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Cuba’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Cuba is home to a staggering nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the fifth-highest number in Latin America. A trip to Cuba, then, is not only an opportunity to get some sun and relaxation, but also to experience some of the world’s most amazing treasures. The nine sites in Cuba are distributed across the island, seven of them were chosen for their cultural significance, two more for their natural significance.

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Cuba’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Ten fun facts about the Grand Theatre of Havana Alicia Alonso
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Ten fun facts about the Grand Theatre of Havana Alicia Alonso

The Grand Theatre of Havana Alicia Alonso - "Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso" in Spanish - stands proud in heart of Havana, and is the country’s most prestigious location for opera, ballet and performing arts. It is home to the Cuban National Ballet company. Its history dates back to 1837 when it was constructed as the Tacòn Theatre. The theatre was expanded and renovated in 1914 into the building you can see today, which is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque Revival architecture in Cuba.

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Havana's new "5 star-plus" luxury hotels
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Havana's new "5 star-plus" luxury hotels

Havana has recently witnessed the inauguration of three brand new hotels that some commentators have been referring to as ‘5 Star-Plus’, due to their high international standards. These are: Accor Paseo del Prado, Iberostar Grand Packard and Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. They offer an ambience that aims at being a cut above the rest, especially through original interior designs and layouts.

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Five fun facts about unmissable museums in Havana
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Five fun facts about unmissable museums in Havana

When it comes to museums, one is spoilt for choice in Havana. At current count, Havana has over 50 museums, plus many places which are effectively museums in all but name. Havana is one of the cultural capitals of the world, and whilst the city’s nightlife is second to none, during the daytime the museums of Havana can provide equally memorable experiences.

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Ten fun facts about Havana's famous "Malecon"
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Ten fun facts about Havana's famous "Malecon"

The Malecon (El Malecón in Spanish) has always been popular with locals and visitors to Havana. Day and night it attracts all walks of life, from families to philosophers, and acts as a long, relaxed recreational space that contrasts strongly with the narrow streets and hectic activity of the old city.

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El Capitolio: Ten fun facts about Havana's most photographed building
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El Capitolio: Ten fun facts about Havana's most photographed building

Classic images of Havana usually involve vintage North American cars driving along old backstreets, perhaps with a musical instrument or someone smoking a cigar in the background. If the photographer or the artist decides to choose an iconic building to feature in the backdrop, they usually go for El Capitolio. Its enormous dome is iconic, marking the Havana skyline like St Paul’s Cathedral marks London or St Peter’s Basilica marks Rome.

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