Trinidad and Santa Clara, Cuba

  • Visited December 2018

Keen to see more of Cuba, after Viñales, we chose to visit Trinidad and Santa Clara before returning to Havana. We spent two nights in Trinidad, one night in Santa Clara and that was the perfect amount of time for both places.

Trinidad

Trinidad offers visitors a picturesque colonial old town, cobblestone streets, museums, decent restaurants and bars and the obligatory souvenir shops. You can easily get round it all in a day or two. We enjoyed our visit but didn’t like it as much as Viñales. Highlights include the Casa de la Musica, a music venue just steps from the historic Plaza Mayor lauded as the best in Cuba, and the excellent views from the top of the Bell Tower.

Suggested activities:

  • In the evenings catch live music and dance with locals at Casa de la Musica
  • Watch the sunset from the Bell Tower
  • Visit Playa Ancon – a lovely beach 15 minutes drive from Trinidad
  • Visit the Topes de Collantes National Park
  • Enjoy tasty food at restaurants Monte y Mar and Casa Shango.

Selection of pictures from my stay:

Santa Clara

Capital city of the Villa Clara province, Santa Clara is one for the history buffs. Here you will find the final resting place of the revolutionary Che Guevara. The Che Guevara Mausoleum, topped by a large statue of the man himself, is free to enter and contains a museum with pictures and artefacts relating to Che’s life and his role in the Cuban Revolution, and a memorial room with an eternal flame and commemorative plaques for all of the key fighters of the Revolution. Well worth a visit.

Other highlights include the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, which honours the Battle of Santa Clara, and the Cafe-Museo Revolución, a fab little cafe/free museum that pays homage to the Revolution. The walls are covered with pictures and mementos, including original letters signed by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Go and enjoy a Copa Revolución ice cream sundae!

Selection of pictures from my stay: