Santa Clara

Geographically located almost smack in the very middle of the island of Cuba, is the capital of Villa Clara Province, Santa Clara.  The fifth largest city in Cuba, it bears a strategic position, straddling the main roads of Cuba heading in every direction.  Founded in 1689 by two large families who were primarily fleeing the coastal town of Remedios that was constantly besieged by pirates, it was in 1958 that the city gained its true place in history being where Che Guevara toppled the dictator, Batista, thus the epithet, “Che Guevara’s City”.  There is a mausoleum and a museum paying tribute to Che, while the city’s historic center, complete with a central square, is an excellent example of 18th and 9th century architecture.