Top 10 Places to Visit in Cuba
Top 10 Published on 09/11/2011 08:00

1. Plaza Vieja (Old Square), Havana

Plaza Vieja, Old Square, HavanaHavana is the capital of Cuba. The city embodies the wild spirit of summer fiesta time, the beauty of ancient architectural achievements and the feeling of never ending compelling  euphoria. Undoubtedly one of the places worth being visited is Plaza Vieja (Old Square). At first this delectable site was called New Square or in other words Plaza Nueva. The basic idea behind the project for this building was to be government and military center. Visiting that magic place everyone can enjoy the deeply impressive Cuban architecture from both 17th and 18th century and learn more about the interesting history of this town square.

2. Varadero

VaraderoVaradero is a major resort town, situated in the province of Matanzas. It is actually one of the most significant resort areas in the Caribbean. Varadero is also known as Playa Azul, which in Spanish means "blue beach”. More than 20 km of white sandy beaches are concentrated at the resort and recently the tourism in that region has flourished. The visitors are attracted not only by the purity of the nature but also by the spectacular attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. Varadero is however appealing not only for its natural attractions, there are also plenty of historical and environmental attractions. Living a dream is possible in this exactly divine place of the world.

3. Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, Santiago de Cuba

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, Santiago de CubaYou will not find anywhere else such a spectacular fortress, as the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. It was created by Giovanni Battista Antonelli on the initiative of the governor of the city and was used as defense against pirates. It is located in a very picturesque area with wonderful view of the city and the Caribbean Sea. This place is a perfect destination for those who keep somewhere deep inside the innocent childish memories of giants, pirates and knights. By visiting it everyone can be touched by the whiff of the magic, living in the ancient legends and fairy tales.

4. Cienfuegos

CienfuegosCienfuegos is the capital of the Cuban province of Cienfuegos and is one of the main seaports of Cuba. The sugar, coffee and tobacco trade were really developed in the city, which was of great contribution to its economic development. It is really a remarkable place with no analogue in the Caribbean with its spectacular cluster of neoclassical structures. In Cienfuegos visitors can enjoy having a walk in some of the parks, a dinner in a cozy restaurant or a cup of coffee in the coffee bars. If you have flair for adventures this is the right place for you.

5. Baracoa

BaracoaBaracoa is a city of great importance as it was the first capital of Cuba until the mid-1500s. It is the perfect place to visit if you just want to have a rest or a peaceful stroll on the sunny streets of the city. The lovely beaches contribute to the feeling of complete harmony and make the city even more exciting and unforgettable. Baracoa is famous for its cocoa trees, which grow in abundance. You should try the "cucurucho”, which is a mix of honey, coconut and fresh fruits, wrapped in a palm leaf. In Baracoa you may let yourself being bewitched by all of those sweet temptations, without sense of guilt.

6. Plaza Mayor, Trinidad

Plaza Mayor, TrinidadNot accidentally the Plaza Mayor has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage site in 1988. It is the historical center of Trinidad. The impressive buildings surrounding the central area date from 18th and 19th centuries when sugar trade and slavery has brought fabulous wealth in that area. Except for the impressive buildings there are also plenty of churches and monasteries that could be visited. The cultural life has found its expression in the Museum of Guamuhaya Archeology and the Municipal History Museum. On this square everyone can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Cuba and fully enjoy that marvelous journey.

7. El Malecon, Havana

El Malecon, HavanaYou will definitely find no other place in Havana that instills the true laid back undertones of Cuban life as El Malecon. Walking on the roadway you can easily move to a different reality and feel the inherent joy which Cubans invest in full force in their everyday life. Watching the waves crashing on the seawall has very positive and recharging impact. Especially magnificent is the view during sunset, when the rays of light reflect on the water surface and create and illusion of countless golden lights sparkling playfully. 

8. Maria la Gorda

Maria la GordaMaria la Gorda is a lovely beach and resort, where you can practice diving and ecotourism. Blue cloudless sky, endless shores, white sand, palms and crystal-clear water make you face new sensations you have never experienced before. Also known as International Diving Center or Haven for Bird Watchers this place provides the opportunity to indulge new activities and reveal unknown aspects of the huge diversity the local of flora and fauna. Visiting that places guarantees you unsuspected lifetime experience.

9. Cayo Largo

Cayo LargoIf you are searching for privacy and new exciting adventures the Caribbean island Cayo Largo is the right place. This small resort offers plenty of tourist attractions among which the most major are the west beaches, Playa Sirena, and Playo Paraiso. On Sirena one may explore the finest under-developed beaches in the world. The beach is place where all the guests and visitors may enjoy a vast number of actvivities and attractions: dolphin attractions, restaurants and water sports. If lucky enough one can see even large starfish or other exotic tropical fish. Cayo Largo is an exotic, inspirational and unusual piece of earth that will take your breath away with its exceptional beauty.

10. Che Guevara Mausoleum, Santa Clara

Che Guevara Mausoleum, Santa ClaraThe Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara enshrines the remains of the notorious revolutionist Ernesto "Che” Guevara and twenty-nine of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during Guevara's attempt to spur an armed uprising in Bolivia. There you can see the 22-feet bronze statue of Che located in the area and feel the impressive presence of this emblematic figure. That is a remarkable place, which has preserved the tracks of one complex and contradictory personality. Definitely worth seeing!

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