Top ChoiceMuseum in Holguín

Museo de Historia Provincial

Now a national monument, the building on the northern side of Parque Calixto García was constructed between 1860 and 1868 and was used as a Spanish army barracks during the independence wars. It was nicknamed La...

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Loma de la Cruz

Loma de la Cruz

At the northern end of Maceo, a stairway built in 1950 ascends 465 steps to top a hill (275m) with panoramic views, a restaurant and a 24-hour bar. It's a 20-minute walk from the center or go via bici-taxi...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Holguín

Catedral de San Isidoro

Dazzling white and characterized by its twin domed towers, the Catedral de San Isidoro, one of the town’s original constructions, dates from 1720. Added to over the years, the towers are of 20th-century vintage....

Gallery in Holguín

Centro de Arte

In the southwestern corner of Parque Calixto García is this bright gallery, Holguín's best. It shares space with Biblioteca Alex Urquiola.

Park in Holguín

Parque San José

Holguín's youngest park is also its shadiest, dominated by the Iglesia de San José. The cobbled central square is also known as Parque Céspedes, named for 'Father of the Motherland' Carlos Manuel de Céspedes –...

Factory in Holguín

Fábrica de Órganos

Visitors can tour the only mechanical music-organ factory in Cuba. This small factory produces about six organs a year, as well as guitars and other instruments. A good organ costs between US$10,000 and...

Square in Holguín

Parque Peralta

This square is named for General Julio Grave de Peralta (1834–72), who led an uprising against Spain from Holguín in October 1868. His marble statue (1916) faces the imposing Catedral de San Isidoro. On the...

Square in Holguín

Plaza de la Marqueta

Laid out in 1848, rebuilt in 1918 and renovated only recently, this gleaming square is dominated by bronze busts and an impressive covered marketplace housing a cafe and artisan stalls. Running along the north...

Square in Holguín

Parque Calixto García

This wide, expansive square is more about atmosphere than architecture. It was laid out in 1719 as the original Plaza de Armas and served for many years as the town's meeting point and marketplace. The...

Viewpoint in Holguín

Mirador de Mayabe

The Mirador de Mayabe is a motel-cum-restaurant high on a hill, 10km from Holguín city. It has great views of the lowlands spread out below and gained fame for a beer-drinking donkey named Pancho, who hung out...

Museum in Holguín

Casa Natal de Calixto García

To learn more about the militaristic deeds of Holguín's local hero, head to this house situated two blocks east of the namesake park. The hugely underestimated García – who stole the cities of Las Tunas, Holguín...

Square in Holguín

Plaza de la Revolución

Holguín is a city most fiel (faithful) and its bombastic revolutionary plaza, east of the center, is a huge monument to the heroes of Cuban independence, bearing quotations from José Martí and Fidel Castro....

Museum in Holguín

Museo de Historia Natural

You'll find more stuffed animals here than in a New York toy store – everything from the world's smallest frog to the world's tiniest hummingbird. There's also a big collection of the unique yellow polymita...

Library in Holguín

Biblioteca Alex Urquiola

In the southwestern corner of Parque Calixto García is the Biblioteca Alex Urquiola, named after a local revolutionary and housing Holguín’s biggest book collection.

Memorial in Holguín

Tomb of Calixto García

The tomb of Calixto García, containing his ashes, is in Holguín's Plaza de la Revolución, as is as a smaller monument to García's mother.

Church in Holguín

Iglesia de San José

The Iglesia de San José features a distinctive dome with a bell tower (1842), once used by the Independistas as a lookout.

Gallery in Holguín

Galería Holguín

Situated in a colonial building, the Galería Holguín displays a revolving cache of good local art.