Holguin is the third most popular tourist spot in Cuba, with its hundreds of kilometers of beaches, cays, bays, valleys, mountains and caverns that cover the north coast. What most attracts people to this eastern province is the combination of the beach with the flora and the mountains. One of its cities, Banes, is considered the archaeological capital of Cuba, for its findings of indigenous fossil remains. Looking at pictures of Holguín is like watching a beautiful photo documentary about the history of Cuba.
Not to miss
Climb the 458 steps that take you to the Loma de la Cruz, which will give you an appreciation as to why Holguin is known as the city of parks.
Don’t miss the Romerías de Mayo, a festival where the city becomes the capital of young art for numerous artists who bring their work to show.
Drink one of the incredibly cheap and tasty oyster cocktails that street vendors recommend to visitors to regain strength as you walk around the city.
Discover the city of Gibara, which in its time was the main port city in the eastern part of Cuba, and still has some of its most significant colonial architecture preserved. Here, one of the most popular events in the country takes place every two years: the Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre (an international festival of self-funded film).
Make sure to have these places on your itinerary: the indigenous cemetery of Chorro de Maíta, Pinares de Mayarí, Guardalavaca and Cayo Saetía. Visit them and you’ll understand why they’re must-see spots.
Holguin's La farándula bohemia (The Bohemian Troup) meets at Las Tres Lucías café. If you want to get to know painters, poets and other troubadours, this is the place.
At 737 km from Havana and 140 km from Santiago de Cuba, Holguín is part of the Cuban “Oriente” or east. If you come from the capital, the Central Highway will take you to the heart of this province. The Frank País International Airport is located on the outskirts of the city.