Attractions

Top Choice Monument in Santa Clara

Conjunto Escultórico Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara

The end point of many a Che pilgrimage, this monument, mausoleum and museum complex is 2km west of Parque Vidal (via Rafael Tristá on Av de los Desfiles), near the Víazul bus station. Even if you can't stand the Arg…
Landmark in Santa Clara

Melaíto Murals

Heading west on Carretera Central (the extension of Marta Abreu), you'll reach a series of comic book–style murals, the work of a local graphic artists' collective called Melaíto, which produces a monthly supplement…
Square in Santa Clara

Parque Vidal

A veritable alfresco theater named for Colonel Leoncio Vidal y Caro, who was killed here on March 23, 1896, Parque Vidal was encircled by twin sidewalks during the colonial era, with a fence separating blacks and wh…
Monument in Santa Clara

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

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 b…
Factory in Santa Clara

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 here are lo-fi compared to those in Havana, and so the experience is a lot more in…
Museum in Santa Clara

Museo Provincial Abel Santamaría

Not actually a memorial to Señor Santamaría (Fidel's right-hand man at Moncada), but rather a small provincial museum quartered in former military barracks where Batista's troops surrendered to Che Guevara on Januar…
Cathedral in Santa Clara

Catedral de las Santas Hermanas de Santa Clara de Asís

Three blocks west of Parque Vidal, Santa Clara's cathedral was constructed amid huge controversy in 1923 after the demolition of the city's original church in Parque Vidal. It contains a fantastic collection of stai…
Theater in Santa Clara

Teatro la Caridad

Many are deceived by the relatively austere neoclassical facade. But toss CUC$1 to whoever is manning the door and you'll serendipitously discover why the 1885 Teatro la Caridad is one of the three great provincial …
Museum in Santa Clara

Museo de Artes Decorativas

Something of a sleeping beauty on Parque Vidal, this 18th-century mansion turned museum is packed with period furniture from a whole gamut of styles that seem to ape Cuba's architectural heritage. Look for baroque d…
Church in Santa Clara

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

The city's oldest church is five blocks north of Parque Vidal. It was built in 1748, with a tower added in 1846. During the War of Independence, it stood in as a jail for Cuban patriots. A modern cylindrical monumen…