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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 [...]
A perfect place to visit if you enjoy live music is Santa Clara's Parque Vidal but, make sure you ask for the specific day because it varies (but it is weekly) when the City's Philharmonic Band plays in the†center of it, at the Glorieta (gazebo) which was erected in 1911 and is still serving for public concerts. Parque Vidal is a park located in the geographical center of Santa Clara, Cuba, and covers an entire square block of the city. [...]
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 [...]