Former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, expresses interest in visiting Cuba

Posted: 08-Jul-15 12:39

Former king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, has revealed that he is considering a trip to Cuba. Juan Carlos has been invited to the island by businessmen who have hotel investments in Cuba, to make a private visit, and the monarch is waiting for approval from the Spanish government and his son King Philip 6th.

Former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, expresses interest in visiting Cuba

Juan Carlos I, the former King of Spainc has expressed his interest in visiting Cuba once again, 16 years after his first trip to the Caribbean nation.

Juan Carlos, who abdicated one year ago, has been invited by businessmen who have hotel investments in Cuba, to make a private visit to the country.

The monarch is waiting for approval for the trip from the Spanish government and his son King Felipe XI, but dates have not yet been confirmed.

King Juan Carlos visited Havana in 1999 during the Ibero-American Summit but he was not expected to return to the nation. The recent changes in diplomatic relations with Cuba and the United States opened up a new dialogue path between the island nation and the rest of the world.

U.S President Barack Obama announced in December last year that Cuba travel restrictions will be eased for American residents after a travel embargo lasting more than 50 years was relaxed and diplomatic ties would resume between the two countries.

General tourism has not yet been approved as a reason to visit Cuba, but American residents can visit the Caribbean island for educational, religious, academic and cultural and family purposes across 12 categories.

Last week, the two countries announced that they have agreed to open embassies in Washington in the United States and Havana in Cuba on 20th July, 2015.

Cuba is a nation in the Caribbean Sea that boasts a plethora of beautiful landscapes and sites for international visitors to enjoy, such as miles of pristine beaches, the second largest coral reef in the world, historic towns and cities, ancient ruins, thriving national parks, breathtaking natural scenery, and a tropical climate.

Some of the most popular tourist destinations include Havana, the country's bustling capital; Varadero, the beach resort town; and Jardines del Rey, a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling.


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