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Tourist come to Santa Clara to visit museum of Che Guevara and to experience unique Cuban culture. Santa Clara is located 274 km / 170 miles east of Havana. City has beautiful central park named after a Colonel Leoncio Vidal, who died in a battle in this square 1896. The museum of Decorative Colonial Art offers collection of Colonial decorative art and furnitures, Art Gallery is located in Parque Vidal.

Notice - City of Santa Clara is overrated, offer scaled down night entrainment.

Santa Clara city center

Leoncio Vidal charming square is the most popular park and 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 fountain Nino de la Bota.

WiFi Spots: Parque Vidal and Beatles square city centre, in Sandino Bar and Los Framboyanes square.

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"Exuberarte" summer fashion festival   Exuberarte Festival go
Annual fashion event held in Santa Clara city main square, leading and the most talented Cuban fashion designers are participating in this fashion event. Fashion shows are taking place in Leoncio Vidal park. The main objectives of Exuberarte is to recognize the professionalism and achievements of the textile initiatives in province ofVilla Clara and the exchanges between artists and the market, the entrance is free to the public.
Santa Clara city center
It is time to ban Horses as public transportation in city of Santa Clara.
Cocheros, the coachmen’s brutally abused and maltreated the horses. Nobody, the police or the city of Santa Clara is doing nothing about this big problem. Santa Clara must eliminate horses as the city transportation Now!  Report the problem to CEDA Cuba

If you are in Santa Clara you must visit Cayo Santa Maria the waters around cays are full of tropical colourful fishes and white sand beaches. More info
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Popular restaurants and bars 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
Elegant and atmospheric restaurant with patio bar in open-air interior courtyard of the old colonial home. The food is affordable, speciality: Pizza al la Gobernador, Criolla and Cuban cuisine, at evenings there's a live music.
Address: Calle Independencia Boulevard and Bruno Zayas city center.

La Alborada restaurant
A la Carte modern restaurant. Speciality: Cuban and Internacional cuisine
Address: Hotel America Calle Mujica, Colon / Maceo, near Park Vidal

Santa Clara Libre Pizza restaurant
Stylish Spanish style pizza restaurant, the best pizza in Santa Clara. Address: Hotel Santa Clara Libre basement, Park Vidal

Vidal Park Santa Clara city center
Museum of Decorative Art
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.

Museum of Decorative Arts Museum of Decorative Arts Museum of Decorative Arts

  Accommodation in Santa Clara

Hotel Central 4 Stars Hotel Central
Landmark hotel is overlooking the main square Parque Vidal. Featuring a sun terrace, selection of international cuisine in the on-site restaurant. Each room is air conditioned and has flat-screen satellite TV
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Hotel America 4 Stars Hotel America
Modern hotel in city centre, offer pool bar, restaurant, comfortable rooms and an outdoor swimming pool. All rooms are equipped with a closet, private bathroom with a bath. Each room is air conditioned and has flat-screen satellite TV.
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Hotel La Granjita 3 Stars Hotel La Granjita
Located among Coco palms 5 km from the city, with cozy tranquil atmosphere and direct contact with nature. Two storey bungalows, scattered among beautiful vegetation, has large swimming pool. Each room is air conditioned and satellite TV.
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Hotel Los Caneyes 3 Stars Hotel Los Caneyes
Surrounded by eucalyptus trees, quiet hotel imitate houses before Columbus. Offer all comfort and services: massage, acupressure, fangotherapy, swimming pool and night fashion show. Each room is air conditioned and satellite TV.
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Hotel Santa Clara Libre 2 Stars Hotel Santa Clara Libre
Hotel facing the Leoncio Vidal Park city centre, flanked by La Caridad theater. When the night falls, top roof Bar and Disco-club invite all guests, at the basement is stylish Spanish style pizza restaurant, best pizza in Santa Clara. Each room is air conditioned and has flat-screen satellite TV.
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History of Santa Clara
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.

  Caridad Theater today   Caridad Theater today   Caridad Theater today   Caridad Theater today
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 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.

Barcelona Hotel in Remedios 4 Stars Hotel Barcelona
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 and a flat-screen satellite TV.
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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 and a flat-screen satellite TV.
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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

Cayo Santa Maria
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 declared the region a Biosphere Reserve, it's now a great destination for ecotourism, to get a bit closer to nature.

Cayo Santa Maria beach

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
Vidal Park1 Pedestrian Boulevard2 City Library3 Museum of Decorative Arts4 Memorial of Pope John Paul II5 La Caridad Theater6 Museum Ernesto Che Guevara7

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Santa Clara places:
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 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.
Ernesto Che Guevara
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 of 1 km  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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