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  Tourism

With its 13 km surface, its 11 km of beaches and with proper lodging, Cayo Santa Maria allows enjoying the surroundings' numerous attractions. It is accessible via a 48 km causeway that connects to Cairarien. A small airport is located in Las Brujas.

There are 24 snorkeling points to enjoy the remarkable variety of coral and fish species of the virgin bottoms. It also has infinite potential for nautical activities.

There is also an interesting project to build a tourist resort that would offer its visitors the peaceful serenity that provide villages located on the oceanfront. With this resort, a central plaza built around the church and designed to resemble the first Cuban villas with very distinguishable elements are to be built.

Other attractions:

Other unavoidable visits in the northeast region of Villa Clara: Cayo Ensenachos and Las Brujas.

Located 60 km from Cayo Santa Maria is the village of San Juan de los Remedios, declared National Monument. Towards the center of the island, Santa Clara, the provincial capital, filled with history, culture and hospitality. The localization of part of the mountain range Sierra del Escambray in its territory also makes Villa Clara one of the best tourist attractions for nature lovers. The presence of Elguea's thermal baths and mineral-medicinal waters leave the door open for the ones interested in their quality of life.

A canal system is transformed in a real aquatic labyrinth between the cayos. It offers a huge potential for enjoying nature tourism and for nautical activities.

Another option sui generis (unique of its kind) of the region is the vessel San Pascual, made of reinforced concrete that was run aground, seven decades ago in the Cayo Frances region. In 1920, from the shipyard of San Francisco, California, the ship was put back in water. Commonly known as the El Ponton, it is considered a small island in itself with an enviable position to appreciate the region's attractions.

For nature lovers, Villa La Granjita offers a welcoming site where reins a matchless peacefulness between palm, fruit and coconut trees.

Las Brujas (the witches) will satisfy the curiosity of those preferring legends. The name in itself is tied to ghosts, strange noises and stories of apparition that have been running from word of mouth. Others say that it is because of stories of fortuitous loving encounters between a fisherman and a young woman from the village. In the city of Las Brujas - on the small island of the same name - the beach with its very white sand, runs for almost 2 kilometers, connecting to a thermal area capable of welcoming boats of small and medium size.

For health tourism, many attractions and singular options are offered. Among these attractions are the medicinal baths of Elguea, located in the northern part of the province. The nature of this region is characterized by the high number of endemic species, combined with hundreds of kilometers of beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, paths for horse back-riding, table games and its thermal center located in a 300 square meters area where waters have a high mineral content. The waters also contain sodium, bromide and have a slight content of sulphide. The average water temperature is of 45-Celsius degrees with a flow of 25 liters per second.

Villa Clara also offers an ample range of museums, cultural centers, churches, art galleries and theaters.

In Remedio, the small musical bands playing during holidays and celebrations are considered the oldest ones of Cuba, dating back to 1871. Thanks to Father Francisco Vigil de Quinones, the church's priest of Villa Juan de los Remedios, who was worried by the absence of parishioners at the Misa del Gallo (Mass for the rooster), decided to invite teenagers of the village to come out with whistles, horns and other accessories to wake up the whole town.

During celebrations, bands from different districts of San Salvador oppose one another. The San Salvador's symbol is a rooster of blue-green color. The symbol for El Carmen's team is a globe of brown color.



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