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Villa Clara: Nature and History

Villa Clara province, in central Cuba, is a tourist destination par excellence for those in transit throughout the Caribbean island looking for both beaches and natural attractions.

Excellent spas, cultural traditions and history go hand in hand with a well-preserved environment, where tourists can enjoy the force of nature everywhere.

The city of Santa Clara, the provincial capital, is a place of legends and history, conveyed by monuments and buildings that are more than three centuries old.

The city's foundation was linked to economic interests, which led to a new settlement in July 1689 in the farm of Ciego de Santa Clara, which at the time belonged to Antonio Díaz y de Pavia.

As in most Cuban cities, Santa Clara developed around the Arms Square, which was later called El Recreo Park and is currently known as the Leoncio Vidal Park.

Declared a National Monument in the late 1990s, downtown Santa Clara holds the most important monuments dedicated to events that took place during Cuba's independence war in more than a century.

Sol Cayo Santa María Hotel. Bungalows
Sol Cayo Santa María Hotel. Swimming pool
Hanabanilla Hotel. Panoramic view

The city preserves the original names of its neighborhoods and around the Leoncio Vidal Park, a required stop for leisure for both dwellers and visitors, there are relevant sites like the José Martí Library, where Generalissimo Máximo Gómez gave a speech in 1899.

Since 185, the city benefits from the services of La Caridad Theater, which was built in the area previously occupied by the Chapel of La Candelaria, the first temple in the village, built in 1696 at the initiative of Father Juan de Conyedo.

South of the city is the Cubanacán Protected Area, a natural paradise and a safe haven for amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds, and inhabited by ten endemic groups.

In the north is the Escambray Mountain Range, full of slopes, winding roads and vast forests, as well as the trench of the last flocks of parrots in the province.

Among the birds that live in the region are the Cuban trogon (tocororo), Cuba's national bird, as well as woodpeckers and hawks, deer and hutias, very close to the Hanabanilla, which is the only lake among mountains in Cuba.

The region's tourism infrastructure also includes game preserves and water reservoirs to fish trout, in addition to several keys linked by the 50-kilometer-long causeway over the sea.

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