Cuba is undoubtedly a country filled with historic, breath-taking landmarks that are culturally very significant; it has nine cultural and natural sites that hold the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage status and another three submitted for consideration!
With so many beautiful attractions and places of interest scattered throughout the country, we’ve handpicked four must-see spots you should include in your itinerary when booking your holiday to Cuba.
As the oldest city in Cuba, Baracoa is one of the country’s best-kept secrets – its isolated location means that you can get a taste of real Cuba and get to know the local characters for a truly authentic experience.
With its secluded black-sand beach, impressive waterfalls and lush green forests, the city is filled with beautiful sights for any lover of nature.
The first rays of sun shoot out over the silhouetted ridges of the valley, slowly beginning to reveal the bright colors stained across the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, Cuba. My eyes still adjusting from the sun, I sit on the terrace at my hostel and take in the slight cool breeze which will disappear in a few moments.
I stare out from the mountains to the sea, still unsure of how one place could be so picturesque. As my eyes survey the now awakened streets, I know that I had not yet seen the town in its full glory and felt the need to go higher up, farther out, and seek out the most beautiful places within the city limits.
(VOVWORLD) – Cuba is famous for cigars and historical relic sites. Cuba has had 9 relic sites recognized as World Heritages by UNESCO. These are advantages for Cuba to develop its tourism.
Granma province, 675 km east of Havana, witnessed key events in Cuba’s history. With 4 out of 9 of Cuba’s cultural heritages, Granma promises to become a popular tourist destination. Bayamo, the second town established by the Spanish in Cuba, is considered the cradle of the island nation. Cuba’s national anthem was written and first sung in Bayamo.
On October 10, 1868, Bayamo became the birthplace of Cuba’s fight for independence from the Spanish colonialists. Visitors to Granma should not miss the Sierra Maestra Mountains, especially Turquino Mountain, at 1974 meters the highest peak in Cuba.
Cuba is one of those incredible countries that mixes a strong and vibrant culture, gorgeous cities and irresistible beaches that’ll make you dash for your flip flops and hop over to this gorgeous island. Whether…
See a Cuba tourists never see. Hike la Ruta de la Revolución trek which follows the historic route of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara that started the Cuban Revolution—from landing in Cuba in a foundering boat to their famous hideout deep in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. Walk for days on wooded trails and mountain roads—see no cars, only the occasional mule cart. Eat dinner by oil lamp with campesino families in remote rural villages. And finally, be one of the very first to do the La Ruta de la Revolución while it’s “undiscovered” and unspoiled. We didn’t see a non-Cuban until we reached Fidel Castro’s Comandancia de La Plata hideout deep in the Sierra Maestra Mountains.
The following includes:
A Trip Guide to La Ruta de la Revolución Trek (the only online or in print guide, even in Cuba)
Let’s face it! Hype is real, and even though I should be skeptical of it with all the traveling I do, I find myself believing the hype more often than you’d think. Case in point: The Cuban city of Trinidad, approximately 200 miles southeast of Havana along the island’s south-central coast.
Trinidad generates the most hype among visitors to Cuba, as cities go anyway—the resort-infested beaches of Varadero have it beat overall. Of course, I’m not here to talk about beaches (although I will again soon) but to answer this question: Is Trinidad de Cuba overrated?
A Cuban Tourist Trap?
Although the Sancti Spíritus province to which Trinidad is home generates less than half the annual tourist stays of, say, Havana, you wouldn’t know that walking down Trinidad’s cobbled streets.
As our ship slowly navigated through the Havana Bay towards the port,the sun was just coming up from the Atlantic Ocean. It was the crack of dawn; puffy white clouds in the sky had a crimson tint on the edgesfrom the rising sun. The gentle breeze was a bit soothing yet it was hot and humid. Many of us with cameras were on the upper deck to watch the ship’s approach to the harbor. As the skyline became clearer, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of skyscrapers, and other buildings painted with bright colors: some old, historic, and yet others revealed neglect.
The waters in the inlet and the bay were calm, clear, and reflected the blue sky. Gentle waves with white peaks welcomed us along with a few people on the shore.
The Cuban ancient city of Trinidad, along with the Valle de Los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) —both located in the province of Sancti Spiritus, central Cuba—, were the first sites of the island to be granted the recognition of Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, back in 1988.
The outstanding universal values of this village, founded in the early 16th century in honour of the Holy Trinity, were key factor to determine its inclusion in this list, where there are just a few other Cuban places. The prosperity of Trinidad during the 18th and 19th centuries and the remarkable testimony of the Valle de los Ingenios concerning the development of the sugar history, are mandatory when referring to this southern Cuban territory.
The United States eased travel restrictions to Cuba in early 2015, opening the door for Americans to enter a country that boasts beautiful colonial architecture, rich culture and people with a generous spirit. Here’s how to spend two days in the country’s capital, Havana.
I hate to be the one to do this, but I’m here to tell you that the frozen-in-time utopia of 1950s American cars, sherbet-colored neoclassical architecture, and Buena Vista Social Clubs on every corner is not a realistic picture of present-day Cuba.