Richard Knight

Richard Knight

Nature lover and city explorer

I've been a keen traveller ever since I was a youngster, absolutely fascinated by different cultures, and I'm lucky enough to say I've visited six of the seven continents - one day I'll get to Antarctica!

The one country I've never been to but definitely remains on my bucket list, is travelling across Russia from west to east.

My love of travelling extended into my studies too, and I read French, Spanish and Portuguese at university, before doing a post-grad course in Italian.

After graduation, over the next decade, I lived in Madrid, Valencia, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Cologne, Paris, and Nice, before returning to the UK in 2014. However, I still travel a lot and get away as much as I can to write about my experiences and the fascinating things I see wherever I go.

Cuba is the most amazing place I've ever seen, and my love for this Caribbean island goes beyond 1950s American cars and Mojitos.

Cuba is probably the most nuanced place I've ever visited and the more I write about it, the more interesting it becomes on a multitude of different levels. There are a myriad of things which bewitch me about Cuba, and I find everything, from the history, the architecture, the geography and geology, the flora and fauna, and lastly the people, truly beautiful.

In my opinion, there's no better way to see this layered island than by bicycle. It's a great way to get up close and personal with the kind and friendly "Cubanos", with whom I've forged many lasting friendships.

Lastly, music is my other great passion, so you can probably imagine that Cuba suits me well musically too! It's a country whose foot constantly taps along to the rhythm of the impossibly catchy music it produces, and I love how stoic, carefree, tragic, profound, and joyous the lyrics and melodies are.

You'll never visit Cuba just once. It's impossible not to go back again and again.

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Recent articles by Richard Knight

The Grand Aston La Habana is set to open on 15th March
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The Grand Aston La Habana is set to open on 15th March

Cuba

Cuba

Canada's popular and trusted source for travel industry news Travel Week has published an article about how the Grand Aston La Habana is getting ready for its official opening on 15th March, down by the Malecon seaside promenade in Havana! Read on and find out more!

Havana's first LGBTQ+ hotel now open!
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Havana's first LGBTQ+ hotel now open!

Cuba

Cuba

Several online news outlets have published articles detailing the fantastic news that Havana's first LGBTQ+ hotel, Hotel Telegrafo Axel La Habana, opened on Tuesday 1st March. Read on and find out more about this great piece of news!

National Geographic article tells how Havana's vibrant street-life and music scene is welcoming back the tourists this year
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National Geographic article tells how Havana's vibrant street-life and music scene is welcoming back the tourists this year

Cuba

Cuba

American online photojournalist magazine National Geographic has published an article stating just how Cuba's capital city Havana is enticing back the tourists post-Coronavirus. Read on and find out more!

Cuba Direct nominated as Cuba's Leading Travel Agency 2022 in the 29th World Travel Awards
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Cuba Direct nominated as Cuba's Leading Travel Agency 2022 in the 29th World Travel Awards

Cuba

Cuba

Cuba Direct has, once again, been nominated for the prestigious award of "Cuba's Leading Travel Agency" at the 29th World Travel Awards. Read on and find out more about this huge honour!

Iberostar Grand Packard works hard to preserve the memories that show Havana's automotive heritage
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Iberostar Grand Packard works hard to preserve the memories that show Havana's automotive heritage

Cuba

Cuba

The Iberostar Grand Packard hotel in Old Havana is proud to pay tribute to the many vehicles that form part of Havana's unique culture. Read on and find out more about what links the hotel to this side of Cuba!

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