Both a destination and starting point, Havana is an unprecedented city, old and new, unique and unusual. Unlike many cities, Havana understands how to preserve its architectural heritage and its colonial past.
The famous Havana vieja (Old Havana), where the city began more than five centuries ago, is one of the best preserved architectural ensembles of the Americas. Its historic urban center and its system of fortifications were declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1982.
The islands’ second largest urban center, Santiago de Cuba is proud to be the most Caribbean city in Cuba. The city is known for its fusion of cultures, coming from a mixture of Spanish, African, French, Haitians and West Indians.
La Tumba Francesa, is this city’s dance which is a dance expression that began with the arrival of the French planters and their slaves from Haiti in 1791.
Holguin was Christopher Columbus entrance into the New World. He believed that it was “the most beautiful country human eyes had ever seen”.
The city has a history of more than five centuries and some of the most picturesque scenes in Cuba.
Holguin is the capital of the Cuban Province Holguin. It was founded as San Isidoro de Holguin in 1545, and it is named after its founder Garcia de Holguin.
Known as the land that produces the world’s best tobacco, Pinar del Rio offers a landscape of unusual and incomparable beauty, from the highest mountains to the sea floor.
This region is characterized by its valleys, mountains, caves, rivers, cliffs and fertile land. Due to all its natural spendor, Pinar del Rio is known as Cuba’s Natural Cathedral.
Nicknamed the Pearl of the South after its magnificent bay, Cienfuegos is considered to be the architechtural jewel of the nineteenth century. Its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site, is a living example of the French imprint on many features if the culture and customs in Cienfuegos, particularly in its architecture, where arches, stained glass and ironwork prevail.
Since its birth, Matanzas has been known as “The Venice of Cuba” because of its many bridges and as “The Athens of Cuba” because of its many poets.
This province offers a wide range of architecture. It has museums and cultural institutions such as the Teatro Sauto and has a proximity to significant Cuban natural areas such as Cienaga de Zapata National Park, Caves of Bellamar.
What makes this city different is its unique combination of Spanish and Arabic architecture characterized by winding narrow streets and alleys.
Camagüey is the biggest province in the country, with more than 14 thousand square kilometers, its geography is characterize for extensive plain, which makes the province an ideal place to cultivate sugar cane, and shepherd a great number of cattle.