Cuba travel guide

Travelling around Cuba can feel like you've stepped back in time – the iconic classic cars from the 1950s are everywhere, the architecture is from a bygone era and it's perfectly normal to see a horse and cart in the street or a man using oxen to plough his field. The Caribbean island, famous for... Continue Reading →

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Havana – in pictures

Here are some of my favourite photos from Havana. First up, the courtyard at the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Basílica Menor de San Francisco de Asís. A statue (and a pigeon) in the Plaza de San Francisco. View across the rooftops of Old Havana. Catedral de San Cristóbal. Bells in front of the Basílica... Continue Reading →

Havana

"If you only do one thing when you're in Havana, make sure you go to the Hotel Nacional and sit on the terrace with a cocktail," I was told by a friend-of-a-friend at a wedding a few days before I went to Cuba. And it's how I came to spend my final morning on the... Continue Reading →

Santa Clara

Images of Ernesto "Che" Guevara abound throughout Cuba, but I was taken aback by the sheer scale of the Conjunto Escultórico Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara memorial dedicated to the revolutionary doctor at the Plaza de la Revolución in Santa Clara. It's staggering and an impressive sight. At the heart of the giant memorial is an enormous statue... Continue Reading →

Sancti Spíritus

The old city of Sancti Spíritus was founded by the conquistador Diego Velázquez in 1514. Originally situated on the Tuinucú river, in 1522 it was re-established on the river Yayabo, where it still stands today. It's a pretty, relaxed city and a great place to spend a few hours mooching around, wandering into the little shops and... Continue Reading →

Cienfuegos – in pictures

Here are some of my favourite photos of Cienfuegos, starting with this pretty building on a street corner near Parque Marti. A bandstand in the centre of Parque Marti. A monument in Parque Marti. A plaque of a compass on the ground in Parque Marti. Another monument in Parque Marti.

Cienfuegos

Nicknamed the "Pearl of the South", the city of Cienfuegos on the southern coast of Central Cuba boasts a beautiful bay and some picture-perfect architecture. The centre of Cienfuegos is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to some spectacular old colonial buildings. Some of the most notable examples are situated around the central square, Parque Marti,... Continue Reading →

How to… make the perfect mojito

Cuba is the home of the mojito, so naturally I made sure to sample as many as possible while there. Keen to recreate this refreshing cocktail at home, I paid attention to how they were made and even had a mojito-making lesson from a barman in Havana. Many Cuban bars use a combination of sugar syrup... Continue Reading →

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