A country known for Fidel Castro's fading brand of communism and its sublime, sandy cayes, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands and promises an eclectic mix of things to do. The capital, Havana, with its classic car-lined streets and vibrant music scene, can be explored in a number of ways. City tours focus on the crumbling, historical centre of this World Heritage Site, whereas a trip to a cigar factory offers a fascinating insight into the production of one of Cuba's most famous exports.
Away from the city, the small countryside town of Vinales forms the gateway to rocky limestone outcrops known as mogotes — one of which exhibits the history of evolution, painted in bright colours on its side. Walking and trekking are also recommended here.
Ideas for experiencing Cuba
Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Cuba, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.