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Remedios…A Cultural Escapade

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Photos: Narmys Cándano. TTC

For those who prefer alternating their stay with different types of tourism, Remedios, the eighth Cuban township, is being proposed as a typical cultural destination ideal for combining the sun and beach offer close to the Cays of Villa Clara tourist center.

Located to the northeast of the central province of Villa Clara, Remedios is famous as the cradle of the Parrandas, probably the biggest and oldest Cuban traditional festivity.

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A very old city with small narrow and irregular streets, permeated with legends and traditions, whose hospitable people always give a warm welcome to visitors.

It is recommended to take a walk through José Martí Park, formerly the Plaza de Armas; visit the Parroquial Mayor de San Juan Bautista, allegedly the island’s oldest church that is an attraction because of the bell tower and beautiful altars decorated in gold; stroll on colonial coaches and taste the typical local dishes, beverages and sweets.

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Remedios is very much in demand in the circuits programs. The excursions Colonial Remedios and Sugar Museum, with a ride on a steam engine train, and the tour of the cigar factory are among the most popular options.

In addition to the elegant Hoteles E Mascotte, Barcelona, Camino del Príncipe and Real hotels there are La Casa Bauzá and Las Leyendas. Operated by the Cubanacán Group, they are located in sober buildings from past centuries, very well-conserved and decorated in the style of the period, which harmonizes the colonial atmosphere with modern comfort.

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In all they total 70 air-conditioned rooms, with private bathroom and a minibar, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and safety deposit box; they provide WiFi service.

They are all located in the heart of the Historic Center, a National Monument, a zone that conserves in a good state its 19th century buildings and where 17th century Spanish architecture can be found almost intact.

Non-hotel gastronomy especially includes El Louvre Cafeteria, the oldest still functioning in the country; the Siete Juanes Tavern; the Doña Lala Ice Cream Parlor, El Golazo Sports Bar and El Curujey Restaurant, with special offers for passing-by excursionists.