A nice day excursion from Santa Clara is the town of Remedios, just 1 hour drive through beautiful scenery of farms and rolling hills to the north of our city. San Juan de los Remedios is one of the oldest towns in Cuba; established in 1513, the Spanish settlers found the area very suitable for cattle raising and agriculture, becoming a prosperous town very quickly. You can still get a glimpse of its 17th. Century heyday in the areas around the main square, with the well preserved church and large homes from local landowners from those days, now converted into hotels, restaurants or shops.
If you are in the area in December, don’t miss Remedios’ famous festival “Parrandas” when the sleepy town goes crazy in carnival celebrations: the town splits in two camps trying to outdo each other with over the top floats and massive fireworks blasts, with all night street partying around town.
Remedios is conveniently located on the way from Santa Clara to some of the best beaches in Cuba: Cayo Santa Maria, so you can combine an excursion to the beach with a short stop in Remedios; spend an hour seeing the highlights around the main square, it makes for a nice stroll in a lovely colonial ambiance, before continuing your excursion to the beaches.
Whether you take a day excursion from Santa Clara, or stop on your way to the beaches, Remedios is a visit we can recommend to anyone interested in seeing one of the nicest Cuban towns enveloped in a colonial atmosphere, without throngs of visitors like other better known destinations in Cuba.