Remedios, one of Cuba’s oldest cities, is located 9 kilometers from the northern coast, in Villa Clara province. Historians believe it was founded between 1513 and 1524 (the exact date is unknown) by a Spanish nobleman. The reason for the confusion could be that the aristocrat, in an early version of tax evasion, maintained the village a secret from the King of Spain as long as possible.
Remedios, today a lovely town of some 30,000 inhabitants, still has some examples of 17th-century Spanish architecture – best appreciated on a leisurely stroll. In 1980, the city center was declared a National Historic Monument.
Remedios main attraction is Plaza Martí, partially restored in 1970, which is surrounded by colonial buildings, marvelous monuments, and palm trees. The Parroquia de San Juan Bautista houses 13 beautifully gold-encrusted altars. Because the city was under constant siege by pirates, the altars where covered with white paint; the gold beneath was revealed during renovation.
The spacious park in the middle of the plaza is a delight, with children playing around the pretty gazebo and plenty of benches to sit. Remedios is the smallest town in Cuba with two churches on its main square.
Each year between the 16th and 26th of December, Remedios is transformed from a quiet place into a full-blown party town during the festivities known as "Las Parrandas de Remedios" , one of the oldest fiestas in Cuba.
The rest of the year, the Parrandas Museum displays photos, documents and hand-made objects linked to this unique tradition.