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A Cuban adventure in the pearl of the Caribbean

When Christopher Colombus reached Cuba in 1492 he proclaimed it was 'the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen' – and he was right.

Take in the colourful and sublime views of the Havana with a drive along the Malecon, or route through the fertile fields of coffee and cocoa plantations surrounding Baracoa.

Enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters of the beaches of Varadero and spend a day diving in the natural bay of Cienfuegos. But don't forget to take a look at the Caribbean's highest waterfall deep in the Escambray Mountains.

Away from the countryside, explore the colonial architecture of cities like Trinidad. These parts of Cuba are so friendly and engaging you'll find it difficult not to be swept up by the Caribbean rhythms, authentic mojitos and daiquiris in the place where Ernest Hemingway left his mark.

The streets of Trinidad are a jewel of colonial architecture in America. This lively city-museum where Hemingway spent many of his days was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 / © Tourism of Cuba

 

 

Cayo Largo is a small limestone island located off the coast south of Cuba. The 24 miles of white sand beaches are home to an abundance of wildlife including rare turtles and iguanas / © Tourism of Cuba 

Hemingway frequently visited La Bodeguita del Medio for their outstanding mojitos. Today it has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Havana. It serves local food, sells cigars, has live music and is full of the vibrant atmosphere the famous city of Trinidad is famous for / © Tourism of Cuba 

Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city and the 'most Caribbean' of Cuba due to its rich history and cultural legacy / © Tourism of Cuba 

Cuba's love for culture has always been a source of inspiration for artists, musicians and writers / © Tourism of Cuba 

The perfect setting for diving enthusiasts, discover the calm turquoise waters of places like Varadero, Cayo Coco and Cayo Largo for an abundance of underwater caves and colorful coral reefs / © Tourism of Cuba 

Almost all Cuban genres originated in Santiago de Cuba. The city has given birth to great musicians like Sindo Garay, Nico Saquito, Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo and Olga Guillot / © Tourism of Cuba 

The Castillo del Morro or San Pedro de la Roca is the most complete and best preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture / © Tourism of Cuba 

Santiago de Cuba at its most natural. To the east is the Baconao Biosphere Reserve, home to La Gran Piedra,with the greatest biodiversity in Cuba. To the west is the towering Sierra Maestra, with the two highest peaks of the island and the Salton, a resort in the mountains and a paradise for ecotourists / © Tourism of Cuba 

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has the most central position in Havana, perfect for admiring a unique view of the bay with its classic boardwalk and the ancient fortress Morro / © Tourism of Cuba. 

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