It is undoubtedly one of the most unique places in the world, with its colonial architecture, sculptures, parks, white sandy beaches, museums, vibrant culture, and music, which was frequented by travelers who wanted to reach the American continent in the past! Here are 10 must-see places when you visit Cuba:
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1. Old Havana
To begin to understand Cuba, its fascinating history, distinctive political structure, and passionate Cubans, one must first explore Old Havana, the historical area of the capital Havana.
You will feel like you are transported to the past as you stroll through the numerous historical buildings and culture-filled streets of Old Havana from the colonial period. In addition to people dancing and singing in the streets, you will also come across delicious food.
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2. Plaza Vieja
After getting tired enough in the streets of Old Havana, take your breath to Plaza Vieja, the “Old Square”. This square, which is one of the liveliest spots in Havana, is very rich in cultural terms from art galleries to beer museums. But the best thing to have some fun is to sit in one of the countless cafes and sip your mojito and observe people passing by.
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If you ask where is the best place in Havana to go from sunset to sunrise, we would definitely answer Malecón. Young people, musicians and romantic lovers who want to hang out at night, drink some rum or have fun flock to this 8 km coastline along Havana’s Atlantic Ocean.
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4. Plaza de la Revolución
Plaza de la Revolución, or Revolution Square, where Fidel Castro addressed the Cuban people, owes its fame to the wall, where a copy of Che Guevara’s famous portrait, taken in 1960 by Alberto Kardo.
After taking photos for Facebook or Instagram in front of this wall belonging to the Cuban Ministry of Interior, stop by the Teatro Nacional in the square and get your ticket to one of the impressive dance performances held here.
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5. Morro Castle
The history of Morro Castle, which is located on a rock facing Old Havana and can be seen from kilometers away, dates back to the 16th century. The castle, which was used as a prison for a while, is now used more as a vantage point to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
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6. Varaderoa Havana Beach
You are right, we have to turn the route to the dazzling beaches of Cuba. The first place that comes to mind when it comes to the beach is Varadero, which hosts nearly one million tourists every year with its white sands and turquoise waters. You are free to enjoy the sea, the sun, the dance, and the fun in this holiday paradise, 2 hours drive from Havana!
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Trinidad, a town founded by Diego Velaquez in 1514, is located on the southern coast of Cuba. If you spend a full day in this town, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1988 and gives the impression that time has stopped with its cobblestone streets and colonial-era buildings painted in pastel colors, you will not regret it.
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8. Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba, the second-largest city in Cuba, is also a city with the highest rate of African-origin population and musicians in the country, with its own unique flavors. Santiago de Cuba, which was founded on a hilly coast in the east of the country in 1515 and served as the capital of Cuba for a while, has many historical buildings worth seeing as well as interesting daily life.
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9. Cayo Coco Island
Cayo Coco Island, where you will often see typical Caribbean landscapes, is connected to the mainland of Cuba by a 27 km long engineering marvel. Famous for its “all-inclusive” hotels, you can sunbathe for hours, relax as much as you want, or take part in crazy entertainment.
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Founded in the place where Christopher Columbus first set foot in Cuba, Baracoa is a city that has remained away from mass tourism due to its location in the far east of the country, where transportation is difficult and has managed to preserve both its nature and social life as it is.
You will not be able to get enough of watching the view of El Yunque Mountain, which stands out with its 575-meter-high flat summit, from Baracoa, which makes its living from chocolate and cocoa production.