If you still haven’t booked your next holiday, why not consider somewhere special like Cuba? Having cemented its place on the world tourism map, there’s never been a better time to visit the country than now.
Cuba has become the ultimate holiday destination over the past few years thanks to its timeless magic. Visiting Cuba doesn’t just feel like going on holiday – it’s like stepping into a time capsule.
From its candy-coloured, colonial architecture to its thriving art scene, idyllic beaches, mind-blowing landscapes, sublime food and unbeatable energy— Cuba has it all.
Whether you’re a history geek, an art lover or into the Dolce Farniente, with so many wonderful and varied options, planning what to do in Cuba, where to stay in Cuba and the best time of year to visit Cuba are just a few of the things you’ll be deliberating before booking your trip.
But we’re here to help. Here are six reasons why you should visit Cuba.
Art galleries in Cuba
Witness Havana’s cultural revolution at the Fabrica del Arte. Havana feels like a dream you don’t want to wake up from. And it’s the city’s evolving art scene that has played a huge part in having transformed Havana into a serious destination for art aficionados. Case in point: Fabrica del Arta, an impressive multipurpose creative space, with a rooftop restaurant.
Where to eat in Cuba
Head to La Guarida for the best Cuban food. Eating at paladars (restaurants located in family-run, private homes) is a must-do in Cuba. But La Guarida isn’t your average spot. Located in a majestic colonial-era building (where the award-winning Cuban film ‘Fresa y Chocolate’ was shot), this stunning gem one of Cuba’s best restaurants. Fresh lobster here is the best.
Where to drink in Cuba
Have a drink along the Malecón, watch the sunset on the waterfront like locals do, relax and enjoy the moment. There’s always something happening on the Malecón. Whether it’s a band playing salsa, kids playing football or people cooking for crowds—catching the sunset and nodding off to the sound of the waves on the Malecón is always a good idea.
Where to dance in Cuba
Dance to salsa all night long at Trinidad’s Casa de la Trova. A four-hour drive from Havana, Trinidad is not to be missed. Spend some time strolling around the colourful town, where locals socialise, have drinks and play music. There’s a powerful energy in Trinidad that you rarely find elsewhere. Grab a mojito and spend your night dancing to Cuban salsa classics at the city’s emblematic open-air bar.
What to see in Cuba
Visit a tobacco plantation while riding a horse. Get out of Havana and head to Viñales, a laid-back town that’s perfect to ride horses, enjoy nature and learn more about the cigar industry. The countryside vibe is relaxed, even by Cuban standards.
What to do in Cuba
Relax by the most gorgeous beaches. Cuba’s great if you’re looking for a barefoot beach holiday. Think serene off-the-beaten-track beaches. Although the region of Varadero is (rightly) famed for its milky-white beaches, we recommend Playa La Reina, the country’s best-kept secret, for a more remote, unique experience.