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Although Holguin is mostly used by tourists as a drop-off point — through its international airport — for beach resorts 55 km north-east, such as Cayo Saetia, Caletica, Esmeralda and the very popular Guardalavaca all-inclusive resorts, it should not be taken lightly (literally).

The so-called "
City of Parks" is the 4th largest in population on the island and offers a lot to see : a fabulous view from its Mirador (Loma de la Cruz), a series of nice parks along the same avenue and fine nightlife and museums. The town is also a gateway toa great park, La Mensura national park with its huge pine forest between the villages of Julio A. Mella and Mayari

Travellers should stay awhile in its great casas to visit its nearby national parks and the now famous
Sitio Historico de Biran (the Castro family's original farm site and home) maybe on their way to Santiago de Cuba, 155 km southeast.

In the center of town, an abandoned market has been turned into a large music centre with a hall, recording studio and bar. Oh, and it's a
perfectly flat city for cyclists : ask your casa owner to find you one.

DISTANCES (km)
Banes, 70
Baracoa, 245
Bayamo, 71
Biran, 75
Cacocum (railway), 17
Camaguey, 208
Cayo Saetía, 120
Ciego de Avila, 318
Estero Ciego Caletica, 53

Gibara, 33
Guantanamo, 232
Guardalavaca, 54
La Habana, 735
Las Tunas, 79
Matanzas, 673
Moa, 174
Playa Esmeralda, 60
Santiago de Cuba, 155


Poster by Eladio Rivadulla [1923-2011]

province holguin dtcuba.com

MAPS & LINKS
Map - Holguin City with casas
Map - Holguin City Centre
Map - Greater Holguin
Map - Holguin roadmap to Cayo Saetia
Map - Holguin, Gibara to Guardalavaca and Banes
Map - North coast from Puerto Padre to Banes
Map - Holguin to Biran and La Mensura via Julio A. Mella
Map - North Coast from Puerto Padre to Cayo Saetia
Viazul Bus — Ruta 16 + Ruta 24 + Ruta 25 + Ruta 26
Map - Guardalavaca hotels and attractions
Island-wide bus connections
Train schedule — local station Cacocum is 17 km south
Weather forecast (Wunderground 5-Day)
Daily currency exchange rates
All that's natural in Holguin province
What's on at Casa de la Musica + local spots — Egrem
Listen Live - Radio Taino 89.1 FM [tunein.com]
Live - Arrivals and departures at Holguin airport

POPULATION 334,046 (2007)

SEE.KNOW.DO
Its parks
Parque Julio Grave de Peralta as called by some Holguineros : Parque de las Flores with the Catedral de San Isidoro where a rendition of John Paul II welcomes the fervent and the curious
Parque Cespédes named after Carlos Manuel de Céspedes; locally named San José with its Iglesia de San José, the Galeria Holguin (old stuff and antiques for sale) and Museo Eduardo Garcia Feria;
Parque Calixto García (the old Plaza de Armas with the Casa natal de Calixto Garcia and the Museo de Historia Provincial (named by some La Periquera, where there are lots of shows and activities), the Centro provincial de artes plasticas and neighbouring Biblioteca Alex Urquiola : iti is, in fact the city's Parque Central;

But wait, there's more ! :: Fábrica de Muñecas (puppet shop) :: Fábrica de Organos (organ makers) :: La Loma de la Cruz (the imposing 275-meter high hill of the cross, erected in 1790 to ward off a dry spell :: La Granjita :: Mirador de Holguin and :: Mirador de Mayabe :: Museo de Ciencias Naturales :: Museo de Historia Natural (calle Maceo 129 : huge stuffed animal collection) :: Teatro Lírico.

PALADARS & RESTAURANTS
Salon Restaurant 1720, calle Frexes 190 : in a large renovated colonial, one of the best in town with meat and seafood, 10-15cuc Taberna Pancho, avenida Jorge Dimitrov, near Hotel Pernik : pork ribs, beef, sausage specialist, try the butifaras de Paneque, 4cuc and more Dimar, calle Martires 133 : fish and seafood 4 to 20cuc La Ternura, calle cardet 293 : cuisine criolla, 7-8cuc Pico Cristal, calle Manduley : fish and seafood, 4cuc and more

MARKETS & SHOPS
Two agropecuarios (veg+fruit) : calle 19 (Morales Lemus) and another on calle 3 in reparto Dagoberto Sanfield Two boutiques of foodstuff & things : La Luz de Yara (Frexes corner Maceo) and the lovely and unavoidable La Epoca (Frexes 194).

