Santa Clara is surrounded by hills, tourist come here to see Che Guevara museum, the city is located 274 km east of Havana, through the national highway. Santa Clara has
diverse and colourful cultural scene and a beautiful central park, named after a Colonel Leoncio Vidal in the national independence army, who died in a battle in this square in 1896.
There are many reasons to visit Santa Clara, one of them is the museum of "Decorative Arts" offer impressive collection of Colonial decorative art and furnitures. And the Modern Art Gallery, all are located at the corners of Parque Vidal.
The Leoncio Vidal charming square is the most popular park and the heart of the city. It has pristine flower beds, wrought-iron benches, and period street lamps. These lovely touches have helped it retain its original vibe, the city has mostly colonial style architecture with narrow streets, there is also a famous fountain a sculpture Nino de la Bota.
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JetBlue Airways re-establishing regular air service to Cuba. JetBlue offers flights to Santa Clara, Camaguey and Holguin and daily flights to Havana from New York JFK, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
American Airlines offers scheduled services from Miami, Florida to Santa Clara and to Havana capital city.
If you are looking for a decent cup'o of coffee, the best cafe shops are located near the Boulevard main street.
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Santa Clara city centre in Leoncio Vidal Park, in Los Framboyanes Square and in Sandino Park near the stadium.
Exuberarte Fashion Festival - annually Exuberarte
Exuberarte is an annual summer fashion event held in Santa Clara on the city main square, the all leading and the most talented Cuban designers will be participating in this fashion event.
Fashion Shows are taking place in city centre Leoncio Vidal park. The main objectives of Exuberarte is to recognize the professionalism and achievements of the textile initiatives in Villa Clara province, to facilitate exchanges between artists and market, entrance is free to the public.
It time to ban horses as public transportation in city of Santa Clara.
If you are in Santa Clara you must visit Cayo Santa Maria beaches.
Waters around the Cays are full of tropical colourful fish and coral reefs.
Casa Gobernador is the most elegant restaurant in the city. More info
Popular Restaurants & Bars in Santa Clara
La Casa Del Gobernador, restaurant and bar
The most elegant and atmospheric restaurant in Santa Clara, has patio bar in open-air interior courtyard of the old colonial home. The food is delicious and very affordable. Speciality: Pizza al la Gobernador, Criolla and Cuban cuisine, at evenings there's a live music.
Open every day from 11am to 12pm, Address: Calle Independencia Boulevard and Bruno Zayas city center, tel: (42) 20-2273
La Alborada, restaurant and barSanta Clara's fashion models
A la Carte modern restaurant. Speciality: Cuban and Internacional cuisine
Open every day from 10am to 12pm, Address: in Hotel America Calle Mujica, Colon & Maceo, at park Vidal, tel: (42) 20-1585
Museum of Decorative Arts
Museo de las Artes Decorativas dating back to 1810, found in colonial mansions, located in the ancestral home of the Carta family, is
one of the most attractive building in Sanata Clara, facing Leoncio Vidal central park.
The exposition include furniture collections of 18th and the 19th centuries, the furnishings and paintings which belonged to the local affluent families. Particularly interesting are the objects donated by the Cuban poetess Dulce María Loynaz, items are influenced by the Neoclassical, Rococo and Imperial Cuban styles.
The dining room has an extraordinary collection of china and "linaiero" a piece of furniture containing a filter through which drinking water was passed into an earthenware jar. Tinajeros were used in all Cuban colonial homes and may still be found, preserved as a family heirloom, in many modern dwellings.
Museum is defiantly worth to visit with very interesting paintings collection.
Modern hotel in Santa Clara in the city center, ideal for travellers who wish to enjoy visits to city historical sites, or as a starting point to travel to unforgettable idyllic beaches of Cayo Santa Maria.
America offer a personalized service, bar, La Alborada restaurant and swimming pool. All rooms are very comfortable with air conditioning, telephone, TV, safe & minibar.;
Santa Clara History
Santa Clara was founded on July 1689, large families, a priest and a governor came from the coastal city of San Juan de los Remedios. The population of Remedios was torn between the option of leaving their city, constantly besieged by pirate attacks, they arrive to the hill where they rejoined the other two existing families. A mass was given under a Tamarind tree and the city was born. Since then, the place under the tree is known as Loma Del Carmen, Carmens Hill.
A second generation church exists in a beautiful park along the place with a monument commemorating the event surrounded by a fourth generation Tamarind tree.
At its beginnings, the settlement was called Cayo Nuevo, then Dos Cayos, Villa Nueva de Santa Clara, Pueblo Nuevo de Anton Diaz, Villa Clara and finally Santa Clara.
Construction of the city began not far from Carmens Hill. Following the Spanish standards, a perfect squared layout with a central plaza Plaza Mayor today Parque Vidal. The first buildings erected were the Cabildo City Council and a modest palms tree church.
