This unique Caribbean island is a must-see for anyone looking for something different to other holiday destinations. And with cheap Cuba flights readily available, it's an easy place to visit...
Situated with the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic to the north, Cuba offers the opportunity to laze on beautiful sandy beaches in year-round sun.
During the 1950s, Havana was one of the places to be seen and offered the opportunity to indulge in a hedonistic lifestyle. The 'Rat Pack', including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin alongside many other rich and famous people, was frequently found enjoying the nightlife in the Riviera and Hilton.
In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister after a seven-year campaign against the reign of the dictator Fulgeneio Batista. Che Guevara rose alongside Castro and today he remains a key icon of class struggle across the world. In 1961, US-backed Cuban exiles attempted to overthrow the government by landing at Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs). By the end of the fighting, 90 exiles were dead and the rest were taken prisoner by Castro.
Today, Cuba is slowly recovering from decades of economic fallout and Communist rule, yet Havana still retains an incredibly unique way of life that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. As the author Graham Greene said, 'Anything is possible in Havana'.
Trinidad is a colonial city, recognised by UNESCO as an outstanding historical example. Located in Sancti Spiritus, a region offering stunning mountain, river and beach landscapes, the town is well-preserved, remaining unchanged in around 500 years.
There are also many plantations that can be explored around Cuba, including tobacco and sugar, used to produce the famous Cuban rum and Cuban cigars.
There are plenty of watersports on offer too, such as snorkelling and diving. St Lucia, on the Atlantic north coast is a popular destination, with one of the world's biggest unbroken coral reefs that stretches for over 14 miles. Combine this reef with ship wrecks, abundant marine life and clear waters and it is understandable why Cuba is a diving mecca.
Camaguey is the third largest city in Cuba and much of this old city is like a maze. This dates back to the 17th century when the city streets were designed to prevent armies from moving around easily. The Ignacio Agramonte International Airport (CMW) is near Camaguey and also serves the popular resort of St Lucia located around 68 miles from the airport on the northern coast beaches.
Santiago de Cuba is another city rich in colonial history, first settled by Europeans in the 16th century. It is also home to an incredibly diverse population and much of the music that expresses the soul of Cuba.