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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and for this reason known as the Isla Grande, and owns amazing natural and historical beauties. A trip to Cuba is unique not only because the country has the peculiarity of being one of the last communist countries of the world but especially for the extraordinary friendliness of its inhabitants. Music is another of the strengths of a trip to Cuba where you can attend special concerts of salsa, son, boleros, etc.

Havana

The Cuban capital is a city with undeniable charm, though decadent because of the poor state of many of its buildings which have undoubtedly lived better times. The historic center of the city, Old Havana (Habana Vieja), however, is being restored since it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. l'avana

Havana was the main center of the Spanish empire in the Americas and therefore owns some of the finest colonial buildings in Latin America. The historic center of Havana is developed around four great squares: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza Vieja. Calle Obispo, a major shopping street, leads to Centro Havana which houses other important buildings such as the Capitolio Nacional, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Revoluciòn.

The Vedado district is the centre of Havana nightlife and hosts the top hotels in the city, the University and the Plaza de la Revoluciòn, site of major political demonstrations. The Vedado was built before the revolution to be the residential district of the city where the most beautiful houses and nightlife attractions were located. La Rampa, near the famous Hotel Nacional, is still the center of the nightlife of Havana by hosting clubs such as the Cabaret Nacional and the Salon Rojo of the Hotel Capri. The district of Miramar is another residential area, home of the embassies.

From Havana you can easily reach the beautiful Playas de L'Este, the beaches that are located about 20 km east of the city. The taxi ride takes about 20 minutes and costs about 15 CUC each way.The finest of these beaches is probably that of Santa Maria del Mar, along with neighbouring Marazul and Megano.

The rest of the island: from Pinar del Rio to Baracoa varadero

Cuba owns many other attractions besides those of its charming capital. West of Havana, Viñales and Pinar del Rio offer some of the most beautiful natural scenery of the island. Pinar del Rio is also the main area of cultivation of tobacco for the production of the famous Cuban cigars. In this area are also located some pristine beaches like those in the islands of Cayo Levisa and Cayo Jutias and the diving paradise of Maria la Gorda. East of Havana is Varadero one of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean, although very touristy.

South of Havana is located the beautiful Isla della Juventud, which hosts a university, the Parque Nacional de la Peninsula de Zapata, where you can admire the famous Cuban crocodiles, and the Bay of Pigs, target of the failed U.S. landing on the island in 1961. Santa Clara is a destination for tourists wishing to visit the Memorial to Ernesto Che Guevara, while to the south is Trinidad, one of Cuba's main tourist destinations thanks to its beautiful colonial architecture. Further east Camaguey is another pretty colonial town, also known for its lively nightlife. Finally, at the far east of the island are Santiago de Cuba, the ancient capital and the birthplace of Fidel Castro, and Baracoa, owning a nice beach and which was the place of first landing of Christopher Columbus in Cuba.

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