Santa Clara is the capital of the province of Villa Clara, located in the central region of Cuba. It was founded in July 1689. It is known, from a historical point of view, for the "Battle of Santa Clara" that was decisive for the achievement of the triumph of the Cuban revolution, in January 1959. Also for hosting the remains of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, "Che", and his comrades in the struggle in Bolivia.
Due to the heritage and historical-cultural values, there were declared National Monuments and are places of tourist interest, the La Caridad Theater; the Capiro hill, the "Mausoleum to the derailment, take and action against the armoured train" and the "Iglesia del Carmen and its urban environment", -foundational site of the city-; the "Leoncio Vidal Caro Park and its surroundings", the Comandante Ernesto Guevara de la Serna Sculpture Complex, as well as the "Marta Abreu" Central University of Las Villas. The Cathedral "Santa Clara de Asís" is considered 'the Notre Dame of Cuba' and is one of the most beautiful neo-Gothic exponents of the architecture of the Antillean country.
The city has experienced notable tourist interest due to its privileged geographical position concerning the main destinations in the central region of Cuba, which include the Northeast Cayeria of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Similarly, in the vicinity of the city is the Abel Santamaría Cuadrado International Airport, third in operations in Cuba. This is the fundamental arrival point for visitors who move to the popular northeastern Cayería of Villa Clara.