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Fabviewlous vista a few k's outside town from a hill — on a motel lot. Please be discreet. Not everyone is here for the view ; ) photos © sogestour
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... short for San Juan de Los Remedios. Its historic centre, the eight city founded by the Spanish conquistadores on the island (1515), built by the rich settlers who then moved north to found Santa Clara. Remedios was declared a National Monument in 1980.

Only town to have two churches in its centre :
Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje and the Parroquia Mayor. It is a really quite a beautiful town, full of cultural events, icons and memories from its rich past.

Each December 24 — after the childrens' own fireworks event earlier in the month —, the town explodes in folly during the annual
Parrandas
, a parade of huge floats from various barrios along with non-stop fireworks (100,000, some say) exploding during the whole night. Like Rio in the 30's.

The Museo de las Parrandas has moved, enlarged, to calle Alejandro del Rio, between casas Real Sociedad and Casona Cueto. Done with high quality material and exhibits, its staff is amicable and very knowledgeable of the local and regional parades and competitions between local barrios. An absolute must-visit.



DISTANCES
Caibarién, 10
Camaguey, 257
Cayo Las Brujas, 58
Cayo Santa Maria, 73
Cienfuegos, 101
Holguin, 455
La Habana, 300
Moron, 107
Pinar del Rio, 439
Rancho Querete, 57
Sagua la Grande, 90
San José del Lago, 84
Santa Clara, 45
Trinidad, 158
Yaguajay, 46
(Museo Camilo Cienfuegos)

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MAPS & LINKS
Map - Town center with photos, some casa locations
Map - Architecture and Landscape Guide : 21 places
List of wi-fi zones in province
Map - Coast, Cayeria Norte to Cayo Santa Maria
Map - Regular town map
Map - Cuba's three center provinces - Nelles
Map - Updated Cayeria Norte map
Remedios web pages on culture
Map - North Coast from Sagua to Cayo Santa Maria
Schedule - National train to Santa Clara
Schedule - Local train Santa Clara - Remedios
Schedule - Viazul to Santa Clara Ruta 24 & Ruta 16
Island-wide bus skeds : San Juan de los Remedios
Currency exchange rates
Las Parrandas (Xmas Fireworks Folly) in 2006
All that's natural in Villa Clara province

All the Web particuba.net
BUCKET LIST
The four major museums : Museo de La Musica Caturla (superb patio), Museo Las Parrandas (newly re-reopened), Museo de Historia and Museo de Historia del Azucar (Marcelo Salado, out of town).

The town's quietest and least-known patio is in the Biblioteca Municipal on Maceo. Don't spread the word, browse the old books while the paper survives the humidity. The two churches : Iglesia Parroquial Mayor and Iglesia del Buen Viaje; the two theatres : Teatro Villena and Teatro Guinol; and two great evening cultural & cabaret venues : Las Leyendas and Casa de la Cultura.
TRANSPORT TO AND FRO
The Cubatur taxis in Santa Clara run on a preset fare of 33cuc. Shared taxis to the end of the cayos cost 50cuc for the day (up to four passengers). Scooter rentals at Via rentacar by the Louvre start at 30cuc for 24 hours.

National bus line Viazul busses from Havana to/from Santa Clara. The schedule of Rutas 16 and 24 — link above. Another Viazul route, Circuito Norte, Ruta 64, leaves daily from Trinidad at 0715 through Cienfuegos and Santa Clara and passes here on its way to the cayos. Conectando Cuba (Transtur) leaves from Havana Vieja and Vedado hotels to the cayo resorts. Still another service, Conectando Havana (Gaviota) also goes to and from the cayos through Remedios.

Taxis run to/fro Santa Clara for 15 to 20cuc. Bus terminal for local routes is on Honorato Garcia at the end of Pi y Margall.

POPULATION 49,706 (2015) in regional township (Municipio)

RESTAURANTS / BARS / PALADARS
Near the Museo del Vapor, towards Caibarien, the Curujey in a farm setting; in town the Louvre serves pizzas till 10 pm, right on main square; the Taberna de Ave Maria in the Mascotte; its menu includes El Pollo Parrandero and the Ajiaco Lucumí considered by many as Cuba's national dish.

