The oldest Spanish settlement in the province of Villa Clara and the eighth village founded by the Spanish conquistadors on the island, Remedios dates back to 1513 and was declared a city by Queen Isabella II of Spain when the island was still a colony. The 17th century colonial architecture is still in good condition, most importantly the “San Juan Mayor” Church, featuring 13 gold plated alters - the only ones in Cuba. They remained camouflaged by paint for centuries to prevent looting by pirates which contributed to their preservation. Remedios is also the cradle of the “Parrandas”, perhaps the largest oldest traditional festivities in the Caribbean that has an entire museum here dedicated to this historically rooted street party that persists to this day.