Top 5 highlights of Cuba, beyond Havana


Thought it may seem dwarfed by its greatest frenemy, the USA, Cuba is deceptively large. It takes around 12 hours to drive from Havana to the second city, Santiago de Cuba, on the island’s southernmost coast. Fortunately for anyone looking to explore beyond the capital, internal flights are becoming increasingly available, making hitherto far-flung towns and cities more accessible. And while Havana is an intoxicating place to soak up Cubano music, architecture and the rhythms of daily life, it’s only part of the picture. Our specialists have been arguing passionately over the best places to explore outside of Havana: here’s their shortlist.

Trinidad and the Valle de los Ingenios

A showpiece for Baroque architecture and the best preserved colonial city in Cuba, there’s a lot more to the mansions and red tiles of Trinidad than meets the eye.

Valle de los Ingenios

Once you have had your fill of salsa in one of the town’s plentiful —…

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