Santa Clara

Travel Guide
Santa Clara
After Che Guevara liberated this city in 1958, the area continued its revolutionary path, eventually leading to edgy cultural developments.

Tour the city of Santa Clara to see the familiar images of Che, one of the world’s most famous revolutionaries. Alongside these historic monuments are opportunities to explore the more modern features of the city, including restaurants and clubs stretching the traditional bounds of freedom.

The Argentine medical student Che Guevara became an activist and guerrilla warrior in the 1950s and joined the Castro brothers in overthrowing Cuba’s Batista presidency. As you stroll through Santa Clara, look for the monuments memorializing the bitter battle here that ensured a victory for the revolutionaries.

Visit the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado where Guevara and his band of young fighters successfully overtook an armored train using a bulldozer and homemade explosives. Nearby is a statue of Che holding a small child, showing his gentler side. The Che Guevara Mausoleum holds the remains of the revolutionary and other fighters who died with him in the failed overthrow of the Bolivian government in 1967. Gaze up at the 22-foot-tall (7-meter) statue of the revered local hero and explore all aspects of his harsh and fascinating life in the Che Guevara Museum.

Apart from learning about the battled history of the city, enjoy its cultural activities. Step inside the 1885 Teatro la Caridad to see its stunning ceiling fresco painted by Camilo Salaya. Visit the modernized Club Mejunje to dance, have cocktails on the balcony and read the walls of graffiti. This was originally a meeting point for gays and transsexuals and has become a popular spot for all Santa Clara visitors. For quieter moments attend Mass at Catedral de Las Santas Hermanas Santa Clara Asis.

Santa Clara is in central Cuba, about a 3-hour drive from Havana. Come here to purchase authentic Cuban cigars and learn the truth about the bereted man whose face you’ve seen on T-shirts around the world, Che Guevara.

Where to stay in Santa Clara

Casa de Tula
Casa de Tula
3 out of 5
Evangelista Yanes #10, E/Maximo Gomez Y Carolina Rdguez, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, 50100
The price is $19 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Santa Clara. Enjoy breakfast, 24-hour room service, and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Carmen Church and La Caridad Theater ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"It was a very pleasent stay in your casa. The Breakfast and dinner were perfect, the room too. The organisation to the excursion to cayo santa maria was perfect too."

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

Hostal D' Cordero
Hostal D' Cordero
4 out of 5
61 Leoncio Vidal between Maceo and Union, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, 50100
The price is $52 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hostal in Santa Clara. Enjoy free breakfast, WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (56 reviews)
"We stayed 2 nights at this amazing place!!! This old colonial house has a beautiful and quiet courtyard. Super friendly owners who are always there for you. We only had breakfast, and we thought it was delicious. The room was spotless and spacious. We would highly recommend this place to those traveling ..."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2022

Hostal SolAire
Hostal SolAire
2.5 out of 5
Calle 2da #11 e/Eduardo Machado y Campos, (S. Cristobal y Reparto Bengochea), Santa Clara, Villa Clara, 50100
Fully refundable
The price is $49 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this guesthouse in Santa Clara. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and in-room massages. Popular attractions Augusto Cesar Sandino Stadium and Monumento a la Toma ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Nette kamer bij vriendelijke & behulpzame hosts
"Wij hebben erg genoten van ons verblijf bij Hostal Solaire. Het ontbijt met vers fruit smaakte ons goed. De kamer waar wij sliepen was ruim en netjes, met een moderne en goed werkende airco. Wij hadden een eigen badkamer en koelkast. We werden hartelijk ontvangen en kregen heel vriendelijk uitgelegd ..."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hostal Jose Ramon
Hostal Jose Ramon
3 out of 5
Maximo Gomez 208, Berenguer y Yanes, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, 50100
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Santa Clara. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"We were astonished that we were given a whole apartment to ourselves for a very reasonable price. Jose Ramon could not have been more welcoming. He brought us a cup of coffee while we checked in and nothing was too much trouble. The family live downstairs and we had the upstairs, which comprised ..."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2020

Martirena's Hostal
Martirena's Hostal
3 out of 5
Callejón de La Palma #20, entre Juan Bruno Zayas y Ezquerra, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, 50100
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Santa Clara. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Santa Clara de Asis Church and Taberna El Mejunje ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Bien placé, propre, et accueil chaleureux"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Apto privado e independiente con piscina
Apto privado e independiente con piscina
2.5 out of 5
Martí #102 oeste, e/ Esquerra y Alemán., Santa Clara, Villa Clara, 50100
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Santa Clara. Enjoy private pools, breakfast, and in-room massages. Popular attractions Loma del Capiro and Monumento ...
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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