Top Choice 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…
Top Choice 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…
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…
Museum in Santa Clara

Museo de Artes Decorativas

Reserve an hour for this 18th-century mansion turned museum packed with period furniture from a whole gamut of styles that seem to ape Cuba's architectural heritage. Look for baroque desks, art nouveau mirrors and a…
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…
Cultural Center in Santa Clara

La Casa de la Ciudad

Before closing for a lengthy refurbishment in 2014, this was the pulse of the city's progressive cultural life, hosting art expositions (including an original Wifredo Lam sketch), Noches del Danzón, a film museum an…
Mausoleum in Santa Clara


Church in Santa Clara

Iglesia de la Santísima Madre del Buen Pastor

A singular colonial-style church south of the center.
Church in Santa Clara

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje

East of center is this riotous mix of Gothic, Romanesque and neoclassical architecture.
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…