2nd November, 2020
Think of Cuba and you can almost hear the rhythm of a mambo beat, smell the scent of hand-rolled cigars, taste the sweetness of a cold daiquiri and see the faded grandeur of the brightly painted facades. Timeworn, opulent, spirited, intriguing – Cuba is a place like no other. But, if you thought Cuba was all about urban Havana, think again. There’s so much more to discover.
The roar of a vintage car, salsa rhythms drifting by, a mojito sipped in a decadent café, people dancing, horses with their carts trotting down the streets, toes feeling the warmth of white sand, hearing gentle waves lapping the shore – Cuba is an extraordinary country… full-flavoured, bursting with life and oh so beautiful.
Like a treasured heirloom, Cuba has a faded elegance and beauty all of its own. But you’ll not just find vibrant cities bursting with life, there’s white sandy beaches, abandoned coffee plantations, tobacco farms, verdant swamps and rugged mountains just waiting to be discovered.
Encircled by lush mountains and interspersed by limestone mogotes, charming villages and farms, UNESCO-protected Viñales Valley is a lovely part of Cuba which contrasts beautifully with the island’s colonial cities. See the vast tobacco plantations and perhaps take a boat to explore the caves and subterranean lakes that can be found here.
Cuba has some of the world’s dreamiest beaches. Pure white sand, turquoise waters and shady palm trees – the perfect paradise island on which to relax and soak up the Caribbean sunshine. Head to glorious Varadero and enjoy.
Havana, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos are just five of Cuba’s most fabulous cities and in each you can see the faded grandeur of their old colonial buildings.
Vintage American cars
In the 1950s, when Cuba was a popular destination for Americans, 125,000 Detroit-made cars were imported to the island only to be abandoned following Castro’s takeover as dictator in 1959. Today you can see a treasure trove of American classics, which have been used for decades enduring many home-made repairs.
Cuba’s is famous for its hand-rolled cigars, which have been produced here almost 500 years. The fertile soil on the island makes it ideal to grow the tobacco plant. if you want to see the birthplace of cigars head to Viñales, and visit a cigar factory to see hand and machine rolling.
Experience this diverse country for yourself on a Saga tour of Cuba.
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