I loved putting this one together. We spent a month in Cuba, exploring the crumbling neighbourhoods of Havana, horse riding through the Viñales valley and listening to music in crowded trova houses. It was fascinating, busy, maddening at times, but so fun. Our route: Havana – Viñales – Trinidad – Bayamo and the… Read more of "Adventures in Cuba (video edition)"
Speak to pretty much anyone about Cuba and you'll hear the same thing – the food is terrible. Food is one of our favourite ways to experience other cultures, and we love discovering local dishes, learning about the different ways people use ingredients and trying new flavours. So I was curious… Read more of "What to eat in Cuba"
Right near the eastern tip, in the Bay of Honey, Baracoa is quite isolated from the rest of Cuba. And it feels a little different. The buildings are shabbier, people are more relaxed, there's very little traffic. It just feels different. I couldn't put my finger on exactly why, but… Read more of "Baracoa: Cuba's first city"
Santiago de Cuba feels hotter than other parts of the country. Clouds of pollution hang in the air as 1960s diesel cars speed along the roads of the city centre. Touts line the edges of Parque Cespedes (the name of almost every main square in Cuba) trying to sell you… Read more of "Son and street life in Santiago de Cuba"
When we told people about our plans to visit Bayamo, everyone had an opinion. Lester, our host in Havana gave it two thumbs down, Roberto in Santa Clara told us it was a time-warp, people there are old fashioned but it's "muy interesante", and our taxi driver at the bus… Read more of "Bayamo and the Sierra Maestra mountains"
Built in the 18th century by Spanish colonialists as a base for the sugar trade, Trinidad is one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Caribbean. It's a UNESCO heritage site so, yes, there are a lot of tourists around but there's real life here too. Horses and carts… Read more of "Trinidad: Cuba's picture perfect city"