For other uses, see Holguin (disambiguation).
|Total||655.9 km (253.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Density||528/km (1,370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|Area code(s)||+53 24|
See also: Timeline of Holguín
The settlement was founded in 1523 on land donated by Diego de Velázquez to Captain Francisco García Holguín, a Spanish military officer.
Holguin added his maternal surname to the name of the town, giving it the name San Isidoro de Holguín.
Prior to 1976, Holguín was located in the province of Oriente.
Before Pope Francis's visit to the United States, in September 2015, he visited Cuba, and one of his stops was at the Diocese of Holguín to, among other things, commemorate the location where Christopher Columbus landed.
The municipality is divided into repartos or barrios.
The old municipality was more extense, and in 1940 included: Aguarás, Aguas Claras, Alcalá, Arroyo Blanco del Sur, Báguanos, Cabezuelas, Cacocum, Calderón, Camazán, Cauto del Cristo, Corralillo, Cruces de Purnio, Damián, Floro Pérez, Gibara, Guabasiabo, Guayabal, Guirabo, Haticos del Purial, La Aguada, La Cuaba, La Palma, La Rioja, Las Calabazas, Managuaco, Melones, Norte, Omaja, Purnio, San Agustín, San Andrés, San Francisco, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Rita, Sur, Tacámara, Tasajeras, Uñas, Uñitas, Velasco, Yareyal and Yayal.
At present time, some of the above are part of other municipalities, but the following still belong to Holguín: Aguas Claras, Guirabo, La Cuaba, Las Calabazas, Purnio, San Andrés, Yareyal.
The brewery is based in the city.
It makes three brands of beer (Bucanero, Cristal and Mayabe) sold in convertible pesos.
There are two small hotels (or villas) focusing on health tourism in the outskirts of the city, very close to the airport: and .
Patients like Argentine football (soccer) star Diego Maradona have been treated there for substance addiction.
There are also two established city hotels ( and ).
More recently, a few small (boutique) hotels, managed by Hoteles E, have opened (, one block away from , and , right across from ).
As of May, 2020, and after a major restoration, there's a third boutique hotel about to be inaugurated (, right across one of the corners of the main plaza and heart of the city ().
In 2004, the municipality of Holguín had a population of 326,740.
With a total area of 658 km (254 sq mi), it had a population density of 497/km (1,290/sq mi).
By 2012, the population had increased slightly to 346,195 for a population density of 520/km (1,300/sq mi).
There are several small city parks such as , , , , among others, most central the in the downtown area.
One of the most famous landmarks of the city is the Loma de la Cruz (English: Hill of the Cross), which can be ascended by climbing its +450 stairs, and from where the whole city can be admired.
There, in the early years of the city, a large cross was erected with the belief that it would protect it from evil coming down from the North.
The main post-secondary education institution is the University of Holguín "Oscar Lucero Moya" (Spanish: "Oscar Lucero Moya", UHO).
Other post-secondary educational centers are: (University of Medical Sciences) "Mariana Grajales", (Pedagogical University of Holguin, formerly Instituto Superior Pedagógico, ISPH) "José de la Luz y Caballero", and (formerly Facultad de Cultura Física) "Manuel Piti Fajardo".
- Faustino Oramas, Cuban composer and musician
- Mario Kindelán, Olympic Gold Medalist amateur boxer
- Eglise Gutiérrez, opera singer
- Reinaldo Arenas, poet and novelist
- Oscar Hijuelos, Cuban-American Pulitzer Prize-winning author, whose parents were born and raised in Holguín before immigrating to the USA.
- Puntillita (Manuel Licea), Cuban popular singer
- Aroldis Chapman, Major League Baseball player
- Odalis Revé, Olympic Gold Medallist judoka
- Jorge Nunez Asencio, Chess Master and Greatest Teacher of All Time
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