Get ready to discover one of the greatest tourist attractions in Cuba: the picturesque Holguín. Located near the northeast coast, 743 km east of Havana and 12 km from Frank Pais International Airport, Holguín is the fourth largest city in the country, as well as an ideal place to enjoy beautiful natural landscapes and Caribbean beaches, making Holguin an ideal holiday destination.
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Holguin is known popularly as the City of Parks, thanks to the many green spaces, squares, elegant colonial buildings and museums.
The pleasant tropical climate, with average temperatures of around 25 °C, is another reason why Holguín is worth taking the time to explore.
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Of course, one of the greatest attractions in Holguín are the many parks. One of the most attractive is the Calixto Garcia Park, home to a statue of the general after which the park is named, and a hero of the Cuban war of independence. Known during the colonial period as the Plaza de Armas, and with dimensions of 80 x 100 m, it is the centre of life in the city and a good option to start a route through the main attractions of Holguin, many of which are just minutes away.
If you want to relax, we recommend a stroll along the colourful boulevard known as La Begonia or enjoy a relaxing cup of aromatic coffee in emblematic coffee shops such as El Tocoloro or La Época, in the streets surrounding the park.
In Holguín, there are also many samples of religious architecture. The most important building is the Cathedral of San Isidoro. Designed by Diego de Ávila, it was blessed in 1720 and inaugurated as a parish between 1818 and 1820. In 1979 it was converted into a cathedral and officially consecrated in 1996. Its Moorish style interior, stands out for its delicately carved wooden ceilings.
Another church worth visiting is the neoclassical Church of San José, located in the San José park which was built in 1815.
As for museums in Holguín, the Holguín Provincial History Museum, housed in an eighteenth-century colonial barracks known as La Periquera is well worth discovering. Touring the collection, you can admire pieces such as the axe of Holguín, a carved axe head from the 15th century. We also recommend the Museum of Natural History Carlos de la Torre Huerta, whose 11 rooms gather an interesting collection of ornithology and malacology.
Why not also visit the Museum and former home of Calixto Garcia: located on 147 Miró Street, it is dedicated to the famous Cuban patriot, and displays manuscripts, vintage weapons and other items.
You can also visit the Plaza de la Marqueta Cultural Centre which gathers temporary exhibitions, an art gallery, an engraving workshop and shops and stalls selling a range of pieces of local handicrafts. It is also a popular hangout for local artists and writers.
And don't forget that Holguin is a perfect gateway to visit other tourist destinations on the north coast of Cuba. From the bus station, there are numerous routes that allow you to travel around the area.
If you are looking for beach destinations in Cuba, Holguín is an unbeatable option, given its proximity to the north coast of the country. This coastal strip extends along 110 kilometres between Punta Piedra del Mangle, about 25 km northwest of Gibara, and Banes Bay in the east and includes 7 bays and 23 km of beaches, some of which are simply stunning.
The best area to visit is the 50 kilometre stretch of coast between Gibara and Boca de Samá. Surrounded by cliffs and coves these beaches are perfect for trying out water sports and learning to dive in Cuba among coral reefs.
Staying at the Iberostar hotel in Gibara you can easily visit the best beaches in the area. Among them, our favourites are within Bariay Bay, which includes the Bariay Monument National Park, Playa Blanca and Villa Don Lino beach.
We also recommend Playa Pesquero, in the Bay of Vita, home to Esmeralda Beach, Naranjo Bay, the Bahía del Naranjo Natural Park and Guardalavaca Beach, the largest and best-known beach in the region, located 57 km from Holguín.
Do you want to enjoy picture postcard views? If so, be sure to visit Loma de la Cruz, located in the mountains that border the city to the north 1.5 km north of the central park. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can reach the top by climbing up a staircase of 458 steps, which were built between 1927 and 1950. We assure you that the climb is worth it, for the magnificent views over Holguin and other nearby towns.
While in Cuba, you must try traditional Cuban food. We recommend trying the two most famous local Creole dishes "ropa vieja" and "vaca frita" while on holiday in Holguín.
If you fancy a bit of local culture during your trip, then we propose spending a pleasant evening at the Teatro Principal Eddy Suñol. Located in the street of Martí and in front of the Calixto García Park, this venue usually hosts zarzuelas and other theatrical productions.
And if you are a baseball fan, then why not watch a game at the Calixto García Stadium, home of the local team Cachorros de Holguín (the pups).
Don't waste time weighing it up, make the most of your stay at Iberostar hotels in Cuba to discover this city steeped in history and the picture perfect local landscapes.
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