Its bar,
La Fonda by a fountain is said to remind of a local tradition during the pirate era when the plunderers came here to quench their thirst; La Fe and Driver's Bar (in Cuban pesos: a salad, chicken leg with rice - all tasty - will set you back 2 bucks).

The new Los 7 Juanes, in front of the Mascotte, sells wine by the bottle not by the glass. Why? Go figure. It has a well-stocked wine cellar with Champagne and a 1000$+ bottle of aged rum. Ask the ubiquitous (he also works at the Louvre and the Real) gentleman-barman Javier to narrate the legend behind the name. He can also tell you about the weird goings-on in the main square on June 24.

La Estancia serves dinners; so does La Paloma and La Casona Cueto

HOTELS
The Mascotte is the town's oldest. It has kept its bar and barman (José has 30 years experience), boasts a new restaurant and has 8 bedrooms. Since 2012, three other small hotels have opened : the Hotel Barcelona, the Camino del Principe and the Real with 24, 26 and 8 bedrooms, outnumbered by the 100 or so bedrooms in the 60 casas which now rent in town. Below, our suggestions of some of the finest, modern, classic and colonial casas in Remedios. Carpe Diem !

PARRANDAS
The exhuberant fiestas involving competitions between barrios with fireworks and costumed parades take place every year all over Villa Clara province, mostly from the end of November to the end of the year. Here's the list : Taguayabón on the 27th of Nov. (barrio El Gallo vs barrio el Gavilán) then others in December : Crecencio Valdés (El Toro vs el Caballo), Muelas quietas (La Loma vs la Marina), Placetas (Zaza vs Fortun), Carrillo (La Fama vs El Mango), Remedios (El Carmen vs San Salvador), Remate de Ariosa (La Loma vs La Marina), Calabazar de Sagua (Sapos vs Chivos), Sagua la Chica (La Loma y La Marina), Cótica (El Tiburón vs el Manatí), El Santo (Carraguao vs Pavo Real), Caibarién (La Loma vs La Marina) Quemado de Güines (La Puya vs el Perejil) all on the 24th and in Zuluetas on the 31st (Guanijibe vs la Loma).


List and map : 21 must-see places of architectural significance in Remedios.


Jose Marti's bust sits in middle of one of the loveliest town plazas in the country : Plaza Isabel II.


The
Museo de Musica Alejandro Garcia Caturla, symbol of the town's vast cultural heritage © sogestour •]• Main " sit & enjoy" place in town, El Louvre does not show works of art but snacks and drinks © sogestour

pedraplen © unseen cuba
A huge engineering feat, the Pedraplen de la Cayeria Norte or causeway is 48 kilometers long of asphalt crossing about 35 bridges over the Cayeria Norte including Las Brujas, Ensenachos and at its end, Cayo Santa Maria and Perla Blanca beach with two options : the Natural Reserve's Las Gaviotas beach (4cuc entrance) or Las Terrazas (shops, showers, lockers, beach for a 5-cuc fee). © Unseen Cuba / Marius Jovaisa


Steam train rides are offered from the old Marcelo Salado sugar mill nearby on the way to Caibarien; now a sugar museum ©

El Louvre is not filled with works of art (although that's arguable ; )
Wild and crazy nights during Las Parrandas : if you were not here last December, visit the local museum dedicated to that annual extravaganza © kaloian, flickr.com


The town was the 8th (Octava) town founded in Cuba by the Spanish Conquistadores in 1515, thus the moniker La Octava Villa © Unseen Cuba / Marius Jovaisa


Dreamy scenery of the natural basins of
Rancho Querete NOTE : the basins and river are totally dry in winter - in the nature reserve of Jobo Rosado, part of Parque Nacional Caguanes 57 km east of Remedios, past Meneses. See Excursions below © sogestour


View of rooftops from atop the
Campanario, the Saint-John the Baptist church steeple; on the horizon, mountain range divides road to Santa Clara at 45 km north © sogestour


