Holguin is located 680 km East from the capital, Havana. This is the third largest city in Cuba with 1,5 million inhabitants.

Columbus discovered Cuba in Gibara (Holguin) on October 27th, 1492. The international airport is located about 1 hour drive from the hotels in Guardalavaca and 2½ hours from Playa Covarrubias.

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Where is Holguin, Cuba ?

Holguin is located in the eastern sector of the country, with an area of 9300 km2. To the north, we find the Atlantic Ocean, south the provinces of Granma and Santiago de Cuba and Las Tunas on west.

Holguin has 350 kms of coastline with many beautiful beaches and bays such as Gibara, Banes and Nipe, which is the largest in Cuba.

This is the third most important tourist attraction of Cuba. Although Holguin is traditionally an agricultural region, it is now a major industrial area of Cuba. Holguin represents over 20% of exports to the country. It is also the production of sugar and citrus.

The fishing industry is important in this region of Cuba. What we find in the city of Holguin ... Several small urban parks including Park San Jose, San Isidro Park, Parque Marti and most importantly, Calixto García located in the downtown.

There are also provincial art galleries, a library, a Casa de la Trova, Marti's cinema, theater Eddy Sunol, the provincial museum's Periquera, a science museum and a museum of history.

There are currently 12 hotels (5,635 rooms) offering the all-inclusive package in the province of Cuba. These hotels are located on six beaches of white sand in the Atlantic ocean.

Not to be missed the « Loma de la Cruz » (Hill of the Cross), where a large cross has been erected. To get there, there is a road accessible to vehicles including buses, or you may use its 450 steps. The view is beautiful!

The municipality is divided into the barrios of aguaras, Aguas Claras, Alcala, Arroyo Blanco del Sur, Baguanos, capitate, Cacocún, Calderon, Camaz, Cauto du Christ, Corralillo Purnio Crosses, Damian, Floro Perez Guabasiabo, Guayabal Guirab , Haticos de Purial, La Aguada, La Cuaba, La Palma, La Rioja, Las Calabazas, Managuaco, les melons, North Omaja, Purnia, San Agustin, San Andres, San Francisco, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Rita, Sud Tacama, Tasajeras, Nails, United, Velasco, et Yayales Yareyal (source : Wikipedia).

Holguin international airport

The Frank Pais Airport is located south of the capital Holguin. This airport is for international and domestic flights.

Longitude : 76° 18' 54'' W
Latitude : 20° 47' 7'' N

Frank Pais was a reformist professor and Cuban revolutionary who fought against the Batista dictatorship. Member of the group of July 26th. He was murdered by police in Santiago July 30, 1957. A martyr of the revolution.

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Christopher Columbus landed in Gibara, on the coast of Holguin, on October 27th, 1492. The city was founded in 1545 by García de Holguin, who named San Isidoro de Holguin, later shortened to Holguin.

In 1600, the place known to Hato Holguin separates the administration of the city of Bayamo. In 1712 the Bishop of hostis Gerónimo y Valdés authorizes the chapel of the city becomes Church. Juan González de Herrera was the first priest holder.

On April 14th, 1720 is the date used by weary residents of the city to celebrate its foundation. The date is the first mass celebrated in the Church of San Isidoro present.

In 1726, Diego de la Torre Hechavarría becomes the first city officials responsible to mediate in local conflicts. In 1745 Captains Pedro Batista Bello y Garced dies in battle against the English, who tried to ascend from the bay of the river Gibara Cacoyuguín to seize the city. Holguin in 1751 received the title of City. (source: Wikipedia)

Chart of distances from Holguin

Click the image to left to see a table of distances (km) between the city of Holguin and several other cities of Cuba.

Click HERE  to see a chart of kilometers between the hotels of Holguin (approximation).

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