Things to see and do - Santa Clara
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Santa Clara Travel guide
Santa Clara : Michelin's recommendations
Santa Clara lies on the north slopes of the Sierra del Escambray, midway between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. The vivacity of this provincial capital is in contrast to the torpor which prevails in surrounding rural towns, and is partly thanks to the many students attending the university here. This ambience is best savoured in Parque Leoncio Vidal, where each weekend local bands gather for open-air dances. Events at the late-19C Teatro de la Caridad provide further cultural diversion.
Tourist attractions Santa Clara : Things to see and do
This fine building (1740) is now a museum, recounting the history of Cuban furniture and decorative arts from the 17C in a superb recreation of period settings. It is worth being accompanied by a guide in order to get the most out of the visit.
Plaza de la Revolución
Santa Clara was the scene of a decisive battle between Che Guevara and Batista, who subsequently fled into exile. This square commemorates the cult of Guevara, with an underground mausoleum where the guerilla leader and six comrades lie in surroundin..