Santa Clara, Cuba

Discover this city known as “Liberal City”, full of historical spots and young atmosphere.

Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Santa Clara
© Guillaume Baviere

Santa Clara is the capital city of the province of Villa Clara and a great starting point to visit almost every place of Cuba. The city was founded in 1689 by several families honored in a monument formed by columns in the square of the Iglesia del Carmen Church. In 1692 it grew up so quickly due to a great fire that emptied the streets of Remedios, moving the population to Santa Clara.

 

It played an important role in the fight for independence, both in the Ten Years War in Cuba and Santa Clara Battle, when the capital city was military taken by the major Ernesto Che Guevara in December 1958.

Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Santa Clara, Villa Clara
© Chris Michael

The famous city of Che is not only well-known for its grandiose monuments but also for its lively atmosphere. This so called “liberal city” has a really energetic nightlife. It houses the second most prestigious university in the country, so it has an academic and young atmosphere, mixing music, theater and dance made in Cuba for Cubans, as well as impromptu concerts, drags shows and heavy metal.

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