Vinales declared Cuba's trendiest natural paradise

Posted: 16-Jun-18 07:37

The visually stunning Vinales Valley in Cuba's western province of Pinar del Rio is quickly becoming one of the island's most sought-after destinations after a list by Business Insider UK included it among the top 25 most attractive corners of the world to see in 2018, with Vinales taking the silver medal in the second position.

Vinales declared Cuba's trendiest natural paradise

Trendy is perhaps a word you wouldn´t associate with a protected nature reserve like the Vinales Valley, yet this one destination is very much in vogue among worldwide tourists, with an increasing number of them making their way here to enjoy the region´s many draws.

Proof of this is Business Insider UK’s list of “Best places to visit in 2018 according to travel experts” which put Vinales at the top of its ranking, featuring in the number two position.

Beating great urban cityscapes like that of Tokyo’s and other captivating natural landscapes like the Swiss Alps, Cuba’s Vinales Valley was recommended as:

“A destination that everyone should take the time to experience in 2018."

Highlighting its beauty and unique mogote-filled landscape, listed by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, this travel bucket list puts Vinales firmly on the map, at a time when the destination is enjoying record highs in worldwide visitors.

Compiled by a team of travel experts (from AirBnB representatives to Lonely Planet authors and reputable independent bloggers) Business Insider UK’s Top 25 best destinations to see in 2018 was backed by serial globetrotters.

Speaking about Vinales’ unique appeal beyond its unique valley of verdant plains and flat-topped hills, Tom McDermott, editor at Huckberry, an online shop and journal, illustrated the charm of town life:

“The surrounding countryside is incredibly beautiful, and the town square is full of live music and dancing until late into the night.”

McDermott also recommended visitors to stop at Casa Dovales to enjoy what he considers to be the best home-cooked meals in the area and to sleep the night. He also advises travellers to walk around the Mural de la Prehistoria to observe the brightly-painted homes at the foothills and to simply take in local life while playing cards in a small cafe and watching the world around slowly go by.

Regardless on visitor’s individual opinions of Vinales, travel experts or not, one thing is for sure; there is only one Vinales in the world, and no other landscapes on the planet looks remotely like this one, with the stunning "mogotes" that were once described by Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, as a herd of sleeping elephants.


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