Villa Clara Province is the second largest producer of sugar
in Cuba, with other crops, particularly tobacco, playing an
important part in the local economy. In the south, the mountain
resort of Hanabanilla in the Escambray Mountains is being
primed for tourism. It is this area's natural beauty which
holds most appeal to the visitor.
Historically, Villa Clara, one of the country's central provinces,
has been regarded as one of the most strategically important
areas of Cuba, although the area has yet to be recognised
as one of Cuba's premier tourist destinations, there are some
good beaches in the north and the capital of the province,
Santa Clara, home to one of the country's four universities,
is interesting enough to warrant a visit.
A buzzing provincial town, with a pleasant
Parque Central, Santa Clara is most famous for its connection
with Che Guevara, whose attack on a Batista troop train in
the city in December 1958 helped persuade the dictator that
his days were numbered.
This provincial capital is well worth visiting,
beyond the suburbs you'll find a buzzing place with streets lively
with people going about their daily lives, and the city benefits
from having a large student population. The centre seems well looked
after and relatively litter-free. A startling sight to anyone arriving
There are some interesting museums worth taking in and the small brick red-tiled houses lend themselves to an atmosphere of calm and discretion. For most people the area Parque Vidal is the most eventful place in the city, as well as being the geographical heart of the city, it is also its social centre and there is usually some sort of entertainment going on at weekends. A monument marks the spot where revolutionary hero Leoncio Vidal was killed , and benches line the promenades that cross and circle the park. On the plaza's north.
This town is a typical, but beautiful, example of Spanish colonial architecture. The intrusion of the sugar and cattle industries have not detracted from its laid-back atmosphere. The centre is marked by the Plaza Marti and, as with all Spanish cities, the streets span out from the Plaza with well thought out symmetry. The Plaza Marti is similar in style to the Plaza Mayor in Trinidad.
Other interesting things to see are The Museum of the Remedion Parrandas and The Church of San Juan Batista de Remedios.