About Villa Clara Cuba Villa Clara province covers 8,413.13 km2 (3,248.33 sq mi) and an immense†stretch of Cuba's popular northern coast incorporating the exotic†Jardines del Rey islands of Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria. Villa Clara is located in the central region of the island bordering with the Atlantic Ocean at north, Matanzas Province to the west, Sancti Spiritus Province to the east, and Cienfuegos Province on the South. With a population of approximately 860,000 the province is one of Cuba’s largest income per capita regions and an important center for both coastal and ecological tourism. Villa Clara shares with Cienfuegos and Sancti Spiritus on the south the Escambray Mountain Range. Its main cities are the capital city of Santa Clara, Remedios, Sagua La Grande, Camajuani, Caibarien, Ranchuelo, Placetas, and Manicaragua. Not to be missed is the city of Remedios, historic center of Cuban history and the base of Cuba's most popular festival held in December each year. Aside from the beach resorts Villa Clara also has a strong ecotourism infrastructure. The people of Villa Clara have been some of Cuba's fastest adopters in the nascent self employment sector, with Remedios being an often cited national model, featuring excellent well run [...]
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Santa Clara is home to a mausoleum in which the remains of Che Guevara and six of his fellow combatants are located. The complete area features a 6.7 meter (22 foot) bronze statue of Che and is referred to locally as the Ernesto Guevara Sculptural Complex. Che Guevara was buried with full military honors on 17 October 1997 after his exhumed remains were discovered in Bolivia and returned to the land in which he remains a national hero of almost [...]
Santa Clara was officially founded on July 15, 1689 by just 175 people. Two large families represented 138 of the fledgling town's population. These families had already been living in the area and, consequently, were already owners of land next to the new city. The remaining 37 came from 7 different families, a priest and a governor. All of this final group originated from the coastal city of San Juan de los Remedios and is made†up from†predominantly people who had [...]
One of Santa Clara's most popular tourism venues has to be the Parque de los Martires or the Park of the Martyrs. Located only a few blocks from Parque del Carmen, in front of Santa Clara railway station it is within walking distance of the historical center of the city. Built in triangular form, its center piece is a shortened column, the only one in rural Cuba, it was erected in honor of those fighters who lost their lives in [...]
Santa Clara certainly has a tumultuous past, being the site of the final decisive battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958. It was also the base for two guerrilla columns that attacked the city, one led by Cuba's fallen hero Ernesto Che Guevara and the other led by General Camilo Cienfuegos. Prior to these recent events Santa Clara was a hotbed for corsairs and pirates with the adjoining city of Remedios being under constant attack. In fact the initial [...]
Hotel America Santa Clara is located in the very center of the Santa Clara City†and just†next to the Leoncio Vidal Park and Cuban monument. Facing one of the most beautiful parks in Cuba, Hotel America is surrounded by buildings of outstanding architectural prominence, along with more modern ones. Outstanding buildings near the Hotel America by Cubanacan are the La Caridad Theater, the Jose Marti Library and the Hotel Santa Clara Libre, amongst others; all lend an inimitable beauty to the [...]