Off The Beaten Track

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Go off the tourist trail to discover little explored gems and less trodden routes in Cuba.

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  • 21 Mar 2017
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  • Marcel Lueiro
Striking a note

Casa de la Trova: Sancti Spiritus's romantic and bohemian side

Evenings at Casa de la Trova (Trova House – trova or la trova, meaning troubadour music) in the city of Sancti Spiritus are bohemian and energising. Under the stars, in the interior patio of an 18th century colonial house, you’ll be able to taste first-hand the different flavours of Sancti Spiritus’s traditional music. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to meet the people from this city in central Cuba, through the sounds that define its five-century-old culture.
  • 07 Mar 2017
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  • Ernesto Alvarez
Varadero in Detail

La Ermita de Montserrat - a worthwile climb to enjoy the best views of Matanzas

Matanzas’s “Ermita de Montserrat”, located a few kilometers southwest of the tourist town of Varadero, is a remarkable relic of 19th century Cuban architecture. It was built on an elevation known as “Alturas de Simpson” (Simpson’s Heights) by the Catalonian migrants who had settled in Matanzas and who wished to pay tribute to Catalonia’s Patron Saint – Our Lady of Montserrat. Its privileged location offers beautiful views over the Yumuri valley and the city of Matanzas; the Athens of Cuba.
  • 28 Dec 2016
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  • Ernesto Alvarez
Varadero in Detail

An obligatory stop in Cuba's slave route: The San Severino Castle

Among the many, magical, interesting and thought-provoking sites to visit in the city of Matanzas, El Castillo de San Severino stands out as the only remaining witness of the city’s foundation. Located in the vicinity of Varadero, this castle is one historic attraction you should include in your list of places to see in Matanzas.
  • 23 Oct 2016
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  • Ernesto Alvarez
Varadero in Detail

The Santa Catalina cavern in Varadero, a Cuban speleology treasure

Just a few kilometres from Varadero stands one of Cuba's most captivating natural marvels; the Santa Catalina cavern. Declared a National Monument in 1996 due to its speleological and archaeological values, the visit to this grotto is an excellent choice for those who love adventure and discovering underground treasures.
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