What you see is what you get in recently-opened casa Las Tradiciones, where Alexey, Letitia, Estelle or Medardo will greet and feed you. © sogestour
Angelic figure in church of San Juan Bautista © sogestour •]• Balerinas between rehearsals in front of Casa de Cultura © sogestour
SEE.KNOW.DO
Centro Histórico Urbano de la ciudad de Remedios : declared Cuban Monumento Nacional since 1980, the historical center spreads over 45 hectares and numbers some 64 blocks of which 29 have patrimonial value of the first order Plaza Marti (Plaza Isabel II) is made up of three smaller placetas (Parque de la Libertad with a statue of marble imported from Carrara, Italia, Plaza de las Madres and Plaza de las Actividades). Right by, sits the famous Iglesia Parroquial Mayor de San Juan Bautista : stunning, filled with well-preserved gold icons, it is an absolute must-see. The house guide, a laid-back kinda guy can show the hyper-famosa (if closed, enter from the back) has been giving visits for at least 50 years. Please make a donation Museo de Música Alejandro Garcia Caturla (Parque Marti No 5) dedicated to the memory of this extraordinary local persona (google it). Besides having been a great musician, he was a political reformer, criminal expert who was gunned down in 1940. Among his 11 children and numerous grand-childs, two attained music fame : Teresa with the Afro Cuban All Stars, Ibrahim Ferrer, etc and Fabian, bassist with Omara Portuondo and others.

SEE.KNOW.DO.MORE
Museo Municipal Francisco Javier Balmaseda (calle Maceo 56) : its 9 show rooms are dedicated to the 480 years of local history from founding fathers to recent heroes Museo de las Parrandas Remedianas (Maximo Goméz No 71), first museum dedicated to PopArt in Cuba, it tells all about the year-end, annual 185-year old parrandas Galeria de Arte Carlos Enriquez (Parque Marti No 2) run by the FBC (Fondo de Bienes culturales) on main plaza central : paintings by local artists (Fernando Betancourt, Amaury García, Justo González, etc) and Cuban artists on tour Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje Museo del Vapor (halfway to Caibarien) dedicated to, as name says, the venerable steam locomotives; located in tiny village of Reforma where lies the Marcelo Salado sugar mill. One can visit and — with luck and enough cucs (5 or so) — take a short train ride from here in Remedios Artex Boutique, near Hotel Mascotte has music, clothing, some books in English, souvenirs and — a nice new item available all over the country — shower curtains (7,50cuc) showing enlarged Cuban art work.
Main plaza at night © Fonku, panoramio.com •[• Balconies of Teatro Ruben Martinez Villena © sogestour
EVENINGS
There's almost always something going on in Casa de Cultura Agustin J Crespo corner Peña and Pastora Built in 1923, the classical Spanish-style three-storey Teatro Ruben Martinez Villena (calle Pastora) can welcome up to 400 spectators for ballet, theater (local groups include Teatro Guiñol Rabindranath Tagore or Grupo Teatro Irrumpe) and classical music concerts on tour There are Trova shows in the one corner of the main square close to the Estatua de la Libertad Las Leyendas since 2003 has been serving drinks and music La Casa de la UNEAC holds literary events and readings of historical novels Founded in 1949 under the name America Nacional, the Ciné-Teatro Remedios does not serve up theater plays anymore but can welcome up to 616 cinema aficionados.
Las Solapas de Rancho Querete © AIN FOTO/Oscar ALFONSO SOSA Las Solapas de Genaro, part of Rancho Querete. © AIN/Oscar ALFONSO SOS
EXCURSIONS
Going North, take the 2-cuc pedraplen (13 km away after Caibarien) and drive over Buena Vista bay and its Cayo Cobos, Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Borracho, Cayo Ensenachos and the last and largest, Cayo Santa Maria (beaches, all-inclusive hotels and fauna and flora refuges) Map here. Going West, take the scenic, empty and lovely road called Costalera Norte to Yaguajay, site of the great Museo Camilo Cienfuegos. 80 bucolic km's there and back Going East, discover, 57k away the nature of Sierra Guamuhaya where thermal waters and health treatments abound at Villa San Jose del Lago, 84 km east of here near Mayajigua — on lovely grounds around a small placid lake from 30 to 63cuc per person per day, with or without meals for the room, "treatments" extra; on the way there (46 km) or back, stop at the Camilo Cienfuegos Memorial in Yaguajay. Going East also, travelers will enjoy to the max, the basins of Rancho Querete in Sierra Meneses in the nature reserve of Jobo Rosado, part of Parque Nacional Caguanes near Yaguajay, 57 km east of Remedios, past Meneses. Visitors will also find there La cueva de Valdez (grotto) and Las Solapas de Genaro (waterfalls - photo above). Access may be limited, better check with Ecotur (41) 55-4930 in Yaguajay or with your casa owner.

