Cuba is home to a whopping nine cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites, many of which are easily accessible from your Havana holiday rental! See below for a list of sites that are within a short walk or drive from central Havana.
In and Around Havana
If you’re staying in a villa in Havana, you’ll find a few World Heritage Sites right outside your door! The most famous is the Old Havana district of the city, or Havana Vieja, which was given World Heritage status in 2004 due to its historic blend of baroque architecture and neoclassical monuments.
Another excellent UNESCO site that you can easily visit from your Havana accommodation is the Viñales valley which is famous for its tobacco farms and some of the most stunning homes in the Caribbean.
Although Havana is arguably the hottest destination in Cuba, there is a lot more to be explored on the island. At the centre of the island is where you can find three more UNESCO sites: Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Camagüey. Trinidad boasts a number of stunning 18th- and 19th-century buildings stemming from the region’s days as a leading sugar exporter, while Cienfuegos and Camagüey are known for their neoclassical designs.
Thinking of taking a holiday in Cuba to explore the more southerly parts of the island? There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the south: San Pedro de la Roca Castle in Santiago de Cuba, the coffee plantations near the Sierra Maestra mountains, and the Alejandro de Humboldt and Desembarco del Granma national parks.
A Different Side to Cuba
Cuba is famous for its cigars, its rather unusual government, and its lively cities; so much so that we often tend to overlook the more natural, beautiful side to the country. During your stay, be sure to visit at least one UNESCO site and discover what makes Cuba truly magical.
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