Santa Clara founded in 1689 is 276 km from Havana. The architectural structure of this city is mainly based in the colonial style, with perpendicular streets and houses with porches. Vidal Park, in the center of Santa Clara, is probably one of the most typical places of Cuba. Santa Clara was the scenery of the important Battle of Santa Clara in late 1958. It’s also the place of the mausoleum, which houses the remains of Che Guevara, and his fellow combatants killed in Bolivia in 1967. There’s also a museum devoted to Guevara’s life, and a reconstruction of the train derailed by Guevara during the Battle of Santa Clara.
San Juan de los Remedios, known as Remedios, is a city and municipality located 4.8 km from the northern coast of Cuba, less than an hour drive to key beach resorts. Remedios is the cradle of the Parrandas, one of the most popular events of the region considered the oldest festivities in Cuba and possibly the Caribbean’s largest and oldest traditional festivity. “Las Parrandas de Remedios” takes place in December every year.
Villa Clara keys
Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa María are small islands in the northern coast of the central province of Villa Clara and are part of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, very close to the second largest coral barrier reef in the world. It's a tropical paradise in an almost virgin environment, with several kilometers of excellent sugary-white sand beaches, renowned for their immaculate landscape of incredible beauty, crystal-clear waters of varying shades of blues and greens, fringed by autochthonous vegetation. The ecosystem is an important natural reserve and was declared World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Cayo Ensenachos with beaches stretching more than 2.6 km in length, is the smallest of the keys, and is regarded by many as the one having the best beaches. Shaped like a horseshoe, the islet was originally an aboriginal settlement. Cayo Santa María, where several resorts are located, is 13 km long and 2 km in width. These keys are perfect for bathing, water sports, and relax. Great care has been taken to ensure that the resorts not only complements but also takes full advantage of these untouched natural surroundings.
The keys are connected to mainland, near Caibarién town, by a 48 km long scenic causeway (pedraplén) stretching over the sea. There is also a domestic airport at Cayo Las Brujas with daily flights from/to Havana. Abel Santa María International Airport in Santa Clara City is 116 km away. From Havana are available one-day excursions to the keys.