How beautiful is Cuba! Its culture, its landscapes, its people…Everything in Cuba is happiness, colour and dance!

Our colleague, Irati, was lucky enough to discover it first hand and she’s been raving about it. So, if you’re planning on going soon don’t miss her island essentials and…enjoy!

The best tip and the most important, so take note, the taxi drivers! They’re Cuba’s best encyclopaedia, so don’t hesitate to catch one, in fact, we recommend taking a lot!

Of course, you must visit Havana. The capital of Cuba, its soul and a place full of contrasts. The centre is a small architectural gem with its colonial houses, but don’t hesitate in letting yourself be carried away by the more remote neighbourhoods. You’ll find a run-down city, but you’ll fall in love with its atmosphere, its colours and its people. There’s nowhere on Earth like it!

The historic centre is La Habana Vieja and you have to lose yourself until you’re thirsty. At this point, you must heed Hemingway’s words, "My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita".

Central Havana is where most Cubans live. A place with a lot if charm! Important. If you go there on a Sunday, take note, it’s rumba day!

In Cuba, music is everywhere! Sit at a terrace, such as the Café Paris in calle Obispo and soak up the atmosphere. If you like to dance…Cuba is sure to be your paradise! There are always small bars with live music and people dancing. Salsa runs through their blood. Dare to try a few steps!

Vedado is an area from the glory years of the island. Its casinos, theatres, the Plaza de la Revolución and the beautiful Hotel Nacional, the most emblematic of Cuba, are all a must!

You also have to go to La Fábrica de Arte Cubano and the flea market, the Feria de publicaciones y curiosidades. You’ll find second hand books, posters, illustrations…a unique souvenir of Cuba!

If you have more time, don’t hesitate to visit the other areas of the island. Trinidad is the most beautiful colonial city in Cuba. Lose yourself in its narrow streets, listen to the musicians in the main square, drink a canchánchara (a local drink)..make a stop in Cienfuegos, a lovely city you can visit in a few hours. And if you want to get to know a more rural area and lose yourself in mountains, Viñales is the perfect place! Known for its tobacco plantations, a bike or horse ride is highly recommended to discover its nature.

And finally, the 3 essentials; see at least one sunset from Malecón in Havana, take a dip in the water and endlessly relax on the island’s paradise beaches. ¡Viva Cuba!