Holguín, land of enchantment
By Rose Ross
Holguín is a province in eastern Cuba with great tourist and natural attractions that can be enjoyed at any time of the year thanks to its perfect climate. Wonderful landscapes and excellent beaches on its north coast with beautiful coral reefs make this province a true land of enchantment.
Guardalavaca, Pesquero and Esmeralda are the three most popular beach resorts visited by Holguineros and foreign tourists, including among the best in Cuba. With excellent tourist facilities in their surroundings, they are places capable of satisfying the most demanding tastes, including underwater diving.
For those who opt for nature tourism, the main natural attraction of Holguín is the Pico Cristal National Park, created in 1930. Considered one of the areas of natural value and national significance, included in the provincial system of protected areas , this natural park is home to a great variety of species of flora and fauna.
There is also the Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park, which has five small keys. Around the bay there are several trails for lovers of ecotourism and the contemplation of nature. In these keys there are an aquarium and a dolphinarium, with facilities equipped for swimming with dolphins.
You can also visit Gibara, a site that in the 19th century was the main access by sea to the north coast of the eastern Cuban region. This coast town is also known as Villa Blanca, distinguished by the colonial architecture present there. In this place, the Gibara International Film Festival is held each year, created by Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solas, currently directed by fellow Cuban filmmaker and actor Jorge Perugorría.