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Cuba : Michelin's recommendations

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Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean (bigger than Jamaica or Haiti), has made tourism a priority, highlighting its indisputable assets. Cuba is actually more an archipelago than an island, with over 4,000 cayos, or blissful little islands, the largest one being Juventud.

Aficionados of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters come to Cayo Largo to enjoy the rest and relaxation, deep-sea fishing (swordfish, marlin, barracuda) and diving to explore the extraordinary marine landscape with splendid coral reefs in shallow waters boasting gorgonia, fish and a variety of vegetation.

In addition to its innumerable seaside resorts (such as Varadero and María La Gorda), Cuba's main island offers a wide range of holidays reflecting its geography and culture. Its three mountain chains, two vast expanses of savannah, several valleys (Viñales, Yumurí and los Ingenios), waterfalls and cascades will delight nature-lovers.

You can hike or go horseback riding through Cuba's finest landscapes (mogotes), in the west, preferably in February or March during the tobacco harvest. The Sierra del Rosario, designated a biosphere reserve, is crisscrossed with cascades and natural pools near Las Terrazas and Soroa.

And don't forget that Cuba, the world capital of dance music (from salsa to mambo), would be nothing without its people, their fun-loving spirit and hospitality.

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Cuba : Must-see towns and regions

  • Ciudad de la Habana

    Relentless cheerfulness despite the hardship, a relaxed lifestyle dictated by Afro-Latin rhythms and strong liquor, cheap bistros, poignant if dated beauty, Arabo-Andalucian architecture from the colo...

  • Santiago de Cuba

    This city is a bustling place both by day and by night, with more than half a million inhabitants of Spanish, African, Jamaican, French and Chinese ancestry. The atmosphere in its dilapidated little s...

  • Trinidad

    After impressive beginnings in the 1500s, and a period of prosperity until the 1850s, Trinidad shut itself off; a godsend for 21C visitors. The essence of Cuba, this Sleeping Beauty of a town is awaki...

  • Cienfuegos

    Cienfuegos is situated on a sheltered peninsula in one of Cuba’s largest bays and is rightly nicknamed the pearl of the south. On arrival in the centre of town, its broad French-style avenues are imme...

  • Camagüey

    Visitors can merrily lose themselves in this city of 20 churches. Its winding little streets, laid out in maze-like fashion to confuse attacking pirates, have surprises around every corner; colourful ...

  • Baracoa

    Surrounded by the Sierra del Purial, Baracoa lies between luxuriant tropical vegetation and the sea, and until the 1960s, was only accessible by boat. This isolation has given it a unique character, w...

  • Matanzas

    The historic centre of Matanzas has some fine colonial houses embellished with wrought ironwork, vestiges of the town’s bygone economic and cultural prosperity. The omnipresence of water – Matanzas is...

  • Pinar del Río

    Cuba’s capital of tobacco and, more exotically, of the alcoholic spirit guayabita, Pinar del Río has a typically Cuban laid-back ambience and charming little colonial houses with pastel façades. This ...

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