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Villa Clara Cuba ( Las Villas )

Villa Clara is located in the central part of Cuba and borders on the Caribbean Sea to the north, on Matanzas province to the west, on Sancti Spiritus province to the east and on Cienfuegos province to the south. Its capital is Santa Clara city, considered an important junction through which the old central road, the national highway and the central railway pass.
This prosperous province has a surface area of 8,662 square kilometers (3,092 square miles) and a population of around 825,800 inhabitants. Its highest point is the Alturas de Santa Clara, at 464m (1,520 ft.) above sea level.
 

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The northern coast is lined with ports and bays and contains many fish cooperatives and sandy beaches. This coast also has numerous small cays, scrublands, mangroves and coral reefs near the shoreline.

Moreover, it has numerous lakes, which are used for both water sports and fishing. The largest Cuban river flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, Sagua la Grande river, is also in this province.

Villa Clara is a very industrial area of Cuba, with several large sugar mills and the most important refrigerator and cooker factory in the country, which provide employment to many people.


The mining industry is also an important ecomomy resource, with gold and pyrite deposits, and an oilfield in Motembo. Sugarcane is its major crop; subsistence agriculture is also practiced, and there is some cattle rising.

Villa Clara has a prosperous tourist industry, with special interest for nature tourists.

Comfortable hotels have been built in some of the most beautiful spots in Santa Clara, Remedios, Hanabanilla and some keys, to facilitate your enjoyment of nature.

Castle of the Real Force, Havana Cuba

The best time to visit Villa Clara is December though April is also the most popular time. The weather is at its coolest and driest during these months, yet it's still far warmer than those of North America and Europe.


In the spring and fall, it's off season and this may mean fewer hotel amenities. There are, however, benefits for traveling in the low season: lack of crowds and prices that tumble by up to 25%.

Tops destinations in Villa Clara, Cuba are:


Theater Amadeo Roldan, Havana Cuba

Santa Clara city (1689): known by the indigenous people as "Cubanacan," which means "center of Cuba,” the capital of the province is around 276 kilometers (172 miles) east of Havana and is an industrial and educational center with a solid artistic and cultural movement. In its historic center, the Vidal Park stands out. Around this park there are buildings which transcend as exponents of diverse architectural codes, dating from colonial, neoclassic, eclectic up to postmodernism.
This variety of styles can be distinguished in buildings such as the De La Caridad Theatre, the House of Culture, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Jose Martí Library.

This city is particularly famous because of a mausoleum in which the remains of an important Guerrilla leader, Ernesto Che Guevara, lie, along with sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during the Bolivia campaign.


Other interest sites in the Santa Clara region is the Loma del Capiro (Capiro’s Hill) and the monument to the Asalto al Tren Blindado (Assault on Armored Train), places of indubitable historic value where decisive battles were waged against the Batista tyranny (1952-1959).

And the attractions you should visit are:
 
 
Remedios: Close to Santa Clara (49 kilometers-30.5 miles to the East) is the Remedios town, eighth village founded by the Spanish in 1578. In this place, declared a National Monument, there are genuine colonial works containing relics such as the Parroquia Mayor (built in the 16th century), the Buen Viaje church, the House of Las Arcadas, that of the Alférez Real and the birthplace of Alejandro García Caturla, today the Museum of Music.
Corner of the Great_Theater of the Havana ,  Cuba

The city is famous for its Christmas festivities, called Parrandas (Revels of the city of Remedios, one of the most colorful and oldest popular festivities in the country), in wich two 'barrios' (El Carmen and San Salvador) compete the whole night to show the best fireworks.


And the attractions you should visit are:
 
 

East Havana, Santa Maria, Cuba

Caibarien: (about 40,000 inhabitants) Near Remedios city is Caibarien, a maritime town and somewhat marshy shore of a spacious bay of the northern coast of the province.

It serves as a shipping point for agricultural goods, such as sugarcane, tobbaco and fruit, but also serves as a sponge-fishing center.
And the attractions you should visit are:
 
 
Sagua La Grande: (59 000 inhabitants) also known as Villa del Undoso, is a city located in the northern coast of the province. It is on the Sagua la Grande River. Founded in 1817, the coastal city grew to be an important port and commerce center at the beginning of the 20th century. Its economy is based on the sugar, chemical, mechanical and food industries. Cattle raising and fishing are other important economic activities.
Church on 5th Avenue , Miramar. Havana Cuba
Since not much has been built in the recent decades, most of the architecture of the now decaying buildings dates from colonial times.

One of the most beautiful buildings in this city, El Casino Español (The Spanish Casino), built in 1908, was the meeting place for polite society. The city's wide streets and little traffic give it a calm atmosphere. Many important Cuban people came from this town including Joaquin Albarran, Wilfredo Lam, Alfredo Sosabravo, Mel Martinez and many others.


And the attractions you should visit are:
 
 

Hanabanilla: in the Escambray mountain range is the Hanabanilla resort, with a comfortable hotel on the banks of the Hanabanilla River. Its principal attraction is the dam of the same name (the only mountain lake in the island), where the tourists can practice many water sports, such as the fishing freshwater fish or rowing across the lake. Other tourist attractions are trekking, mountain climbing, photo-hunting and watching the beauties of nature.

And the attractions you should visit are:
 
 
Baños de Elguea:
In the northern coast of the Villa Clara province and at 234 kilometers (146 miles approximately) east of Havana is this Spa with medical thermal and mineral waters, and others therapeutic treatments.

It is a popular destination for health tourism programs.
 
 

Cayo Santa Maria: (386 kilometers-241 miles east of Havana) known as "the white rose of the Jardines del Rey Archipelago", Santa Maria is the last and largest of the cays.

It is linked to the main island by an ecological stone causeway built 30 miles (48 km) into the sea, with 45 bridges so as not to adversely affect the ecosystems and sea currents in the area. Santa Maria has a surface area of 5 square miles (13 square km).
It has over six and a half miles (11 km) of white sand beaches, plus a wealth of flora and fauna which can be seen during excursions inland. There is a scuba-diving center with 24 well-chosen diving sites, so you can outfit yourself and see a great variety of coral and fish in its clear water.
 
 
Cayo Las Brujas: is a tiny islet with fine white sand, dazzling sea and virgin nature. It has over a mile (two kilometers) of virgin beaches. Its single cabanas built on a cliff are linked with one another and with the social areas by wooden bridges, so the local animals-which are entirely harmless-can move around freely. In this Cayo there is a large number of endemic plants and animals. Cayo Las Brujas have an aerodrome apt to small and medium-sized airplanes.

 

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