First discovered in 1492 a few miles off Guardalavaca and Playa Pesquero, Cuba was described as “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen”, and in the many years to follow, very little has changed.
During the first seven years, seven villages were founded: Baracoa, Bayamo, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Santiago de Cuba, Puerto Principe and, what is now the capital city, Havana. All these towns hold a piece of Cuba’s history, and the eclectic fusion of nations that bind to form its national identity. Its African, Spanish and colonial heritage manifest at every corner; in the crumbling buildings, intricate architecture, courtyards and signature archways, even in the flavour of its cuisine.
The classic 1950’s American cars have become as much a part of Cuban identity as the country’s music, picturesque beaches and UNESCO World heritage sites that people travel across the world to see. Its natural beaches - on the mainland and surrounding the islets - reach over 300 in number and boast some of the most beautiful vistas in the Caribbean. Guardalavaca, Varadero, Pesquero, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo and Cayo Guillermo are among the most important coastal resorts in Cuba, while Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey, Santa Clara, Trinidad and Cienfuegos are Cuba’s most visited cities.
The seductive combination of culture, nature, beaches, history and hospitality, make Cuba an irresistible destination for tourists from all over the world. With President Obama, Karl Lagerfeld and even the Kardashians counting amongst this year’s record number of visitors, we can’t think of a better time to go.