‘Havana’

Cuba, the essential journey

Visiting Cuba at least once in life is a must for any traveler. Any time of the year is good, but take advantage of autumn, winter and spring, when it is not too hot, making any activity a delight. You can always enjoy sun, sea and sand on its 600 km coastline. Coasts bathed by a crystalline sea and picture-postcard white sandy beaches entice even the most reluctant bather. In its most famous health resort, Varadero, you can practice an infinite number of water sports, from diving or snorkeling to water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing. But you…

The majestic El Vedado district of Havana

Considered today as the heart of the Cuban capital, the El Vedado district takes its name from the prohibitions in force in the 16th century to open paths in that impenetrable region, covered in forest which blocked any hostile access towards the village of St. Christopher of Havana. Large hotels with casinos, restaurants, bars and cabaret clubs were already built in this district in the Batista era, when the American dollars of tourists flowed all around, buying everything. Nowadays, it is a very commercial and central district, a meeting place for tourists and Cubans, and better preserved than some of…

Three cities which explore the life and works of Gabriel García Márquez

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The recently deceased writer Gabriel García Márquez is globally renowned, and not just for his excellent works but also because he gave birth to the concept of magical realism, which exists thanks to the narrative and experiences of this Colombian writer who resided in Mexico had throughout his life. To learn more about him and his work, there are three cities which you absolutely must visit, three cities which, without doubt, maintain the spirit of the magical realism so characteristic of the work of the author of the excellent One Hundred Years of Solitude. The city that has marked a…

Good food in Havana!

In Havana there are great varieties and excellent alternatives when it comes to gastronomy. In this article we take a look at some of the best restaurants to stumble into during your trip to this beautiful city. La Mina Restaurant It has an excellent location, on the corner of the Plaza de Armas, and offers visitors a large number of dishes created using Cuban ingredients, the tamales and black beans with white rice being a highlight. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample a dessert and a delicious Cuban coffee. Address: Obispo 11 on the corner of Plaza de Armas. Restaurante…

Hemingway’s strong ties with the island of Cuba

  Hemingway arrived in Cuba in the first fortnight of April 1928. From here, together with Pauline Pfeiffer, his second wife, he made the crossing to Cayo Hueso, where he completed A Farewell to Arms. He returned in 1932 to fish marlin in Cuban waters. He went back in 1933 and wrote the first of his Cuban-based chronicles. From that point on he never left this “long, beautiful, unhappy island”, as he called Cuba in Green Hills of Africa. The more than two decade stay of the American writer Ernest Hemingway in Havana remains a puzzle to followers of his…

The heartbeat of the city of Havana

There are two types of cities. Those characterized by monuments, buildings, parks, great works of architecture and art, where the visitor feels hopelessly attracted by the beauty of its constructions, always tied to its history, full of tumultuous periods and great passion. And those which, to love them, to feel something for them and fall into their arms, seeing them alone is not enough: you have to experience them. In these cities, the buildings do not draw your attention due to their beauty or the soul of the works of artists housed within, but they breathe daily stories, also tumultuous…

Take a walk through Old Havana

The city of Havana has more than enough attractions and entertainment to justify a trip to the wonderful island of Cuba. There are dozens of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, in addition to a very active cultural side of life and the spectacular historical and cultural heritage which is most notably displayed in the Old Havana area, the historical center of the city. Old Havana is the most interesting and important colonial center in all of the Caribbean. It was declared Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1982 for good reason, and since then it has been improving in a sustained…

The Tropicana offers cabaret lights, sequins, and lots of flavor

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The Tropicana Casino and Nightclub opened in a lush garden in Havana on December 30, 1939. The 2nd World War swept Europe, “Gone With the Wind” had just been released in the United States and a young rebel named Fidel Castro was 13 years old. In its early days Celia Cruz, Liberace, Carmen Miranda, Yma Sumac, Paul Robeson and Orfelia Fox came to the stage. On many of nights the guests were equally famous, such as Marlon Brando, Sammy Davis Jr., Greta Garbo and other Hollywood stars. The Tropicana was the place to be and be seen. There was even…

Fancy basking in the sun this Christmas?

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Did you know there are more than 5,000 islands in the Caribbean? To find the perfect Caribbean island for your Christmas holiday, you should start by deciding what you’d like to see and do. Although you’ll find sun and sand whichever one you choose, not all Caribbean islands are identical. And the same goes for the countries. So what springs to your mind when you think of Christmas in the Caribbean? Do you picture a peaceful, relaxing and quite spot, or do you prefer active tourism in a place with lots of things to see and a lively nightlife? Or…

Cuba, a perfect winter destination

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There’s no denying it; Cuba is well worth a visit at any time of year, but in winter, during the months of December, January and February, the temperatures drop just enough to make any activity you may choose on this Caribbean island even more delightful. Throughout the winter, visitors can continue to enjoy the sun and sand along its 600 km of coasts. The famous bathing spot of Varadero, which boasts no less than 22 km of beaches, is ideal for those that appreciate the multiple hues of the sea that bathes the fine white sands. You can try your…