This building was enhanced in 1725 to a brick one, and stayed the center of the Parque Vidal until August of 1923 when it was torn down to expand the plaza and build a new church. The position of Santa Clara city made it a great communication link, east-west and north-south. By the 19th century, Santa Clara was bigger and more populated than the rest of the towns around, including what was once Remedios. As a necessary stop between Havana and the east of Cuba, the city gained the title of Las Villas province capital. La Caridad Theater
The one of the seven theaters from the Colonial era in Cuba
Teatro de la Caridad, unique Charity Theatre is housed in an 18th century mansion which belonged to the Sanchez Iznaga family. Constructed in various types of architecture and illustrates by the techniques used during the Colonial period.
The theatre has beautiful porch with slim columns, a fashioned iron balustrade and wooden beams.
Teatro de la Caridad has a great collection of instruments and accessories of the Colonial time. Remedios town
San Juan de los Remedios 500 years of history - originally called Santa Cruz de la Sabana, It is recognized as the eighth oldest city in Cuba, located 20km north of Santa Clara. It was declared a city by Isabel the Second, Queen of Spain, when the Cuba was still a colony.
The main attraction in the Plaza Isabel II is the Iglesia Mayor, Church of San Juan Bautista containing beautifully decorated gold altars. The city was under constant siege by pirates, famous El Olones corsair.
Therefore the gold was hidden under white paint. In a renovation that took place in 1944, thanks to the generous Cuban millionaire Eutimio Falla Bonet, the real gold under the paint were re discovered.
Remedios is distinguished for its Christmas festival, Las Parrandas de Remedios, one of the most popular events of the region that takes place every year from 16th to the 26th of December, is considered the oldest festival in Cuba.
Hotel Barcelona New boutique hotel at privileged location in Remedios town center, few steps from the oldest church in Cuba. Known for the Christmas festival Las Parrandas de Remedios.
Standard room average rate, breakfast included, per person, double room occupancy € 37
Hotel Mascotte Colonial architectural style, combines modernity with colonial environment, a small hotel in an old 18th century colonial house. Has high ceilings, long windows balconies that overlook main square.
Standard room average rate, breakfast included, per person, double room occupancy € 26
Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Las Brujas
Cayos, ideal setting for perfect island vacation, It is located at the north of Santa Clara, linked to the mainland via a 48km causeway. Cubas newest resort area
With only few all-inclusive resorts and no towns, it remains secluded a perfect spot for beach relaxing holidays.
The most popular Scuba Diving and Snorkelling spots in Cuba
Cayo Santa Maria pristine reefs contain unspoiled corals and schools of colourful fish.
With more than 50 km of spectacular beaches, soft white sand with palm trees and mangroves and nearly 200 species of birds such as: herons, ibis, pelicans, cormorants and oystercatchers. UNESCO has declared the region a Biosphere Reserve, it's now a great destination for ecotourism, to get a bit closer to nature.
Ecological trails are available for hiking, guided jungle tours give visitors a close look at plants, flowers, trees and waterfalls. Jeep safari adventures, and the catamaran journeys that boast magnificent views.
The waters surrounding the island are a delight for deep sea fishing, scuba diving snorkelling, or Sea-Do riding. Impressive memorial of John Paul II statue, commemorating Pope John Paul II historic trip to Cuba in 1998. The statue came from Rome as a gift from Vatican, was placed at the site of John Paul's first Mass during his visit. Pope John Paul II monument
Reasons to visit Santa Clara:Santa Clara - Villa Clara
Memorial of Pope John Paul II, honour his historic visit in Santa Clara in 1998.
Monument of Ernesto Che Guevara and the museum, outlook his live in Cuba.
Museum of Decorative Arts with impressive collection of Colonial decoratives.
Art Gallery in Leoncio Vidal park, displays art work of modern Cuban artists.
The last battle of the revolution, Che Guevara use bulldogger to stop the train.
La Caridad Theater, is one of the seven big theaters from the colonial era.
Parque Leoncio Vidal, park in city center neo classic and colonial buildings.
Iconic statue of Boy with the leaking boot, statue of Marta Abreu in Vidal park.
Parque Tudury known as Parque del Carmen neo classical Iglesia de Carmen.
Monument of Che on Plaza de la Revolucion Ernesto Che Guevara, with a huge bronze statue of the Ernesto Che Guevara, you can enter from the National Highway, in distance just 1km. Che Guevara
Under the monument is a museum of Che Guevara Museo Historico de la Revolucion, with good displays about Che life in Cuba.
Every year more than 250 000 Cubans and foreigners visit the Ernesto Guevara sculptural complex, the remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia have been interred at this site, the Mausoleum is open to the public.