Crumbling colonial architecture, vintage cars and soulful salsa tumbling out of tinny speakers – Cuba is a land frozen in time. Protected from modern interference by six decades of self-imposed communism, Cuba’s cities and villages have changed little since the revolution, with grandiose squares, cobbled streets and music on every corner.

Yet, behind this dilapidated facade lies a country beating with inspiration. From salsa to ballet,santeria temples to avant-garde art, Cuban creativity and experimentation have been a necessity through its years in exile. As the barriers between Cuba and its neighbours begin to come down, the time is now to visit this beguiling Caribbean island – before it changes once again.

Cuba unwrapped

An essential guide to seeing Cuba's non-touristy side

Countries like Cuba pose a dilemma to travel writers and guidebook editors. The idea is to cut through the hyperbole with simple language and honest descriptions. But there are a few places where the breathless superlatives all come true true, and where the travel writing clichés all make more

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  • Havana


    Vintage American cars weave through crumbling colonial architecture, while snippets of salsa music play from smoky bars in Cuba’s iconic capital city...
  • Varadero


    Nestled on the winding Hicacos Peninsula, Varadero is the largest resort in the Caribbean, and with 20km of interrupted white sand beach, it is easy to see why...
  • Viñales


    A small but culturally-rich village in western Cuba, Viñales has quickly become a must-see for visitors wanting a taste of traditional Cuban living...
  • Trinidad


    Grab a torta cubana and a mojito and sway to the Caribbean rhythms of beautiful Trinidad...
  • Cienfuegos


    Cuba’s so-called “Pearl of the South”, French-founded Cienfuegos has long been a popular stop for travellers exploring the region...

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