A Luxury Travel Blog recently reveals best places to explore Cuba's history

Posted: 28-Jul-16 09:28

Cuba is an island rich in history, with culture that predates Columbus and a revolutionary spirit that is evident in countless Che Guevara murals and posters. The island is also home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visitors who want to explore the island's long history will have no shortage of destinations from which to choose.

A Luxury Travel Blog recently reveals best places to explore Cuba's history

Cuba is famous throughout the world for its beautiful, largely untouched beaches, its lively nightlife, and its rum and cigars. But history-lovers will find much to enjoy and explore in Cuba, from its pre-Columbian past to the Revolution. While the island is full of history, A Luxury Travel Blog recently chose some of Cuba’s most historic destinations for travellers with an interest in the past.

Best places to explore Cuba's history

  1. Bay of Pigs

    Matanzas

    Bay of Pigs

    In 1961, the US-backed invasion to overthrow Castro began (and ended in failure) at the Bay of Pigs. While the museum at the site is small, the rows of crosses dedicated to the Cubans who died in the attack is quite moving. Playa Giron, as it is known locally, is located within the Cienaga de Zapata National Park, making it a popular destination for nature-lovers and divers.

  2. Castillo de Real Fuerza

    Havana

    Castillo de Real Fuerza

    Construction of the Castillo de Real Fuerza began in the 1550s following a pirate attack. Intended to defend the city against further attacks, the fort was built too far inside the Havana's harbour to be useful as a defence and was used for many years as a home for Havana’s leading citizens and as a storehouse for treasure bound for Spain.

  3. Museum of the Revolution

    Havana

    Museum of the Revolution

    Housed -with no small amount of irony- in the former presidential palace of Fulgencio Batista, the Museum of the Revolution is a fascinating look at Cuba’s revolutionary past. In addition to the bullet holes left from the failed assassination attempt on Batista in 1957, the museum also houses the Granma, the boat which ferried the Castros, Che Guevara, and other rebels to Cuba to lead the overthrow of Batista.

  4. Che Guevara Cultural Memorial and Museum

    Santa Clara

    Che Guevara Cultural Memorial and Museum

    Visitors to Cuba won’t have to look far to find Che Guevara; his image is ubiquitous on the island. But the town of Santa Clara has more of a claim to the revolutionary than perhaps many other places on the island; it was here that Guevara led (and won) the final battle of the Revolution. And it is here that Guevara’s remains are interred in a mausoleum. The museum includes numerous exhibits and artifacts from Guevara’s life.

  5. Hemingway Museum (Finca Vigia)

    Havana

    Hemingway Museum (Finca Vigia)

    Ernest Hemingway spent most of the last two decades of his life in a small fishing village outside Havana, in the home known as Finca Vigia. The author left Cuba in 1960 but his home remains largely as it was when he last lived there.

  6. Trinidad

    Sancti Spiritus

    Trinidad

    Founded in 1514, Trinidad is often as regarded as “a living museum”. The charming colonial city is famous for its pastel-hued buildings and Old World architecture. In 1988, Trinidad was declared a World Treasure by UNESCO.

  7. Paradise Cave Archaeological Museum

    Baracoa

    Paradise Cave Archaeological Museum, Baracoa

    Located on the far eastern tip of the island, Baracoa is a largely untouched slice of paradise. In addition to unspoiled natural beauty, Baracoa is also reputedly the site of Columbus’s landing and is a center of Taino culture. Visitors to the Paradise Cave Archaeological Museum can view Taino remains, including those of a chief.

  8. La Comandancia de la Plata

    Granma

    La Comandancia de la Plata

    Among the many sites related to the Cuban Revolution, perhaps none other can provide the intimate look at the Cuban guerrilla that visitors get at La Comandancia de la Plata. A series of small, rustic cabins in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, Castro used the location as a hideout during the Revolution. Because of its inaccessible location and dense tree over, Batista’s forces never found them.

  9. Moncada Military Barracks

    Santiago de Cuba

    Moncada Military Barracks

    In 1953, Fidel Castro led an attack on the Moncada Military Barracks in an attempt to overthrow Batista. The attack failed and resulted in Castro’s imprisonment. After the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, part of the building was converted into a museum, complete with the bullet holes from the 1953 attack. There are numerous memorials to the Revolution to be found in Cuba, but with artifacts like bloodstained uniforms and torture rooms, few are as grimly fascinating as the Moncada Military Barracks.

  10. El Morro Historic Park

    Santiago de Cuba

    El Morro Historic Park

    Perched dramatically over Santiago Bay, El Morro is one Cuba’s best-preserved fortresses. Built over a thirty-year period in the mid-1600s and restored in the 1960s. From the lighthouse, visitors can get an outstanding view of the Sierra Maestra Mountains.

History buffs are spoilt choice in Cuba

With a long and fascinating history, Cuba has much to offer to travellers who want to go beyond beaches and nightclubs. From the prehistoric cave art to relics of the Revolution, Cuba is home to an array of historic sites and cultural attractions.


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