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Villa Clara, Cuba

Visit Villa Clara, Cuba, with a great nightlife, history of the revolution and wonderful places to relax 

Villa Clara, Cuba
Villa Clara
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Strategically located in the center of Cuba, Villa Clara has always been the nucleus for colonizers and revolutionaries fighting for material goods. Pirates were a problem for the first years of Colonialism in the first city of the island, Remedios, later abandoned due to a great fire. Its population increased again with the arrival of Canary people who brought agricultural knowledge for tobacco plantations with them. 

 

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Villa Clara, Che Monument
Che Monument
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Ernesto Che Guevara was neither born nor did he die here, but this is where the Cuban Revolution took place. This happened in 1958, when Che, and a group of supporters derailed an armored train carrying more than 350 armed soldiers from the east, saving Santa Clara from the Batista dictatorship.

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

This place has many reasons to be such an attraction, for its mixture of somber tobacco plantations and calming lakes. The city of Santa Clara is one of the most visited places in the country, filled with key historic places regarding the Cuban Revolution and housing a vibrant nightlife. In the south of city you’ll find the quiet Embalse Hanabanilla Reservoir, in the Escambray hills. 

The calm Remedios is the oldest place in Villa Clara and is only lively during the wild Las Parrandas Festival. Further north we will find Caibarién, a picturesque fishing city with a very hospitable population where the fresh breeze of the sea is breathed through the city all throughout year. Moreover, we can take delight in an endless amount of small and idyllic islands with fine sands and crystalline waters, the Cayerías del Norte (Northern Archipelago), connected to Caibarién by a long road above the sea.

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