Colourful Cuba holidays
Salsa rhythms, colourful cars, a unique landscape and a compelling history – Cuba is an incredible country to explore. It’s the biggest of the Caribbean islands and has a larger-than-life personality to go with it – Cuba holidays are filled with adventure, excitement and unforgettable experiences.
Stroll through the streets of Havana’s old quarter, watching as Cadillacs and convertibles motor past restored Spanish colonial mansions. Sip rum-spiked cocktails in atmospheric bars (and perhaps learn to make one or two yourself). Discover coffee plantations and underground rivers in the lush Viñales Valley. Delve into the island’s rich history, from the Spanish invasion to the years of revolution. And soak up that Caribbean sunshine on palm-fringed white-sand beaches.
The Cuban capital is a joy to explore – see the sights, sip the mojitos, spot the vintage motors and soak up the city’s infectious Latin spirit. An amble around Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, reveals traffic-free squares, colonial architecture and quirky street art. Duck into salsa dens, cocktail bars or art galleries, or visit one of the city’s great museums.
Travel west from Havana to find the tranquil Las Terrazas Nature Reserve and eco-village where you can hike through wooded trails spotting the colourful birdlife and perhaps plucking a banana fresh from the tree. In the striking Jurassic valley of Viñales you’ll discover the different techniques of coffee and tobacco farming, as well as vivid green landscapes, limestone formations and winding rivers.
Known as the ‘Pearl of the South’, Cienfuegos is a glorious UNESCO-listed jumble of colourful villas, elegant architecture and Parisian-style boulevards. Admire mint, peach and raspberry-hued houses, or perhaps visit a cigar factory or the ornate Tomas Terry Theater.
Trinidad is hailed as one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Its old town is all cobbled streets, palm-flecked gardens and balconied mansions. Save time to delve into the Museo Romántico, a sunshine-yellow mansion housing a treasure trove of art, antiques and fine china, or the Santander Fine Art Family House, a workshop-gallery that displays traditionally made mud pottery.
The flight time from the UK to Cuba is around 10 hours.
The climate in Cuba is subtropical with cool trade winds providing relief from the heat and humidity. The average year-round temperature is around 27°C and there's plenty of sunshine.
Rainfall is common throughout the year, especially from May to October, and the island is sometimes affected by hurricanes and tropical storms. Temperatures can be quite low in the evenings during winter, so pack a few warm clothes if you’re travelling then.
Cuba is five hours behind GMT.
The official language is Castilian Spanish. Some hotel staff and many people in larger towns speak English.
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