Havana is the vibrant capital with a faded colonial grandeur and a must-see for any visit to Cuba. It was an important stronghold for the Spanish with all the plundered gold and silver bullion passing through on its way back to Europe. This is evident in the grand colonial architecture that is now slowly crumbling away in the tropical humidity.
Viñales is an area of outstanding beauty located in the western corner of the island. You can enjoy cycling through this patchwork of tobacco plantations studded with limestone ‘mogotes’ that dominate the landscape – jungle-clad mountains that loom up out of the fertile soil.
Trinidad is a picture postcard colonial town with cobbled streets and the Escambray Mountains as backdrop. Challenge yourself with some ascents as you climb by bike through the forests of the Topes de Collantes in the Escambray range.
The far east of the island is dominated by the Sierra Maestra Mountains, Cuba’s principal range and one time rebel HQ for Che Guevara and his comrades during the revolution. The cycling here can be challenging and rewarding, particularly on the coastal ‘La Farola’ road from the major city of Santiago to Baracoa.
Wherever you are in Cuba you will not be far from excellent live salsa or son music and dance. This forms an important part of the culture and it is great fun at night to just watch the locals dance or join in. Cubans welcome any participation and the local rum may help encourage you!
Cuba’s climate is tropical and therefore it is a year round destination. There is a drier, cooler season from November to April, and a warmer season with more rainfall from May to October.