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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 [...]
A true visual delight in Santa Clara city center is the fully functioning Marta Abreu Train Station. Operated by the Cuban state company Ferrocarriles de Cuba (FFCC) it is located in front of Parque de los Martires. Due to its geographically central location in Cuba, it is one of the most important railway stations on the island and, along with Havana Central Station, Santiago and Camaguey it is the rail network’s main divisional headquarter. Inaugurated in 1860 as part of [...]
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 [...]