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Holguín has a strong claim to being the oldest part of the New World: on October 27th, 1492, Christopher Columbus set foot here and declared it “the eyes of the most beautiful country that man has ever seen.” The surrounding region is certainly gifted with astounding scenery, from the crumpled mountains in the south to the pristine coastline of the north. Now Cuba’s 4th-largest city, Holguín itself is known as a city of plazas, and as one of the crucibles of Cuban music. It’s also proud of its brewing heritage, producing internationally renowned lager.

Things to see in Holguín

Centrally located Parque Calixto García is very much the hub of Holguín, designed in 1719 as a marketplace and meeting point for the city’s residents. That’s still the case today, with locals gathering near the statue of General Calixto García to socialize and share stories. Culture isn’t far away, either: there are exhibitions to admire at the Centro de Arte and the city’s largest collection of books to be browsed at the Biblioteca Alex Urquiola. The Museo de Historia Provincial is a national monument that was once a Spanish army barracks. Today, it’s home to the fabled Holguín Axe, reckoned to have been carved some 100 years before Columbus set foot here. The city has another highlight, to be reached after climbing 465 steps to the summit of La Loma de la Cruz: an 18th-century crucifix erected to end a drought, offering astounding views back onto the city.

Hotels in Holguín

Hotels in Holguín are mostly modern establishments, with a smattering of 4- and 5-star spa hotels. Several hotels are either newly built, or have undergone recent renovation or expansion. Many Holguín hotel deals are packages that cover meals, drinks, and other services for guests. Luxury hotels in Holguín are often praised in visitor reviews for their attentive staff and extensive amenities. There’s also a good selection of discount hotels in Holguín that are simple in style, but good for those traveling on a budget. The city’s budget B&B-style options also provide a chance to see the city from the everyday Cuban’s viewpoint.

Where to stay in Holguín

Holguín’s hotels are almost all located near downtown, a relatively short distance from the Plaza de la Revolución. Staying here makes it simple to walk to most of the city’s major attractions and places of cultural interest. Reparto Zaya, in the northern suburbs, is home to a few affordable small hotels, as well as some good budget hotels. To the west, in Nuevo Holguín, there are several larger, relatively modern hotels that are close to the ring road. These make a good base for those wanting to explore the varied landscape of farmland, shoreline, and mountains surrounding the city.

How to get to Holguín

International visitors can fly directly to Holguín’s Frank País Airport from major cities such as Toronto, Montreal, London, Amsterdam, and Düsseldorf. Daily domestic flights from Havana are also possible. Be aware that most bus services from the airport serve the Guardalavaca resort area. Look out for the Transtur bus, which will take you directly into the city. A train runs from Havana to Holguín twice a day, making a number of stops along the way, while Viazul buses run daily. These connect to Havana, Santiago, Trinidad, and Varadero. A good budget option for travel to Holguín is in a shared car from the surrounding provinces.