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City of Santa Clara is surrounded by hills, tourist come here to see Che Guevara museum. Santa Clara is located 274 km east of Havana, through the national highway. Its wonderful to visit Santa Clara, city offer pleasant relaxing atmosphere. 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.
This 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.

If you are looking for a decent cup'o joe in Santa Clara, the best cafe shop "Cafe Colao" is just one block from the centre parque Vidal. Opened recently to rise of coffee culture in this city, Cafe Colao offer a wide selection of coffee and tea.

Cafe Colao
Cafe Colao - address: Calle Cespedes #7 e/ Placido y Maceo     Hours: Mon - Sun: 7:00 am - 11:45 pm
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Santa Clara city center


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HOTEL LOS CANEYES Hotel price per person, for double room occupancy.
LOS CANEYES   3 Stars  Select Hotel
Situated 2 km from Santa Clara center nestled among eucalyptus trees. Nice quiet hotel, swimming pool bar, nightly fashion show.
Villa La Granjita VILLA LA GRANJITA  3 Stars  Select Hotel
Situated among beautiful palms, 5 km from airport. Offer cozy - tranquil atmosphere, direct contact with nature, swimming pool.
Hotel America AMERICA  3 Stars  Select Hotel
Recently opened modern hotel in city center, near park Vidal.
Personalized service, restaurant, bar, TV, safe, swimming pool.
Santa Clara Libre Hotel SANTA CLARA LIBRE  2 Stars  Select Hotel
Situated Santa Clara city center, facing the Leoncio Vidal Park,
flanked by La Caridad Theater. Hotel has roof Bar and Disco.
Hotel America in city center

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BARCELO CAYO SANTA MARIA BARCELO CAYO SANTA MARIA 5 Stars   Select Hotel
All inclusive resort on paradise beach ideal place for your holiday, surrounded by palms & blue sea. Rate for Junior-Suite
MELIA LAS DUNAS MELIA LAS DUNAS   5 Stars  Select Hotel
All inclusive resort at a pristine stretch of beach, perfectly integrated with its natural surroundings, offers varied recreational activities.
MELIA CAYO SANTA MARIA MELIA CAYO ST MARIA  5 Stars   Select Hotel
All inclusive resort directly on the long white beach, for enjoyment of couples and families, surrounded by blue sea.
IBEROSTAR ENSENACHOS IBEROSTAR ENSENACHOS 5 Stars  Select Hotel
All inclusive resort on the most beautiful beaches in whole Cuba.
Set in an secluded area of natural beauty.
SOL CAYO SANTA MARIA SOL CAYO ST MARIA 4 Stars   Select Hotel
All inclusive resort, place for interacting with paradise & bungalow,
sight of amazing colors, resort is surrounded by beautiful beaches.
VILLA LAS BRUJAS VILLA LAS BRUJAS 3 Stars  Select Hotel   play video Cruise
Situated at the coast of Cayo Santa Maria place for nature tourism and beach lovers, the catamaran excursion and scuba diving.
Cayo Santa Maria beach
If you are in Santa Clara you must visit Cayo Santa Maria, just 120 km.
Waters around the cays are full of tropical colourful fish, and coral reefs.
Casa Gobernador is the most elegant restaurant in the city. 
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Popular Restaurants in Santa Clara

La Casa Del Gobernador, restaurant and bar
 La Casa del Gobernador Restaurant  La Casa del Gobernador Restaurant  La Casa del Gobernador patio 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 bar  play video Beautiful models from Santa Clara
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


Vidal Park Santa Clara city center
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.

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3 Stars Hotel America
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.  Hotel America Booking

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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.

  Caridad Theater 1899   Santa Clara City Center 1930   Park in Santa Clara 1900   Entrance Arc to Santa Clara 1930
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.


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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
Oldest church in Remedios Oldest church in Remedios
San Juan de los Remedios 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.

Barcelona Hotel in Remedios 4 Stars 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
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Mascotte Hotel in Remedios 3 Stars 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
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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.

Cayo Santa Maria beach
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Cayo Santa Maria Maria la Gorda snorkeling Bay of Pigs - Zapata Ancon peninsula Tinidad
Cayo Santa Maria Maria La Gorda Bay of Pigs Trinidad Ancon

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.


Pop John Paul II Memorial in Santa Clara
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


Vidal Park Pedestrian Boulevard City Library Museum of Decorative Arts Memorial of Pope John Paul II La Caridad Theater Museum Ernesto Che Guevara Cayo Santa Maria Beach Cayo Santa Maria
Vidal Park1 Pedestrian Boulevard2 City Library3 Museum of Decorative Arts4 Memorial of Pope John Paul II5 La Caridad Theater6 Museum Ernesto Che Guevara7 Cayo Santa Maria8 Beach Cayo Santa Maria9

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Reasons to visit Santa Clara:   play video Santa Clara - Villa Clara
point Memorial of Pope John Paul II, honour his historic visit in Santa Clara in 1998.
point Monument of Ernesto Che Guevara and the museum, outlook his live in Cuba.
point Museum of Decorative Arts with impressive collection of Colonial decoratives.
point Art Gallery in Leoncio Vidal park, displays art work of modern Cuban artists.
point The last battle of the revolution, Che Guevara use bulldogger to stop the train.
point La Caridad Theater, is one of the seven big theaters from the colonial era.
point Parque Leoncio Vidal, park in city center neo classic and colonial buildings.
point Iconic statue of Boy with the leaking boot, statue of Marta Abreu in Vidal park.
point 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.


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