SERVICES
Internet open 8h30-19h30 Daily : Centro Multiservicios on calle Martí 122, e/ Mártires y Máximo Gómez Havanatur for all your excursion needs, calle Frexes tel 46-8091 Banco de Credito y Comercio on Parque Cespedes, BFI on Manduley 167, Cadeca on Manduley 105 Ahora, the local paper is published Saturdays : it is often refreshingly critical of city or province administrations Farmacia Turno Especial is best pharmacy 8h-22h Mon-Sat Aeropuerto Frank País 43-93-40 Cubana city 42-57-07, airport 46-25-12, Havanautos 48-18-95 Medical 42-53-02 Transautos 48-10-11 Transtur 48-10-11 Turistaxi 42-41-87 Local Yoga Instructor : Rubio Tel. (24) 46-81-05

TRANSPORTATION
Bus Viazul (see link above) Bayamo 6, Ciego 17,La Habana 44, Las Tunas 6, Sancti Spiritus 21, Santa Clara 26, Santiago 11 Trains (via junction at Cacocum) Camaguey 9, Ciego de Avila 13, Guayos 17, La Habana (Daily 31), Las Tunas (Daily 4), Matanzas 24, Santiago (Daily 5), Santa Clara 20.

WHO KNOWS
Plaza de la Marqueta, (corner Martires & Marti), this roofed market was built in 1848 and renovated 60 years later. Si Dios le quiere (God willing), it may be re-opened should the project of making it the city's big attraction (shops and shows) ever becomes reality; it already has a Casa del Tabaco (cigars which no Cuban will ever be able to afford).

EVENINGS
Teatro Eddy Suñol (opera, symphony orchestra, modern dance, music groups, theater) re-opened in July 2011 after a ten-year hiatus to restore the venue from bop to tottom. Casa de la UNEAC (Libertad 148 in Casa Moyua) is one of 14 such casas run over the past 50 years by Union Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba present here in this lovely renovated colonial casa making this (day and) nightspot one of the best on the island. Located on pedestrian street Manduley between Caballero y Marti : theater, concerts, music, lectures Casa de la Cultura, calle Maceo 72 : concerts, mostly classical, exhibitions Casa de la Trova, calle Maceo 74 : son, boleros and musica local Centro cultural Mona Lisa, calle Luz Caballero 120 : local singers and groups Cabaret Nocturno, 4km off centre on the way to Las Tunas : Tropicana-style shows, local fauna, not as touristy as Havana's; entry fee 10cuc, Tue to Sunday, shows at 22h Cabaret la Terraza, avenida Jorge Dimitov at Hotel Pernik : if you wanna see tourists Club Siboney, calle Manduley 185 on Calixto Garcia park : hot, by the time it closes... Disco Cristal, calle Manduley 199 : the local youngsters just beg to enter; 5cuc for tourists La Bolera, calle Havana facing Parque Infantil : local fauna meets for bowling, billiards and karaoke; must-see Cinemas : Baria, Encanto, Frexes, Martí

Loma de la Cruz
The long, very long staircase climbing the Loma de la Cruz is not a religious "Way of the Cross" but almost. The prize of that challenge is a lovely view of the valley; taxis and refrescos are available on top ; ) |• La Epoca was, during the pre-revolucion era a chain of department stores © perezmontejo, panoramio.com

Catedral de San Isidoro
La Periquera is the local history museum in a colonial two-storey venue with arches and serves as a cultural venue © | The view from La Loma at night © unk

Parque Peralta
Parque Central | Most streets point to the Loma (Hill) de la Cruz

Cayo Saetia
The Lada and the Pink Arbol
, a moment of gracia © sogestour | Guardalavaca (mouseover). © dtcuba.com

Parque La Mensura
El guagua, la
ciclista y el medico, a moment of grace facing the bus terminal of Viazul © sogestour

Les plus hautes chutes de l'île se nomment Gran Salto Guayabo
The highest waterfalls on the island (127 m, 416 ft) are named Gran Salto Guayabo and |are found in the middle of Cuba's largest pine forest — Pinares de Mayari — in national park La Mensura © radio baragua.cu - More photos here.


Exhuberant youth, each with a spontaneous sonrisa © sogestour |Another irresistible part of the many Guardalavaca beaches 30 miles northeast of town - Our page here © unk


Holguineros enjoy Parque Calixto Garcia day or night © sogestour


Holguin 2 x day on Viazul Bus via Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas — Ruta 16; three other rutas go through Holguin each day (links above) — Terminal de guaguas is located on Carretera Central No. 19 e/ 20 de Mayo e Independencia Tel. (24) 47-4430


The old wire telephones still work : this tourist calling Canada and these laughing chicas can attest to it. Lady at right might add that you need to be a patient caller, but then, this is — lucky travelers — Cuba ; ) © sogestour

