Travel in cuba holguin, escorted between two hills: Mayabe and Loma de la Cruz. Known as the city of parks. It enjoys a perfect design of its streets, adorned with several public spaces. Many of its places and institutions are named Major General Calixto Garcia, in honor of some of the most prominent historical figures of the province, which stood out in the War of Independence. If you travel by rental car you can visit with more time each place of interest.
Easy Booking Cuba help you to hundreds of kilometers of the north coast with excellent beaches and cays. As well as the majesty of its valleys and mountains make Holguín one of the main tourist attractions. It has several bays, highlighting the Nipe, the largest in Cuba. The highest point is Pico Cristal, with 1231 m above sea level.
Holguín was founded on April 4, 1545, by Captain García Holguín.
The fourth largest city in Cuba offers a diversity of landscapes. Ranging from the beaches of Guardalavaca to the mountains of the Sierra de Cristal. It possesses a mystery, between squares full of its inhabitants and old Chevrolets; that catch tourists. If you are located in the center of the four squares you can see a good segment of the city. But your trip will not be consummated if it does not go up to the Hill of the Cross.
North of this province was received more than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus by the aborigines. Many years ago they ceased to exist, but their legacy can be composed in their multiple archaeological sites.
Built between 1719 and 1720, formerly known as Main Square. In 1898 it was given its current name, honor of the illustrious Cuban patriot chief. In 1916 a statue of Calixto García was located in its center, where it remains until today. Today it is a cultural space surrounded by the La Periquera museum and the Ballado gallery. In addition to the Martí theater cinema, the operetta house Rodrigo Prats and the Suñol theater.
This museum is a famous and historic site of Holguín, declared a National Monument. Located in the northern part of the Calixto García Park. Nestled in a neoclassical building with large arcades and spacious rooms. Where the Spanish Francisco Rondán ruled in 1860.
In those years it served as a barracks for the Spaniards while the Cubans fought for their independence. Since then it is known as La Periquera (cage for parrots) due to the color of the Spanish uniforms.
Currently it is a museum that exhibits archaeological pieces that tell the life of the Cuban aborigines. As well as documents and historical testimonies associated with the War of Independence. Its rooms symbolize the identity of the territory. The best relic of the museum Holguín isthe ax. It is an old anthropomorphic ax found in 1860 carved by the aborigines at the beginning of the 15th century. You can also see the sword of José Martí.
Founded on May 31, 1969, this museum offers a glimpse of Cuban nature, mainly from the northeast of Cuba. The pieces were donated by Professor José García Castañeda and by the Guamá Museum, the first in Holguín. It shows among its collections the most perfect example of a fossil found in Cuba.
Museum in memory of Major General Calixto García Íñiguez. Original residence of the García family. Here Calixto García was born in 1839. Preserves photographs, documents and other objects that relate the life and military phase of this great patriot. It also has a Reference Center for the wars of independence. It is located near the park of the same name.
At 261 m above sea level, it was named for the wooden cross on its summit. For many it is a symbol of protection, others go and make promises there. For some it is just an ornament. The first cross was laid in 1790, by the friar Francisco Antonio de Alegría. The cross that is currently, is the third. Like the first, it is made of caguairán, a Cuban bush. Which abounds in the forests of Bariay.
To reach the top of the hill, you must climb 458 steps, built in 1950. There is currently a road in the back. At its summit there is a restaurant and a bar with 24-hour service. Every year in May, the Hill of the Cross is visited by hundreds of Cubans and some foreigners. They witness the mass celebrated due to the Romerías de Mayo, a traditional religious festivity.
The former Holguín Parochial Church, constitutes a place for the cult of the believers. It dates from 1720, being one of the original buildings of Holguín. Painted completely white, it has two domed towers that escort it. The towers were built in the 20th century. In the archives of the cathedral there are baptism, marriage and death books, dating from 1731.
In its center there is a statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the Father of the Nation. It is near the monument to the heroes of the War of Independence. It is the youngest of its parks.
His name corresponds to that of General Julio Grave de Peralta. He led a revolt against the Spaniards in 1868. In 1916 a marble statue was culminated in his honor. It is in front of the San Isidoro Cathedral. One of the main attractions of the park is the Mural of Origen, located in the western part. It stages progress from the aborigines to the end of slavery.
This radiant square was designed in 1848 and repaired in 1918. Was recently renovated. It is guarded by bronze sculptures. It has an extraordinary market that houses a café and artisan shops. There are also other stores around it.
It is located in Céspedes park, in the central paved square. It has a beautiful gallery, dome and bell tower. The latter dates from 1842. On one occasion, the patriots used this church as a watchtower.
On the top of a mountain, on the outskirts of the city, you can find the Mayabe Viewpoint. It offers an excellent view of the valley that borders Holguín.
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The commercial center of Holguín falls in the surroundings of the Calixto García Park. Frank País International Airport is 3 km south of the city. At the corner of main Highway and Independencia Street is the bus terminal.
There is a Wi-Fi zone in the Calixto García park.
Enjoy the varied options that Holguín offers. Choose by clicking on the Excursions link:
The city of parks offers charming hotels and casas particulares. Select the one of your preference in the corresponding link:
Address: Mártires No. 143, between Aricochea and Cables, Telephone: 24423994
This distinguished restaurant is located in a colonial house with wooden ornaments. Great steaks are served in dishes, which attract any diner. It also offers grilled octopus with garlic sauce, delicious chocolate pie and an extensive wine and liquor menu. The service is very cordial.
Address: Carbo, between Garayalde and Agramonte, Telephone: 52466802
This pleasant restaurant offers creole food and the best cocktails in the city. Among the dishes offered are: grilled meat, lamb, sweet potato and vegetable salad. It is located on a terrace on the third floor.
Address: José A. Cardet No. 68, between 12 Street and 14, Telephone: 24429652
Very close to the Hill of the Cross is this Ranchón. It offers delicious smoked meats, with abundant garnish, tostones (fried banana) and peppers stuffed with old clothes.
Address: Frexes No. 190, corner Miró, Telephone: 24468150
It is inside of an old colonial mansion, with a nice decoration and a very lively atmosphere. For starters, they offer you a plate with pretzels and something to spread. Paella or chicken stuffed with vegetables and cheese is recommended as a main course. Both exquisite. The restaurant is part of a complex, in which there is also a tobacco shop, a bar, a boutique, car rental and a terrace with music.
If you are looking for something to give as a present, go to the Fondo de Bienes Culturales shop. You will discover beautiful handicrafts, in Frexes Street No. 196. In El Jigüe, on the corner of Martí and Mártires streets, you will find books and a well-stocked souvenir shop.