cuba´s third major city, it has the largest historic area in the nation –330 hectares. Thanks to the endeavors by its dwellers to preserve the city´s architectural heritage, its historic area was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

Camagüey´s streets are the most asymmetrically drawn among all the villages founded by the Spanish. Its surprisingly converging (labyrinthine) streets, which are to be found only there, its old buildings by narrow and stone-paved alleys in the colonial style, its beautiful plazas and churches of great historical value and its beautiful museums and temples keeping burial art treasures from the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries are all part of an unmatched urban landscape.

Interesting spots:

San Juan de Dios and Carmen Plazas, Agramonte Park (formerly Plaza de Armas), the houses and museums of patriot Ignacio Agramonte and Dr. Carlos J. Finlay (who discovered the yellow fever carrier), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Soledad, Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje and Santa Ana Parochial Churches, the Chapels of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Carmen and San Juan de Dios churches, the Church of Our Lady of Mercy and the Cemetery of Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje.