Evocations of Cuba

Evocations of Cuba

Cuba is an extraordinary island where bounties and wonders coexist. Its nature is attractive and stimulating, many of its cities hold secular treasures, its culture is beyond colorful, and the Cubans, charismatic and cheerful, deliver the best of the Caribbean island with every encounter.

Evocations of CubaWith pleasant, balmy temperatures, the Cuban climate makes this archipelago the perfect place for recreation, contemplation, adventure and, above all, falling in love. More than 300 natural beaches skirt the island: small and intimate, open and spacious, some surrounded by mountains and others by imposing cliffs. All are warm, clean and safe with clear waters and a seabed with many attractions and natural values.

Varadero stands out among Cuba’s beaches, charming for its genuine natural beauty, the wonder of its sunsets, its optimal infrastructure for both short and long stays and facilities to practice water sports and diving.

Evocations of CubaThe keys surrounding the archipelago are also captivating. Their almost natural state with endemic fauna and vegetation is the closest thing to the land discovered by Christopher Columbus nearly five centuries ago. Some of the most prominent Cuban keys are: Cayo Levisa in Pinar del Río, Cayo Largo del Sur, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo in Ciego de Ávila, Cayo Santa María in Villa Clara and Cayo Sabinal in Camagüey.

In addition to amazing beaches and keys, Cuba possesses cultural attractions that combine charm and history, a wonderful heritage that is an inextricable part of its identity: cities showing the magic they hold, places that go beyond the imaginable, ancient artworks that bring back centuriesold moments such as the first mass officiated in Havana in 1519, legends reflect popular imagery, dances that recall passages of other cultures and its people are friendly, cultured and intelligent. Among its most emblematic cities are Havana, its capital, recently proclaimed Wonder City of the Modern World (along with six other cities chosen by free vote, worldwide), Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Camagüey, all of them categorized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites

Evocations of CubaJewels of a past rich in legacies, these cities hold secrets and stories found in every colonial doorway, clinging to a fence, or asleep on a tile roof. Many also treasure, inside the buildings and the essence of its people, a part of the genesis that shaped us into the amazing country that we are. The culture, another one of our successes, is part of the gifts our country offers spontaneously. Cuban dance and music, spread and enjoyed worldwide, make up the entertainment overflowing in theaters, cultural centers and festivals.

The music comes from the Island’s most genuine traditions; that is why Cuba hosts a great number of events and festivals, among which are: the International Guitar and Choir festivals, the “Benny Moré” Festival of Son, the Jazz Plaza, Boleros de Oro (Golden Boleros), and the already famous Caribbean Festival, in the warm, eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.

Evocations of CubaOther manifestations of the culture have their space in art galleries, exhibition halls and public places. The National Fine Arts Museum, for example, hosts valuable collections of Cuban painting, where artists such as Wifredo Lam, Marcelo Pogolotti, Amelia Peláez, Carlos Enríquez, Fidelio Ponce, René Portocarrero, Servando Cabrera, Acosta León, and Mariano Rodríguez stand out, as well as the most representative in contemporary plastic arts.

In addition, because if its intense contrasts Cuba is also living nature: fruity odor, cane flavor, high and flat land, the sound of springs and birds, baffling landscapes, abundant flora and fauna, large-scale diversity and endemic species. Several geographical points, appreciable for their values, stand out on this green, tropical, humid island, and among these unique places are: the Viñales Valley, declared a World Heritage Site and Cultural Landscape by UNESCO, several Biosphere Reserves, and National Parks “Desembarco del Granma” (“Granma Landing”) and “Alejandro de Humboldt”. Many of these sites are among the preferred destinations for nature tourism.

There can be many memories to take back home: from that tropical tan so many seek once they set foot on this authentic island, to a well-learned dance, a dreamy city, friends forever and an amazing landscape to imagine… once again, the perfect stay.

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