The legendary revolutionary's remains, along with those of a few dozens of his fellow combatants, are buried at this location, having been transported here from Bolivia during the 1990's. Idolized as he is in Cuba, Che's Mausoleum holds great symbolic importance, and it is the centerpiece of most visits to Santa Clara.
This monument commemorates the historic battle fought here by Che Guevara and a band of rebels, a decisive battle in their struggle to overturn the Batista regime. The original train cars have been in place since 1958. Visit the small museum to gain further insight into the battle and the revolution more generally.
Parque Leoncio Vidal is the city's main square and principal center of civic life. The lovely buildings that surround the square serve as public gathering points, such as the municipal library and Casa de la Cultural, while street artists and pedestrians fill the square with life.
Now the city's main cathedral, it was built among a bit of controversy in the mid-20th century, as it replaced the original city church on Parque Vidal. It is home to a white statue of the Virgin Mary which was mysteriously lost for several decades, only to be found in a ditch and finally returned.
Hostal Florida Center is widely regarded as one of the best 'casas particulares' in Santa Clara, perhaps even in all of Cuba. It boasts heaps of characterful decorations and furniture, including plenty of antiques, as well as a lush garden and welcoming terrace. It is, naturally, a popular place to stay during visits to the city, but even if you don't manage to book a room, you should still definitely make a point of stopping by for a meal.
El Mejunje is a Santa Clara institution, an iconic cultural and artistic centre with graffiti-covered walls, rustic decorations and local artworks. Crowds gather every night for all manner of events, parties and performances, meaning that if you only spend one night in Santa Clara, this is absolutely the place to visit.
Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU) is located about 10 kilometers from the city center os Santa Clara. It is a historical airport, as it is where the first commercial flight from the US landed after 54 years (in 2016). It now handles numerous flights to and from the US, as well as many flights to European and Latin American destinations. There is no public transportation from the airport, so visitors will have to either take a taxi or rent a car. Both options are easily accessible at the airport.
Buses to other cities in Cuba can be taken at the two bus stations, the Inter-Municipal bus station (for destination in the Villa Clara region) and the Inter-Provincial (for cities in other regions). As non-Cubans, visitors are only allowed to take Viazul buses, which are clean, comfortable and generally pretty reliable. Be sure to check the schedules beforehand, as sometimes there are only a few departures per day to certain destinations.