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The province of Villa Clara, in Cuba’s central region, is a must for thousands of foreign vacationers who visit the Caribbean Island every year.

San Juan de los Remedios (1514), the eighth village founded by the Spanish conquistadors, was the first village in this region of the Cuban territory, inhabited by aborigines engaged in recollection, hunting and fishing before Spanish colonization.

In 1689, people from Remedios who fled the village escaping from the attacks of corsairs and pirates founded the city of Santa Clara, which today is the provincial capital of Villa Clara.

Dozens of kilometers of beautiful pristine beaches and a unique natural environment have turned the province into one of the most promising and fastest-growing tourist destinations in Cuba’s leisure industry.

The region’s tourist infrastructure includes game preserves and artificial reservoirs for trout fishing, in addition to tourist facilities on the keys, which are linked to mainland by a 50-km (32-mile) causeway over the sea.

The fastest-growing area in the region is Cayo Santa María, where some hotels have been built, and new projects are underway to increase the total number of rooms to 5,000. Add to this an air terminal and a runway on Cayo Las Brujas to receive small- and mid-size planes.

In addition, the northern municipalities of Sagua la Grande and Caibarien hold the Fauna Reserve of the Northern Keys.

Covering some 80,000 hectares, the reserve is a safe haven for huge colonies of flamingos, as well as endemic species such as lizards and mollusks, in addition to nearly 250 plant species, 40 of which are ornamental.

The keys also hold vestiges of pre-Columbian cultures in caverns near the beach, and visitors can enjoy beautiful seascapes, which are an excellent option for ecological tourism.

From the keys, vacationers can take excursions to the Caimán Grande lighthouse and the San Pascual ship, a crown jewel of naval industry, which has been transformed into a floating hotel.

For travelers interested in health tourism, the Elguea spa, in Villa Clara, welcomes them with its mineral-medicinal waters and a wide range of therapeutic treatments.

Nature tourism is present at the Hanabanilla Hotel, which has 125 rooms equipped with all the amenities demanded by modern tourism and where guests are in direct contact with nature.

Nature lovers can also stay at Villa Carrusel La Granjita, an ideal place for family tourism where good services and tranquility prevail. The hotel is surrounded by palms, fruit trees and coconut groves.

Other hotels in the city of Villa Clara are the 95-room Los Caneyes, which resembles aboriginal houses from in the pre-Columbian period, and the Santa Clara Libre Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in central Cuba.

Attractions
“Ernesto Che Guevara” Memorial Museum
Museums
Ave. de los Desfiles, Plaza de la Revolucion
Villa Clara
“Festivity of Remedios” Museum
Museums
Calle Máximo Gomez No. 71 e/ Alejandro Río y Andres del Río
Villa Clara
“La Caridad” Theater
Theaters
Calle Parque Vidal e/ Lorda y Máximo Gomez
Villa Clara
“Nuestra Señora del Carmen” Church
Monuments
Calle Carolina Rodríguez esq. a Conyedo
Villa Clara
Bolívar Convention Center
Institutions
Carretera de Maleza km 1½
Villa Clara
Historical-Urban Center of the City of Remedios
Urban Historic Centers
Remedios
Villa Clara
House where the artist Wilfredo Lam was born
Museums
Calle Carmen Ribalta No. 334 e/ Heredia y Betances
Villa Clara
Iglesia de la Purísima Concepcion
Churches-Places of Cult
Calle Carmen Ribalta No. 188
Villa Clara
Iglesia de la Santísima Madre del Buen Pastor (La Pastora)
Churches-Places of Cult
Calle Síndico No. 4 e/ Cuba y Villuendas
Villa Clara
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje
Churches-Places of Cult
Calle Union No. 51 esq. a Buen Viaje
Villa Clara
Leoncio Vidal Park
Parks
Calles Marta Abreu, Rafael Tristá, Máximo Gomez y Luis Estevez
Villa Clara
Monument to the Strike and Taking on the Armored Train
Monuments
Ave. Liberacion
Villa Clara
Museo de la Música “Alejandro García Caturla”
Museums
Calle Camilo Cienfuegos No. 5
Villa Clara
Museo de la Música “Rodrigo Prats Llorens”
Undefined
Calle Solís No. 170 e/ Martí y Maceo
Villa Clara
Museo Municipal “Francisco Javier Balmaseda”
Museums
Calle General Maceo No. 56 e/ Fe del Valle y Ave. General Carrillo
Villa Clara
Museo Municipal de Caibarien “María Escobar Laredo”
Museums
Ave. 9na. e/ 8 y 10
Villa Clara
Museo Municipal de Sagua la Grande
Museums
Calle Martí No. 68, Altos, e/ Calixto García y Carmen Rivalta
Villa Clara
National Museum of Decorative Arts
Museums
Calle Marta Abreu esq. a Luis Estevez
Villa Clara
Palacio de Justicia
Monuments
Carretera Central e/ Paseo de la Paz y Alemán
Villa Clara
Provincial Museum of History
Museums
Ciudad Escolar Abel Santamaría, Reparto Osvaldo Herrera
Villa Clara
Salto del Hanabanilla (Hanabanilla Waterfall)
Attractive Landscapes
Manicaragua
Villa Clara
San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist) Parish Church
Churches-Places of Cult
Calle Camilo Cienfuegos No. 20
Villa Clara
San Pascual Ship
Historic Sites
Cayo Frances
Villa Clara
Santa Iglesia Catedral Santa Clara de Asís
Churches-Places of Cult
Calle Marta Abreu No. 113 esq. a Lubián
Villa Clara

Destinations  
Villa Clara


Hotels  
Carrusel La Granjita, Villa
Nature
Carretera de Maleza km. 2 ½
Villa Clara
Elguea, Hotel & SPA
Nature
Corralillo
Villa Clara
Hanabanilla, Hotel
Nature
Salto del Hanabanilla
Villa Clara
Las Brujas, Villa
Beach
Farallon de las Brujas, Punta Periquillo
Villa Clara
Los Caneyes, Hotel
City
Ave. de los Eucaliptos y Circunvalacion de Santa Clara
Villa Clara
Mascotte, Hotel
City
Calle Máximo Gomez No. 114 e/ P. Margal y A. del Río
Villa Clara
Sol Cayo Santa María, Hotel
Beach
Cayo Santa María
Villa Clara

Nightlife  
Salon Primavera
Nightclub
Calle Máximo Gomez No. 51
Villa Clara

Restaurants  
La Concha
International cuisine
Carretera Central esq. a Danielito, Plaza Ernesto Che Guevara
Villa Clara

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