Granma main atractions
Atraction in Granma     Plaza del Himno Nacional
Plaza del Himno Nacional, near the Plaza de la Revolucion, is one of Bayamo's historically significant squares. Plaza del Himno Nacional translates to 'Square of the National Anthem' and is so named for the first playing of the national anthem, which took place in the church near this square. A monument in the Plaza del Himno Nacional pays tribute to the creator of the national anthem, Perucho Figueredo. His bust stands on top of a large plaque with the words and music to the song. The national anthem was first played here on October 20, 1868. The following year, the town's people burned Bayamo to the ground rather than see it fall to the Spanish. As a result the town is known as the birthplace of the Cuban Nation.
Atraction in Granma     Parque Cespedes
Bayamo's Plaza de la Revolucion, also commonly called Parque Cespedes, is a good place to begin exploring the city. Not only will visitors find some of the city's most impressive architecture and war monuments, it is also the heart of the city with people constantly coming, going, or just relaxing. In the center of Parque Cespedes is a bronze statue of war hero Carlos Manuel de Cespedes. Encompassing the square is a stone bench where locals can always be seen reading, relax, or conversing. Some of the buildings on Plaza de la Revolucion are the Cultural Center, the Royalton Hotel, the Poder Popular offices, and Pedrito café.
Atraction in Granma     Manzanillo
Manzanillo is surely not at the top of most travelers must see list in Cuba. This little seaside port town has little to offer visitors in terms of interesting sights, beaches or accommodation options. Nonetheless, travelers who make the effort to come here will find they receive little attention or hassle by locals. This can be a welcome treat after visiting some of the major tourist centers. If you are spending time in Manzanillo there are some places worth visiting. In the main square called Parque Cespedes is the Glorieta Morisca, a unique looking Moorish style bandstand, built in 1924. Around the square visitors will find restaurants and cafes. Also of interest is the little Iglesia de la Purisma Concepcion, a neo-Classical style church built in the 1920s, the old town hall which is now the Asamblea Municipal del Poder Popular, and the Museo Historico Municipal with artifacts dating from the 16th Century.
Atraction in Granma     Iglesia Parroquial Mayor de San Salvador
Near the Plaza Himno Nacional stands the Iglesia Parroquial Mayor de San Salvador. This church is most important for being the location where the national anthem was first played. Each member of the orchestra to participate in that historic event is listed on a plaque. The original church, like the rest of the buildings in the town, was burned during the fire of 1869. The only part of the original structure to survive the fire was the Capilla de Dolorosa, constructed in 1740. The chapel is noteworthy for the gilded wood baroque main altar and the statue of the Virgen de Dorolosa, both of which date to 1740. The new Iglesia Parroquial Mayor de San Salvador was built in 1919 and features a mural of Manuel Cespedes blessing the flag, done by Luis Desangles.
Atraction in Granma     Gran Parque Sierra Maestra
Spanning the provinces of Granma and Santiago de Cuba is the Gran Parque Sierra Maestra, home to Cuba's highest peaks, including Pico Turquino at 1974m / 6,390ft. This mountainous area is famous for being the hideout and headquarters for Fidel Castro and Che Guevara during the revolution. The Gran Parque Sierra Maestra is remote and rugged, and some areas are only accessible on foot. There are some great hiking opportunities in the mountains and guides are available. There is a popular three day hike which requires a guide and is moderately strenuous. There are camp sites along the way or rustic shelters.
Atraction in Granma     Comandancia de la Plata
From the viewpoint of Alto del Naranjo a 3km / 2mi trail leads to the Comandancia de la Plata, the 1950s headquarters of Fidel Castro. The only way to get to this location is to walk, but it is not strenuous and should only take about an hour. Visitors must first obtain a permit from the rangers in Villa Santo Domingo. On site at the Comandancia de la Plata is a museum, a small 'hospital', command post, and the Radio Rebelde where Che Guevara did his broadcasts. The setting here is beautiful with lush dense forest and rugged mountains. The Alto del Naranjo view point can be reached either by a walking a 5km / 3mi trial or with an off road vehicle and does not require a permit.
Atraction in Granma     Birthplace of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes
Bayamo's greatest war hero was born here at Casa Natal de Carlos Manuel de Cespedes in 1819. Manuel de Cespedes is credited with leading the independence movement in 1868. His birthplace, Casa Natal de Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, where he lived until the age of 12, is now a museum. On display are Cespedes personal items and documents, information on the history of Bayamo and the death of Cespedes, along with some of the home's original furnishings. The house itself is also a significant piece of architecture, as the only remaining two story Colonial house in Bayamo.
Atraction in Granma     Bayamo
Capital of Granma province, Bayamo is a small size city with a relaxed atmosphere and refreshingly, not overrun with tourists. It is one of the oldest towns in Cuba and is a national monument. Bayamo was founded in 1513 but the town was burned to the ground by the town's people in 1869, during the First War of Independence, as an alternative to surrendering it to the Spanish. As a result, the town does not boast great Colonial architecture. There are several monuments in the town related to the war of independence, which figured so prominently in the history of Bayamo. The town also played a part in the Revolution, which is recognized throughout the town.

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