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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The province of Villa Clara covers a land area of†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 situated in the central region of the island†flanking with the Atlantic Ocean at the north, Matanzas Province to the west, Sancti Spiritus Province to the east, and Cienfuegos Province on the South. With a population of approximately [...]
Parque del Carmen is a colonial era plaza hosting a small park centered by Saint Carmen's Church, a colonial structure which originally also included the city’s first school. At the entrance, there is a gray marble monument surrounding a Tamarind tree indicating the foundation of Santa Clara. Each pillar supporting the bar represents the 7 families who moved to the site in 1689 from the town of Remedios near the north coast. Next to the city's historical foundation site is [...]
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 [...]
The Santa Clara Libre is a†popular and†well reviewed†hotel directly on Parque Vidal built in 1950s modernist style 10-stories; mint-green high-rise is perfectly located at the main city center square, Parque Vidal and flanked by La Caridad Theater, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Jose Marti library all right in the center of Santa Clara. The restaurant, located on the top floor, offers delicious Cuban dishes and a beautiful view of the city. An hour's drive to the north will [...]