This is the top of the Loma de la Cruz and its well-earned — if you climb it on foot — view © Mykr, flickr.com
EXCURSIONS
Parque Nacional La Mensura streches on 5,340 hectares (12.3 acres) on the high plain of Nipe partly overed by the largest pine forest in Cuba (Pinares de Mayari); more than 100 species of plants, trekking and interpretation paths, the highest waterfall in the land and a research centre of the Academia de Ciencias de Cuba : one night here at Villa Pinares de Mayari (30-40cuc) is strongly suggested Tel. (24) 53-308 Get there through the town of Julio A. Mella [very long and dusty road without much to look at, except note that nearby rock faces are being crushed for what seems a large quarry which will help build a new dam Map here Sitio Historico in Biran about 75 km southeast of Holguin where visitors can walk around the settlement and land of Fidel Castro's father where the Comandante was born; some photos here Parque Nacional de Bariay in Fray Benito : the bay and mini beach where Cristoforo Colombo stepped foot on 28 de octubre de 1492 : reproduction of Taino village with live characters; French and English-speaking guides Museo Aborigen Chorro de Maita (on the way to Guardalavaca) for its collection of 60 skeletons of Spaniards (1490-1540) exhumed in 1986. Community life artefacts of the Taïno era. Villages and bohios of the regional township (municipio) are witness to the strong aboriginal presence in the province : Yaguajay, Macabí, Guayacanes, Babiney and even Banes Parque Nacional Pico Cristal established in 1930 where one may try to climb its namesake peak 1,213 meters high Parque Cayo Saetia in the Bay of Nipe : you have to show patte blanche at the gate and pay a fee : left to resort, ahead for the faraway beach on rough (but not that rough) roads See map here.


Travellers can visit the farm, in Biran, where
Fidel Castro was born on August 8 1926 and where he grew up with six brothers and sisters including Raul, actual President.

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The site called Sitio Histórico de Birán is spread over 13 000 hectares. The original farm, Finca Mañacas, once covered twice that much.

Originally leased in 1910 from the United Fruit Company it was managed, then owned, by Angel Castro y Ariz (1875-1956), his father, a penniless Spanish soldier from Galicia (España).

During the rise of the revolution, in 1956, to make a point that rich
Cubans should share natural resources, Fidel had his father's sugar cane fields burned.

Sitio Histórico de Birán
Visitors may tour the small community Angel had built for his employees including a school and medical services — including the original family house.

Sitio Histórico de Birán


Heritage and photos of Biran

Biran is 8 km east of Marcané and 6 from Alto Cedro : 76 km southeast of Holguin and 70 km SW of Banes via Cueto. Map

As the famous song
Chan Chan says : De Alto Cedro voy para Marcané. Llego a Cueto, voy para Mayari. From Alto Cedro, I go to Marcané. I get to Cueto then go to Mayari. Those towns are on map

Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 9h-12h and 13h30-16h Fee : Tourists 10cuc (20 with camera; Cubans : 10 pesos MN, double with camera.

"The most honest, courageous politician I have ever met.", said reverend Jesse Jackson of Fidel, during his 1984 visit to Havana.
EVENINGS
Teatro Eddy Suñol (opera, symphony orchestra, modern dance, music groups, theater) re-opened in July 2011 after a ten-year hiatus to restore the venue from bop to tottom. Casa de la UNEAC (Libertad 148 in Casa Moyua) is one of 14 such casas run over the past 50 years by Union Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba present here in this lovely renovated colonial casa making this (day and) nightspot one of the best on the island. Located on pedestrian street Manduley between Caballero & Marti : theater, concerts, music, lectures Casa de la Cultura, calle Maceo 72 : concerts, mostly classical, exhibitions Casa de la Trova, calle Maceo 74 : son, boleros and musica local Centro cultural Mona Lisa, calle Luz Caballero 120 : local singers and groups Cabaret Nocturno, 4km off centre on the way to Las Tunas : Tropicana-style shows, local fauna, not as touristy as Havana's; entry fee 10cuc, Tue to Sunday, shows at 22h Cabaret la Terraza, avenida Jorge Dimitov at Hotel Pernik : if you wanna see tourists Club Siboney, calle Manduley 185 on Calixto Garcia park : hot, by the time it closes... Disco Cristal, calle Manduley 199 : the local youngsters just beg to enter; 5cuc for tourists La Bolera, calle Havana facing Parque Infantil : local fauna meets for bowling, billiards and karaoke; must-see Cinemas : Baria, Encanto, Frexes, Martí


