Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje
East of center is this riotous mix of Gothic, Romanesque and neoclassical architecture.
Estatua Che y Niño
Far more intimate and intricate a monument than its big brother on the other side of town, this statue in front of the Officina de la...
Fábrica de Tabacos Constantino Pérez Carrodegua
Santa Clara's tobacco factory, one of Cuba's best, makes a quality range of Montecristos, Partagás and Romeo y Julieta cigars. Tours...
El Bar Club Boulevard
This much-talked-about cocktail lounge has live bands and dancing, plus the odd humor show. It generally gets swinging about 11pm.
The town's best peso restaurant is a tiny hole-in-the-wall a block east of Parque Vidal. The walls are adorned with imaginative cartoons...
Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado information
History was made at the site of this small boxcar museum on December 29, 1958, when Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of 18 rifle-wielding revolutionaries barely out of their teens derailed an armored train using a borrowed bulldozer and homemade Molotov cocktails.
The battle lasted 90 minutes and improbably pulled the rug out from under the Batista dictatorship, ushering in 50 years of Fidel Castro. The museum – east on Independencia, just over the river – marks the spot where the train derailed and ejected its 350 heavily armed government troops. The celebrated bulldozer is mounted on its own plinth at the entrance.