Cuba is part of the Caribbean islands. It is not only known for its natural beauty, but also for its culture and history. As a tourist strolls through the streets of Havana, the capital city, he or she can enjoy live music being played by street musicians. A lot of vintage cars can be spotted on the streets. Street painters sit on the sidewalks and sell their artworks to visitors. While going around the city, you will almost feel as if time has stood still in this country. Cuba also boasts of a coastline which stretches for more than 3000 kilometers. It is dotted with beautiful white sand beaches that attract tourists from all corners of the globe. Known for inspiring great revolutions, Cuba was also the country where Ernest Hemingway found his inspiration. Here is a list of some of the attractions to explore when visiting Cuba
- Museo de la Revolución y Memorial Granma
Cuba’s Museum of Revolution and the Granma Memorial pays a rich tribute to its former leaders who have sacrificed their lives for Cuba’s freedom. The interior hall decorations of the Museum are a replica of the Versailles’s Hall of Mirrors. The museum is so big that it takes more than an hour to complete a whole tour. One of the highlights of the museum is the motor boat that carried Fidel Castro and his war officials to the island. The museum also offers a unique perspective to the belief of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, two of the most prominent Communist leaders of Cuba.
- Havana’s Cigar Factories
Havana is famous for being the birthplace of premium cigars. The country remains as one of the major cigar producing nations in the world. So, visiting a cigar factory is a must for many tourists in Cuba. There are several cigar factories in Cuba, but only two cigar factories are open to the public. These two are the Partagas Factory or the Fábrica Partagá, s and the Corona Factory or the Fábrica Corona. Visitors stepping in to any of these cigar factories in Havana will find the earthly, intoxicating, and pungent smell of the unlit cigar tobacco. Check out the draw testing machines in these factories. These machines help in the screening of good quality cigars.
- Centro Wifredo Lam and Museo de Arte Colonial
If you are an art or history lover then Centro Wifredo Lam is a must-visit attraction for you. It houses some of the most timeless pieces of artwork in Cuba. It is located just opposite the Havana Cathedral. The Museo de Arte Colonial is located right across the street from Centro Wifredo Lam. It is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Havana. The Museo de Arte Colonial displays several pieces of furniture dating back to the colonial period. These artifacts were collected from various mansions and palaces across the country.
- El Capitolio
The national capital building, also known as the El Capitolio, is located in Havana. It is currently home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. This magnificent building was competed in 1929 after a 3-year construction. The design was inspired from the Pantheon in Paris. However, many would feel it closely resembles the US Capitol building in Washington DC. It is one of the tallest buildings in Havana. The El Capitolio is home to the Statue of the Republic. This gold-covered statue is 15 m high, making it the 3rd tallest indoor statue in the world.
- Ernest Hemingway Museum
The Ernest Hemingway Museum was once the private residence of the renowned American author Ernest Hemingway. It is located about 15 kilometers from Havana. The Cubans call it the Finca Vigia, which means the ‘lookout house’. The museum gives visitors a clear idea about how the author spent his life in this part of Cuba. You get to see a collection of about 9,000 books that made up the author’s personal library. There are also about 3000 photographs of the author and others.
- Plaza de Armas Book Market
This is where you need to be if you love reading and bargaining. Several book sellers located near the Plaza de Armas sell precious and rare books along with Cuban memorabilia. You can easily spend the better part of a day here bargaining and browsing at the several book stalls. The market is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Try to visit during the afternoon or on weekdays, when the place is not as crowded. You can not only browse more relaxedly, but may also strike a better bargain.
- Parque Nacional Vinales
The Parque Nacional Vinales is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the beautiful valley of Sierra de los Organos. Steep hills made of limestone seem to slice through the valley, making way for a breathtaking landscape. Parque Nacional Vinales is one of the best places to explore the natural beauty of Cuba. The park also offers several outdoor adventure activities like horse riding and hiking to the visiting tourists. The valley is largely used for growing vegetables, fruit, and tobacco!
- Playa Paraíso
Literally translating to ‘Paradise Beach’, the Playa Paraíso is truly a paradise for both locals and tourists alike. Located on the island of Cayo Largo del Sur, the Playa Paraiso is one of the most popular attractions of Cuba. Be it for sunbathing or just to laze around, Playa Paraiso fits the bill perfectly. The soft white sand glistening in the tropical sun adds to the beauty of the place. Playa Paraiso is also home to 2 excellent golf courses.
- El Malécon
The El Malécon is a beautiful walkway stretching for almost 7 kilometers. Located on the harbor of Vedado, it is one of the very popular tourist destinations in Cuba. While most people go for a stroll, you can also indulge in activities like swimming and fishing. Such is the beauty of the place, the experience of visiting the El Malécon is guaranteed to remain with you for a long time.
If you are looking for a scenic beach to relax, then Varadero is just the place for you. In addition to the beautiful white sandy beaches, Varadero is also home to the Cayo Piedra Underwater Park. The underwater park is an ideal place for water sports like snorkeling and diving. You can also try deep sea fishing in Varadero. However, if you are planning to keep your feet dry, then head to the golf resort. For the adrenaline junkies, Varadero offers sky diving.
Originally posted 2017-03-31 05:53:43.