(RE-)NEW BUS SERVICE TO THE CAYOS
The very popular Circuito Norte bus circuit which originated daily in Trinidad and went through Cienfuegos, Santa Clara and Remedios (passing here at 11:35 am), then Caibarien has been restaured, because houseowners and travellers complained so much when it was cancelled in October 2013. Now (since 2015) it goes on to cayos Las Brujas, Ensenachos and Santa Maria. Sked here

PLAYAS
On the Cayeria Norte : Megano lies on Cayo Ensenachos, Las Brujas, which some say is the loveliest in Cuba [in slideshow above, seen from the hotel's lookout/bar; also, Perla Blanca (with the Las Terrazas, at the very end of the pedraplen), Santa Maria (details on that cayo's many beaches here). Best bet (and only choice, really) for enjoying a beach without going through an all-inclusive hotel (charging 25-35 cuc for the day) is to share a taxi (50cuc for 4 - casas can arrange this) to Las Gaviotas beach in the national park (4cuc fee) or Las Terrazas (shops, lockers, showers) and Playa Perla Blanca (5cuc fee).photo © sogestour

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS
::: 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 : 25-30 per bedroom per night [up to 40+ for 4 in a room]; breakfasts 3-5cuc, dinners 8-15cuc. ::: 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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HOSTAL EL CHALET
Two ac br's, private salas & ensuites; patio
Brigadier González # 29, entre José A. Peña y Independencia, one block from main square, Plaza Isabel II. Tel. (42) 39-6538, cel. 58 09 77 15

EL CHALET - JORGE y GISELA © SOGESTOUR

OMARA CARRILLO
Two aircon br's each with ensuite; patio
José Antonio Peña 50, town center, entre Maceo y Brigadier Gonzalez Tel. (42) 39-52-99



LA CASONA CUETO + PALADAR
Nine ac br's (4 with private terraces) ensuites
Alejandro del Rio 72, entre Morales y Maximo Gomez in center behind the statue of Liberty. Tel. (42) 39-53-50



LA ESTANCIA + PALADAR
Three ac bedrooms with ensuites, patio
Camilo Cienfuegos No 34, town center, by the Villena Teatro. Also a paladar (private restaurant). Tel. (42) 39-55-82 cel 51 40 47 10



LA PALOMA + PALADAR
Three aircon bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
Balmaseda #4, e/ Ramiro Capablanca y Maximo Gomez, on Plaza Isabel II. Also a paladar (private restaurant). Tel. (42) 39-54-90 cel. 52 71 10 33



VILLA COLONIAL FRANK y ARELIS
Six ac bedrooms with ensuites, patio, wifi
Antonio Maceo 43, entre Avenida General Carrillo y Fe del Valle, near the Museo Municipal, 150m from main plaza. Tel. (42) 39-62-74, cel. 52 47 57 26

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CASA RICHARD
Three aircon br, ensuites, large patio, wifi
Maceo 52, e/ Fe del Valle y Cupertino Garcia, near the Museo Municipal, 3 blocks from main plaza. Tél. (42) 39-66-49 cell 52 94 02 85

BUEN VIAJE
Three ac bedrooms with ensuites, patio
Andrés del Rio, No. 20, e/ Enrique Malaret y Maximo Gomez, 150 m from Plaza Isabel II Tel. (42) 39-65-60 cel. 54 58 41 25

