‘Cuba’

Trinidad, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Cuba

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Trinidad is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Cuba and in the Americas. It is located on the coast of the Caribbean, in the region of Sancti Spiritus, between the beautiful virgin beaches of Ancón and the fascinating mountains of the Sierra del Escambray. Founded in the early 16th century to honor the Holy Trinity, the city was a stepping stone for further conquests in the Americas. The existence of the city was backed by the sugar industry that flourished there and in the nearby Valle de los Ingenios from the end of the 18th to the 19th…

A museum of cars from the 1950s

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  Cuba is literally a museum of cars from the 1950s. With nearly 60,000 vintage automobiles, anywhere you go you’ll come across classic models of a number of American manufacturers: Chevrolet Oldsmobiles, Buicks, Fords, Studebakers and Plymouths, which would later become Chrysler. Fidel Castro forbade the import of vehicles from abroad, so until recently it was nearly impossible to buy an automobile made outside Cuba. The only American cars that could be bought for private use in Cuba were those purchased and registered before the Revolution. And since there were many of these thanks to the wealthy past of Cuba’s…

Merengue, bachata, salsa… Caribbean rhythm

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  Travelling to the Caribbean coast means that you’ll be exposed to their rhythm and dances. Caribbean music is a blend of African, European and indigenous rhythmic forms, largely created by the descendants of African slaves. Today some of these musical styles are very popular away from the Caribbean. Here we will share a few of their secrets with you. Merengue is a musical dance and musical form that is very popular in the Dominican Republic. It is the offspring of two original dances (calenda and chicha) brought from Africa by slaves. Merengue is purported to have originated in the…

Essentials of Trinidad, Cuba.

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Trinidad is a charming old open-air museum, a Spanish colonial settlement that is perfectly conserved and where time came to a standstill nearly two centuries ago. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, it is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of the Americas. Thanks to its sugar cane production, it was one of the most prosperous cities in the Antilles. During the times of plenty, in the 18th and 19th centuries, a number of mansions were built in the colonial style. Trinidad is located in the center of Cuba, between sea and mountains and surrounded by…

Cuba

Locked in time, Cuba is much more than simply a place for a quick getaway. It has so many appealing features that you’ll have to plan out the purpose of your trip to this fascinating country. Cuba is blessed with the most beautiful and exuberant natural gifts, vibrating, colorful landscapes, protected natural areas and paradisiac beaches. It is a country of contrasts, where past and present, freedom and restriction cohabitate. Its people are generous, intellectual, cultivated, dreaming, cheerful and passionate. They are the backbone of a musical nation, with deep-rooted culture and perfectly preserved history. The decadent architecture is beautiful…

IBEROSTARCHEF ON TOUR CONQUERS AMERICA

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Iberostarchef on Tour is back – a unique culinary event from Iberostar Hotels that sees 9 different Michelin starred chefs tour different Iberostar Hotels   Participating chefs in this year’s edition of Iberostarchef on Tour include Daniel Humm, Suzette Gresham, Ronny Emborg or Carlo Mirarchi as well as Spanish chefs Jordi Cruz and Manuel Berganza. They all hold Michelin stars and have managed to win over even the most demanding gourmets at restaurants in New York, San Francisco or Barcelona.       12 months, 14 dinners and 16 Michelin stars comprise this unique event that will enable IBEROSTAR Hotels &…

The Cayos of Cuba

  Getting to Know some of the Cayos (Keys) of Cuba is a good reason to visit this country that has nearly everything. If you want to turn your back on worldly troubles for a while and relax in paradise, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Ensenachos are the perfect destination. These two Caribbean jewels are in Buena Vista Bay, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Washed by turquoise waters, these two cayos feature some of the best beaches on the island. It is a paradise of white sand with plenty of room and not many people, where you can relax and…

Nightlife in Havana

If you travel to Havana you’ll be on your toes all day long. You can move through Old Havana, the Malecón, the Vedado quarter and Downtown Havana… But we recommend saving up some energy for the evening. Well-known places such as El Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio, closely linked to the figure of Ernest Hemingway, are bound to be packed with tourists, but they’re interesting nonetheless and you’ll be able to enjoy the best mojitos and daiquiris. Havana offers you salsa, boleros, jazz, and son. Live performances are great to watch and there is usually something going on in…

Enjoy the best dolce far niente in Varadero with the Caribbean rhythms

The beach of Varadero is considered by many as the best beach in the world and it is one of the main tourist destinations of the Caribbean—even if Varadero is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Varadero has many of the appeals required of a dreamlike beach: coconut trees, white sand, good weather and lots of sun, all types of water and recreation activities, even for going with children. It is ideal for indulging in the dolce far niente, soothed by Caribbean rhythms. Located on the Peninsula of Hicacos, in the northern part of the province of Matanzas…

10 tips for travelling to Cuba

Cuba is the place to go—for so many reasons! The latest political events add to the appeal of travelling to this great island, so here go a few tips that will help everything go right on your trip to Cuba. · Electric sockets: In Cuba electric sockets are designed for flat pronged American style plugs. Some of the larger hotel chains have sockets for round, European style prongs, but your best bet if you don’t want to be frustrated is to take a universal plug with you. · Include a first aid kit in your luggage: If you plan to…