Protuding from the main body of Cuba, cupping the Bahía de Guacanayabo, Granma is a tranquil province, with Bayamo, its appeling capital and birthplace of the father of Cuban independence, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.
Granma is growing in popularity due to the peaceful black-sand resort Marea del Portillo, numerous diving opportunities, the small town of Pilón. On the southern tip of Granma coastline, Las Coloradas, where Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries came ashore on the Granma yatch, is the the highlight of any revolutionary. Nearby, the Parque Desembarco del Granma has several excellent guided nature trails, including El Guafe with its three pre-Columbian petroglyphs. Along the coast lies Manzanillo with its brilliant Moorish architecture.
The province is full of reminders of the Cuban Revolution, and the Cuban Wars of Independence, plaques in the mountain commemorating the 1959 struggle against Fulgencio Batista. Also unmarked, although there are archaeological “digs”, one can find the sites of the various palenques, the fortified hamlets held of escaped slaves. Recently a hurricane destroyed the site of Castro’s headquarters at La Plata. There are numerous abandoned gold, silver, and manganese mine sites.
The main source of revenue comes from Coffee that is grown in the mountainous regions of the province.
Places to go:
- BAYAMO CITY
- MAREA DEL PORTILLO BEACH
- DESEMBARCO DEL GRANMA PARK
- TURQUINO PEAK