More than salsa, rum and cigars
Cuba has made global history. The revolutionary leaders Che Guevara and Fidel Castro are still the nation’s greatest heroes. Among other things, socialism has preserved the 1950s pizzazz of this Caribbean island state. On that note, hardly anything beats getting to know the Cuban capital of Havana in a legendary vintage convertible car: the historic city centre, the Malecón esplanade or Morro Castle, from where visitors can enjoy superb vistas. For all music lovers and dancing fans - visit one of Havana's many music clubs - the most renowned is the Buena Vista Social Club.
Varadero is the most popular seaside resort in Cuba, it is the perfect location to let the holidays come to an end. But also, the Cayo islands - Cayo Largo, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco - are highly recommended for beach holidays in Cuba. And imagine - when the sun sinks over the sea in the evening, there is hardly anything more beautiful than a glass of rum, a cigar and salsa music in the background.
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Edelweiss tips for Havana
Switzerland meets Cuba: Kurt, born in Switzerland and Yoanis, his Cuban wife, run the Van Van restaurant in Havana - an absolute gem, both in culinary terms and to the eye.
Sightseeing in your Cuba holidays
Havana has a charm all of its own. With its cars from the 50s and its old imposing colonial buildings, Havana is a very special place to see. View in maps
In the western part of Cuba is the Valle de Viñales, known for its beautiful green landscape. Besides hiking and cycling tours, you can also visit many tobacco farmers and marvel at their handicraft. View in maps
The cigar is probably Cuba's most famous export product. Apart from famous brands such as Cohiba Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta, there are also many small manufactures in Cuba that are well worth a visit. Casa de Montecristo (English)
If you start a round trip through Cuba, you will certainly stop in the colonial city of Trinidad. This is known for its colourful little houses, the Plaza Major and the nearby Playa Ancón. View in maps
There are numerous possibilities for relaxed beach days in Cuba: On the house beach of Havana - Playas del Este, in the famous holiday resort Varadero or on one of the many more hidden beaches like Cayo Jutías. View in maps