CUBA Places of Interest

CUBA Places of Interest

One cannot pass through Pinar del R’o without visiting: the capital of the province, one of the most picturesque and largest cities in Cuba, the citizens of which are renowned for being kind and friendly; the Valle de Vi–ales, a place of inspiring natural beauty, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; the Mural de la Prehistoria, an unusual mural painted on the rocky surface of the mogotes, which is 120 metres long and 80 metres wide; the Santo Tom‡s Cave, considered to be amongst the most important in Cuba. Thanks to its size and the scientific treasures it guards it is a thrilling place to see; the Mar’a La Gorda International Diving Centre with its magnificent seabed which is perfect for underwater exploration; Soroa, a magnificent orchid garden featuring 700 species, 150 of which are endemic to Cuba; and the Pen’nsula de Guanahacabibes National Park, a Biosphere Reserve with an extraordinary natural environment. It has a wide variety of flora and fauna and a number of unusual landscape features, including the so-called Balcones de Guanahacabibes, with their peculiar formations created by sedimentation and the movement of the sea over thousands of years. In the Park there is a well-known lighthouse, the Faro Roncali which is the focus of numerous stories and legends. It is situated near to the Las Tumbas beach at the westernmost tip of the island. The best way to get to know these places is through the excursions and visits organised by travel agencies.

La Habana A city with a welcoming spirit and positive vibrations Both a destination and a starting point, a truly unique city, both ancient and modern, incomparable and exceptional. The capital of Cuba, Havana has a proud legacy of history, culture and tradition. With its magnificent beaches, its hotels, restaurants, marinas, centres for aquatic sports, historic sites, conference and recreation facilities, and its rich cultural life, it is by far the most popular destination on the largest of the Antilles. It can be reached either by air, with three international flight terminals, or by sea, through the Hemingway and Tarar‡ marinas or the Cruise Ship Terminal in the Havana Bay. Places of interest Havana is best explored by visiting its most idiosyncratic places: the Malec—n, a quintessential landmark of this sea-loving city, a long coastal esplanade where music, friendship, love, happiness and sadness all have their part to play; the Historic Centre of Old Havana, a World Heritage Site, which is amongst the oldest and best preserved urban spaces in South America; the Christ of Havana, a powerful sculpture which presides over this seafaring city, and provides, in its immediate surroundings, an ideal space for rest and relaxation; the Museum of Fine Arts, with its wealth of ancient relics which provide a good insight into Cuban and international art; the Columbus Cemetery, a fascinating place to visit with its combination of works of art and popular legend; the Playas del Este, a succession of excellent beaches with a good infrastructure of hotels and other services; the National Botanical Gardens of Cuba, an educational, scientific and recreational institution, and natural exhibition centre, which contains a huge range of Cuban plants and other tropical flora from all over the world; the Morro-Caba–a Park, a place to witness a curious night-time tradition, the Ò9 O’clock Cannon Shot Ceremony, where history and custom create a magical ambience which transports us back every night to the 19th century; and the Tropicana, the best-known cabaret in Cuba, where a combination of music and theatrical spectacle create an unforgettable atmosphere.
A stroll through Havana is a must for visitors. The beauty of its architecture, its buildings, the treasures in its museums and its festive spirit, all invite the visitor to wander around its streets and experience the sensations of this romantic, seafaring city, with its unquenchable thirst for life.



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