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Why Cuba is one of the world's safest holiday destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic

After being included in the FCDO's travel corridor of countries that don't require a quarantining period when returning from holiday, Cuba is one of the best options for a warm winter escape that's fairly coronavirus safe thanks to the strict measures in place to protect both tourists and locals. If you're dreaming of sun-kissed white sands, clear skies and balmy temperatures, Cuba is the place to be this winter 2020!

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Why Cuba is one of the world's safest holiday destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Ten fun facts about Havana Cathedral
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Ten fun facts about Havana Cathedral

Situated in the heart of the Old Havana and dominating the popular Cathedral Square is one of Havana’s most photographed historic landmarks: Havana Cathedral. The building was constructed between 1748 and 1777, and has enchanted the city ever since. The seminal Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier once described its appearance as ‘music set in stone,’ and if those stones could talk, they would certainly have plenty of stories to tell. Here are ten fun facts to fill you in on this magnificent place.

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Bringing cigars and rum back from Cuba - what you need to know
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Bringing cigars and rum back from Cuba - what you need to know

Want to bring cigars and rum back from Cuba? You’re not alone. Visitors to Cuba have been doing it for centuries, and it is still a great way to return home with high-quality products at reasonable prices. Rum and cigars make great presents for friends and family or can be enjoyed all by yourself whenever you want to reminisce about that special holiday you had in Cuba. Here’s what you need to know.

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Havana, Viñales and Varadero: Cuba’s golden triangle of the West
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Havana, Viñales and Varadero: Cuba’s golden triangle of the West

Want to see some of Cuba’s finest city life, nature and beaches all in the same region? Havana, Viñales and Varadero are the three places to do it. Transport between this ‘golden triangle of the west’ is fast and efficient, and the journey itself provides treats for the eye. Each place has so much to offer. Here is the lowdown.

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José Martí - Following the trail of Cuba’s National Hero in Havana
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José Martí - Following the trail of Cuba’s National Hero in Havana

If there is one Cuban that every visitor should get to know, it’s José Martí. He dedicated much of his life to liberating Cuba from Spain, dying a martyr for the cause in 1895. The uprising he had helped organise continued, and seven years later Cuba successfully achieved independence.

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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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