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The province of Granma is renowned for its history and breathtaking natural beauty. It is home to the spectacular stretch of the Sierra Maestra mountains, as well as the country’s longest river, Río Cauto. Some of the most pristine coastal marine terraces in the Americas are situated along its rugged southern coastline. The province boasts two national parks, the Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra and the Parque Nacional Desembarco del Granma, habitat of botanical wonders including dwarf orchids and an ancient giant cactus and indigenous wildlife such as the Tocororo and Zunzun bird species.

Diego Velázquez de Cuellar founded Granma’s capital city, Bayamo, in 1513, making it Cuba’s second oldest city after Baracoa. Many of the original colonial buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1869, when citizens set the city ablaze rather than surrendering it to the invading Spaniards. The restored city center has since been declared a national monument. The streets of Bayamo – and virtually every town in the province – come alive with street parties on Saturday nights, a lively and long-standing local tradition.

Granma is the birthplace of Cuban hero Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, who is considered the Father of the Homeland because of his role in the country’s fight for independence. The province contains a remarkable number of museums documenting its history.

Places to stay

  1. Hotel Villa El Yarey
  2. Hotel Escuela Telegrafo
  3. Hotel Royalton
  4. Hotel Marea del Portillo 
  5. Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe

Places to eat

  1. Trebol 
  2. San Salvador de Bayamo Restaurante 
  3. La Bodega 
  4. Polinesio 
  5. Restaurante 1513 
  6. La Estrella 

 


Marea del PortilloMarea del Portillo Beach

This quiet beach is perched on a cove and framed by the stunning Sierra Maestra mountain, you can explore the beach on one of the horseback riding trips that departs from both of the hotels or sit back and enjoy the view on a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride.


Open Seafari

Embark on a seafari cruise that glides along the Portillito Ensenada lake out to the open sea. Another popular seafari route takes you to Cayo Blanco, where you can enjoy lunch on the beach.


Albacora Marea del Portillo Diving Centre

Set out to the region’s dive sites from here and head toward Cabo Cruz, at the southwestern tip of eastern Cuba, where you can see beautiful formations of staghorn coral, gorgonians, common sea fans and a profusion of fish


La Demajagua Sugarmill National MonumentDemajagua's historic ruins

See where Carlos Manuel de Céspedes freed his slaves and rang the bell to declare Cuba’s Independence in 1868 at this former sugar mill near Manzanillo.

 


rio cauto 2Cauto River Walking Tour

Marvel at the beautiful sights along this sparkling river that runs through the Sierra Maestra mountain, including peaceful ponds, enchanting waterfalls and local farmers tending to their crops. This tour departs from Marea del Portillo.

 


Turquino Peak 1Turquino Peak

Trek to the top of Cuba’s highest peak in Sierra Maestra National Park.

 

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