Local graffiti started as a public announcement "Don't ride your bike where there are parted live wires". It was signed by Undergraff, the artist who claims "Empty walls don't say anything". [Bare breasts in public — even in drawings — are VERY rare in Cuba.] Photo taken 220213 © sogestour
HEED THE HINTS IN THIS FINE PRINT
::: Make sure that in your first email or phone call you specify that you want to book a room in that particular casa and that you will reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cuba. Unless you only want a room in any house which may be of the same quality, not the specific casa you booked through photos on these websites ::: So as to not abandon expecting owners with empty rooms, reconfirm (or call ahead to cancel) your booking by phone as soon as you can after arriving in Cuba ::: Please write or phone a casa owner to cancel a booking. As late as it may seem, it allows them a chance to rebook. ::: Children under the age of 16 may share a bedroom with adults for free. Specify the child's age when booking. ::: Since October 2010, maximum bedroom capacity is not limited to two adults ::: Also, large casas are not limited to renting only two bedrooms per night. ::: At the end of the casa name, the V signals the casa was suggested by travelers or owners but not verified by the website staff. If you try it and like it, write us about it. ::: Unless otherwise mentioned, the average room rates and service prices are : 20-25cuc per bedroom per night [up to 40+ for 4 in a room]; breakfasts 3-5cuc, dinners 7-10cuc. ::: Any casa particular anywhere in Cuba must have a hot water shower, otherwise it cannot have a permit to rent ::: Please share your Complaints, comments & suggestions webmaster [@]cubacasas.net

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MIRIAM
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Ave. de los Libertadores (calle Marti) 22, corner of Roosevelt, reparto Peralta, on the street leading to Mayari. Tél. (24) 42-74-25

MIRIAM GRAVE DE PERALTA © sogestour
ENRIQUE V
Two aircon bedrooms, private bathrooms
Calle Maceo No. 52A entre 16 y 18 in reparto Zayas, near the Loma de la Cruz. Tel. (24) 42-46-83

HOSPEDAJE LA PALMA © Ken & Cecilia

FRANCISCO
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms
Ave. Los Alamos 41, e/ Independencia y 20 de Mayo, reparto Santiesteban, 8 mins from Parque Calixto Garcia, 2 mins. from Viazul Tel. (24) 42-34-66

FRANCISCO F. RODRIGUEZ ALEA

CELIA V
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Pepe Torres No. 75 (Bajos), e/ Arias y Agramonte, one block west of Parque Central. Tel. (24) 42 45-81

VILLA CELIA © Claude Major

CARIDAD
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Aricochea No. 133, upstairs entre Pepe Torres y Jose A. Cardet, three blocks from Parque Peralta. Tel. (24) 42-37-74

SRA. CARY © sogestour

HOSTAL SALERMO V
Two aircon, ensuites + mini apt upstairs
Calle Narciso Lopez 164, entre Frexes y Marti, in town centre two blocks from Parque Calixto Garcia. Tél. (24) 42-73-47

AIMÉE
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Cuba 145, e/Fomento y Progreso. Four blocks from Parque Central. Tel. (24) 42-28-42

Aimée Leyva Torres

LILITA V
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Agramonte 108, 2nd floor, e/ Fomento y Cervantes., 5 blocks from Parque Central Tel. (24) 42-26-49

Lilita

ROBERTO
Two aircon bedrooms, private bathrooms
Calle Luz #32, e/19 y Paz, reparto Luz 15 blocks from centre. Tel. (24) 42-57-30

VILLA LUCIA © sogestour

DAVID V
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Fomento No. 182-F, entre Cuba y Garayalde four blocks from Cine Baria in city center.Tel. (24) 42-66-91

VILLA LOS PALMITAS © sogestour

RODOLFO V
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Luz Caballero # 71A e/ Morales Lemus y Narciso Lopez in center, one block from Parque Calixto Garcia. Tél. (24) 42-70-16



AURORA V
Upstairs, two aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Calle Luz Caballero no. 132 altos, e/ Maximo Gomez y Pepe Torres, one block from Teatro Eddy Suñol. Tel. (24) 47-28-01



JORGE V
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, patio, 50's bungalow
Calle Maceo 46, esquina (corner of) 18, three blocks north of Parque Calixto Garcia Tél. (24) 42-38-23



JORGE y NANCY
Two aircon bedrooms, private bathrooms
Calle Fomento # 63 (upstairs), entre Linea y Carretera de Gibara, in reparto Zayas, close to Loma de la Cruz. Tel. (24) 42-28-41

VILLA CRISTAL © sogestour
CARMEN V
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Peralejo 31, entre Cervantes y Narciso López, six blocks from Parque Central Tél. (24) 42-32-51

JUAN y SONIA V
Indep apt one aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Narciso Lopez 81, entre Agramonte y Garayalde, three blocks from Hotel Santiago. Tel. (24) 42-45-85

JUAN y SONIA © sogestour

MARIA ELENA V
Upstairs apartment with one ac bedroom, ensuite
Calle Martires No. 13 (upstairs) e/ Cuba y Garayalde Tel. (24)



LA CASONA V
Whole casa to yourself
Calle Maximo Gomez 270 e/ Frexes y Aguilera Tel. (24)


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Updated 10.09.2013