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Holguin: The City We Want

The city of Holguin, the capital of the eastern Cuban province of the same name, heads a territory full of attractions for tourism with major cultural and historic components.

On the route to the 300th anniversary of its foundation (April 2020), the city constitutes a true mixture of Spanish architecture, American-style chalet houses, peripheral neighborhoods attached to the traditional and a culture with a truly Latin American nature.

Also called the "city of parks" due to the large number of these areas, it is an important center of Cuban plastic arts, as well as other cultural events such as symphonic music, ballet and lyric theater.

In 1863, the territory had up to 76 sugar mills, about 750 tobacco plantations and hundreds of rustic farms served by slaves in a clear sign of development.

The province now stands as a stronghold for tourism, with a medium- and long-term program that provides for the construction of a large hotel infrastructure.

In Holguin, Bariay is the point where Admiral Christopher Columbus touched Cuban land in his search for a new route to The Indies, and the magnificent natural environment - with pristine beaches and lush vegetation - brought to his lips the qualification of "The more beautiful land that human eyes have seen."

Cayo Naranjo`s Aquarium
Replica of Taino Village
Town of Banes

On that territory, there are up to 14 important cities, among which Banes - considered the archaeological capital of Cuba - and Gibara, the latter doubly attractive due to the excellent state of conservation of its Iberian colonial architecture, stand out.

With one of the main ports in eastern Cuba for slave and sugar trade since the 18th century (Gibara), Holguin also holds the ruins of the Spanish fortifications that protected their cities from the siege of corsairs and pirates, who were attracted by the colony's wealth.

Holguin also shows about 60 kilometers of beaches, large and small, that direct their gaze to the Atlantic, many of which can competing in beauty and clarity of its waters with the most famous beaches worldwide.

It also shows an environment full of diversity and natural beauty, with the largest bay in the country and Pinares de Mayari, a quintessential habitat of a true world relic: the royal carpenter, while the manatee still swims in the province's rivers.

Cayo Saetia complements the offer with a unique hunting ground, a real corner of protected animals, where travelers stumble at every step with deer, wild boars, buffalos, ostriches, peacocks and wild bulls, among other exponents of wildlife.

For their part, diving enthusiasts have a unique option in Tanque Azul de Caletones, a flooded cavern that has the peculiarity of being within the most important route of migratory birds in the region.

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