Granma Province Attractions
Located in southeastern Cuba, the Province of Granma is full of history and natural beauty. The towns and mountains of Granma have played a role in the country's history from the wars of Independence to the Revolution.The Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra is home to some of Cuba's most rugged terrain and highest peaks. This mountainous area was used as the headquarters for Fidel Castro during the Revolution, and where Che Guevara did his broadcasts. In addition to the history the mountains also offer some wonderful hiking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.Bayamo, the capital city of Granma, has been the center of political upheaval and revolts in Cuba. History is remembered here through the numerous parks and monuments, which pay tribute to war heroes and historical events.
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.
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.
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.