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PEREZ-RAMOS
Two ac bedrooms with ensuites, patio
Alejandro del Río 78, e/ Máximo Gómez y Enrique Malaret, near Statue of Libertad Tel. (42) 39-54-79 cel. 53 56 49 43 or 55 40 98 69

www.particuba.net •|• Remedios ::: La Casa Yohn

LA RUEDA
Two ac bedrooms with ensuites, patio
Independencia No. 35, entre Hermanos García y Antonia Romero Tel. (42) 39-59-15 cel. 55401187

Hostal La Rueda

LAS CHINITAS
Three aircon bedrooms, ensuite, terraces
Independencia 21, entre Brigadier y Maceo, about 50 m from Parque Marti and wifi zone. Tel. (42) 39-7116



CASA YOHN
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Independencia 24 entre calles Brigadier González y Gonzalo de Quesada, walking distance to Plaza Isabel II. Tel. (42) 39-52-40 cel. 52 47 47 55

www.particuba.net •|• Remedios ::: La Casa Yohn

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OCTAVA VILLA
One ac bedroom, ensuite, patio
Heriberto Duquesne # 9, entre Céspedes y Morales Lemus. Five blocks from centro historico, facing police station. Tel. (42) 39-51-02 ‪cel. 53 76 62 76 or 52 38 58 96‬



LA FRANCIA
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites, small patio
Independencia 8A, e/Brigadier Gonzalez y Maceo Tel. (42) 39-6816 cel. 58 21 79 53

LAS TRADICIONES
Two large ac bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Alejandro del Rio 25, two blocks from the main square and wifi zone. Tel. (42) 39-5455 cel. 53 80 38 82



HAYDEE & JUAN K
Three a/c bedrooms, ensuites, terraces
José Antonio Peña 73, e/Maceo y La Pastora, next to Hotel Barcelona. Tel. (42) 39-5082, cel. 52 70 18 48


EL LABERINTO DE DUARVERAS
Upstairs, two ac br's, ensuites, balconies
Calle Pi y Margall #17, e/ Brigadier Gonzalez y Gonzalo de Quesada, steps from plaza central - and wifi area.. Tel. (42) 39-6823 cel 53 66 65 43



LA KAROLYNA
One ac bedroom, ensuite, patio, terraces
Maceo 68, e/ Fe del Valle y Cupertino Garcia, two blocks from the main plaza - and wifi zone. Tél. (42) 39-6649 cell 53 59 33 03



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SAN JUAN DE DIOS
Large colonial, two ac br's, ensuites, patio.
Independencia 52, e/ Morales Lemus y Juan Bruno Zayas, steps from Etecsa, 500m from centre.. Tel. (42) 39-6629 cel 53 20 07 07



NATALIA
Whole ground floor, one ac br, quiet
José Antonio Peña 83, town center, steps from main square, e/ Maceo y Carmen, across from casa Omara Carrillo. Cel. 54 35 27 70 Darya, the owner; tel. (42) 39-52-99 (Omara, her mother)



LA MANSION
Two ac br's, ensuites, huge patio, historic casa
Maceo 39, e/ General Carrillo y Jose Antonio Pena, two blocks from the main square and wifi zone. Tel (42) 39-5119 (Maité) cel. Armando ("El Titi") 53 13 07 23 or Humberto ("El Coco") 53 74 85 90



LOS VITRALES
Five a/c bedrooms, ensuites, lovely patio
Brigadier Gonzalez 12, e/ Pi y Margall y Alejandro de Rio, two blocks from main square. Tel. (42) 39-5128


HOSTAL PLAZA DEL CRISTO
Up from restaurant, six ac br's, ensuites, roof
Adolfo Ruiz 110, esq. (corner) Independencia overlooking the plaza, 400 m from centre. Tel. (42) 39-5044 cel 53 66 65 46



REAL SOCIEDAD
Colonial, two ac br's, ensuites, patio
Alejandro del Rio 76, next to Museo de las Parrandas, steps from main square, e/ Enrique Malaret y Maximo Gomez. Cel. 54 24 07 46




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