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Arts & Culture

Granma has an incredible selection of museums documenting the province’s rich history. Browse exhibits from the declaration of independence in 1868, Bayamo’s Great Fire of 1869, the revolution of the 1950s and even a museum featuring waxworks of famous Cubans. Granma also boasts lively venues where you can dance and enjoy live music across the province.

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Architecture

Ruinas de la Quema de Bayamo

Ruinas de la Quema de Bayamo

See remnants of Bayamo’s Fire at this exhibit in the Plaza del Himno.

Plaza de la Patria (Bayamo)

Plaza de la Patria

Pay tribute to Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, known as the Father of our Homeland, at this plaza.

Plaza del Himno

Plaza del Himno

This plaza commemorates the first time the National Anthem was sung publicly, on October 20, 1868. It was composed by Perucho Figueredo. Since 1980, October 20th was proclaimed the Day of Cuban Culture.

Luz Vázquez’s Window

Luz Vázquez’s Window

See where the revolutionary song “Lay Bayamesa” was sung for the first time at this former home of Luz Vázquez. A ceremony is held here every Saturday at 9 p.m.

Plaza de la Revolución

Plaza de la Revolución

Framed by statues of General García, José Joaquín Palma, Canducha Figueredo and Antonio Maceo, this square was originally called Plaza de Armas. It was renamed the Plaza de la Revolución in 1898, after Major General Calixto García’s army took over Bayamo.

Capilla La Dolorosa

Capilla La Dolorosa

Visit Bayamo’s Plaza del Himno to see this charming Baroque chapel built between 1733 and 1740.

Retablo de los Héroes

Retablo de los Héroes

This bronze statue of Francisco Vicente Aguilera, the former mayor of Bayamo, was sculpted in 1954, and features a marble base. The statue is lined with 33 medallions in honour of outstanding Bayamo personalities.

Perucho Figueredo Monument

Perucho Figueredo Monument

Be sure to see the impressive granite marble bust of Figueredo, who composed the National Anthem. You’ll find it in Bayamo’s Plaza de la Revolución.

Celia Sánchez Monument (Manzanillo)

Celia Sánchez Monument

This homage to Fidel Castro’s heroine was built in 1990, and features a terracotta-tiled staircase featuring colourful ceramic murals. Climb to the top for great views of the city.

Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción (Manzanillo)

Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción

Gaze up at the distinctive twin bell towers atop this church erected in 1805. Be sure to step inside to see the impressive gilded altarpiece.

Parque Céspedes (Manzanillo)

Parque Céspedes

Be sure to see this busy central square’s centerpiece: the glorieta, a unique, beautifully ornamented gazebo/bandstand.

San Salvador de Bayamo Church (Bayamo)

San Salvador de Bayamo Church

This site has housed a church since 1514. The current incarnation was erected in 1740, but lost some of its architectural details in the fire of 1869. A church has existed on this site since 1514. The church features a central arch with a mural commemorating the blessing of the Demajagua Flag and the first performance of the National Anthem in 1868.


Dance

Street Parties

Street Parties

Get the full Granma experience by joining the festive parties that happen each week in towns like Bayamo, Manzanilo and Pilón

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Pilón Fiesta

Pilón Fiesta

Don’t miss the open-air fun in the village of Pilón on Saturday nights. Although the town’s sugar mill is now closed, the locals still dance the pilón, a variation which imitates the pounding of sugar.

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Galleries

Galería de Arte (Bayamo)

Galería de Arte

Browse wonderful pieces by local artists at this gallery in Bayamo.


Museums

Museo Municipal (Yara)

Museo Municipal

The town of Yara operated as an integral supply centre during the revolutionary war in the 1950s. This museum houses plenty of interesting artifacts and documents related to Yara’s unique history.

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Monumento Nacional Los Cayuelos (Niquero)

Monumento Nacional Los Cayuelos

Visit the small fishing community of Niquero to see this monument honouring the victims of the Granma landing, who were killed by Batista’s troops in 1956.

Museo La Demajagua (Manzanillo)

Museo La Demajagua

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. Learn about the historic events at the small museum here.

Museo de Cera (Bayamo)

Museo de Cera

For something completely different, stop by this wax museum that features waxworks of famous Cubans like Benny Moré and Polo Montañez.

Museo Ñico López (Bayamo)

See remnants of the historic battle of July 26, 1953, when the Cuban rebel army faced off against the oppressor army. The museum is named after Ñico López, who headed one of the squadrons.

Museo Casa Natal de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (Bayamo)

Museo Casa Natal de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes

This colonial house is one of the oldest in Bayamo, built in the early 19th century. Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, known as the Father of our Homeland, was born here on April 18, 1819. Browse artifacts, art and furniture that belonged to this national hero.

Museo Provincial (Bayamo)

Museo Provincial

Time your visit to this museum – which features artifacts and documents from the Fire of 1869 – to coincide with the piano concert held here every third Sunday.


Sports

Estadio Mártires de Barbados (Bayamo)

Estadio Mártires de Barbados

While in Bayamo, catch one of Cuba’s top baseball teams on their home turf. Baseball season runs from October through April.


Theatres

Teatro de Manzanillo

Teatro de Manzanillo

This beautiful theatre has been meticulously restored, and is decorated with stunning oil paintings. It often hosts performances by touring dance companies like the Ballet de Camagüey.

Teatro Bayamo

Teatro Bayamo

Catch local and touring productions here.

Sala Teatro José Joaquín Palma (Bayamo)

Sala Teatro José Joaquín Palma

This theatre in Bayamo’s historic centre sits on the former site of the La Luz Church. The post-modern theatre was designed by Cuban architect Walter Betancourt in the 1940s. It hosts performances each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Saturdays feature productions by Teatro Guiñol, the noted Cuban children’s theatre company.