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What to see in Cuba

Cuba Attractions

Cuba is a country like no other, with Havana's charming colonial architecture and revolutionary artefacts infused with communist iconography. It's a vibrant, fun and unique holiday destination, with strolls around the streets or along beaches entertainment enough for most visitors.

But there are plenty of cultural and historical sites in Cuba for those who enjoy more traditional sightseeing, such as the Museo de la Revolución, the Capitolio Nacional and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Then there are the fabulous beaches, largely free of the rampant resort development elsewhere in the Caribbean. And the beaches are not the only natural wonders, with the countryside boasting a wealth of natural splendour and interesting attractions, such as the sugarcane palaces of Trinidad and the colonial city of Sancti Spiritus.

Cuba is also developing its potential for ecotourism with stunning natural regions such as the Montemar Natural Park which is made up of forests, marshes and beautifully clear lagoons. The cave systems of Gran Caverna de Santo Tomas are also pleasantly unspoilt, allowing for a more authentic caving experience than many of the glitzy tourist-orientated caves found on the international circuit.

Capitolio Nacional

One of Havana's grandest pieces of architecture, the Capitolio is an important landmark and one of Centro Habana's major sights. A monumental stone stairway leads to the vast domed…

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El Malécon

A five-mile (8km) esplanade, roadway and seawall, running between the harbour in Old Havana and the historically Russian area of Vedado, a stroll along El Malécon is the…

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Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás

The Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás are situated about 10 miles (16km) west of Viñales. With more than 29 miles (46km) of underground galleries spanning eight different…

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Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Old Havana (Habana Vieja) is the historic section of Cuba's capital, its ruined defensive walls still attempting to fence in the district. During the years of Prohibition in the…

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Museo de la Revolución

Formerly the Presidential Palace and headquarters of the Cuban government, this impressive building now houses documents, photographs and artefacts pertaining to the Cuban Revolution.…

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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

The Bellas Artes Museum was founded in 1913 and is split into two buildings, one housing international art and the other Cuban art. Both collections should delight any visitor…

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Santa Clara

The city of Santa Clara is best known for the Che Guevara Mausoleum and other monuments relating to the Cuban Revolution. The Tren Blindado marks the spot where Guevara attacked…

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Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills)

This emerald valley was once the centre of the sugar industry in Cuba in the 18th and 19th centuries. At its peak, there were over 70 sugarcane mills and about 30,000 slaves working…

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The 22 mile (36km) stretch of Varadero Beach has often been referred to as one of the world's most beautiful. Crystal-clear water makes for amazing diving, fishing and snorkelling,…

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