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Cuba - A Country of Contrasts

From immaculate beaches and lush landscapes to dynamic cities and historic architecture, Cuba is a hub of diversity. A country of contrasts, whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or to immerse yourself in a fascinating culture, Cuba has it all plus there are some great holiday deals at the moment to get there.

Depending on what you want to see Cuba has several places of interest which you can visit.

Habana Vieja

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The largest city in the Caribbean, Havana is a city with many identities. There is so much to be explored here, but not to be missed is the UNESCO listed streets of Habana Vieja (or Old Havana).

The tropical baroque style of the cities buildings have been painstakingly preserved to create a world full of colour and charm, with baroque churches, colonial palaces and picturesque homes to be discovered at every turn.

Punta Frances

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The beach resort of Punta Frances lies off the beaten track. Despite its remoteness, Punta Frances is quite popular amongst tourists who come to enjoy the calm, crystalline waters, soft white sands and rich fauna.

The island has also gained a reputation as an excellent diving spot, thanks to numerous caves, shipwrecks and coral reefs in the area.

Vinales

Often considered one of the friendliest spots in Cuba, Vinales is a small town nestled in the foothills of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico mountain range.

The locals have maintained a traditional way of life, using age old agricultural techniques in farming and natural materials are used to construct buildings. Inhabitants of Vinales are used to a slow-paced, simple life and will greet visitors warmly into their charming community.

Topes de Collantes

Situated in the Escambray Mountains, Topes de Collantes is a nature reserve of astounding beauty. The limestone landscape is blanketed in thick jungle, interspersed with towering waterfalls, caves, natural pools and canyons, as well as an array of interesting animal and plant species.

Hiking and cave exploring are popular here, as is relaxing amongst the serene nature of the reserve.

Camaguey

Following persistent attacks from pirates in the 16th century, Camaguey was rebuilt as a city of winding blind alleys and forked streets.

The idea was that any pirates that deigned to attack could be easily trapped and killed in the confusing layout of the city. Whilst a pirate attack is unlikely, Camaguey remains a fascinating colonial labyrinth, with the addition of some of Cuba’s finest bars and restaurants.

Have you been to Cuba? What were your favourite spots?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Direct Holidays.