Although Cuba means beach to many, this small island has so much charm that once here, you will notice that lying in the sand is the least of the pleasures you can choose from. Many years ago, UNESCO realized the enormous potential of Cuba, and has decided to declare nine different places of the island World Heritage Sites. Today we will take a short tour through this list to learn more about the magnificent landscapes of Cuba.
If you’ve ever visited Havana, you will agree that it is a unique city. The UNESCO recognition only involves the old town and its fortifications, given its historical importance as a colonial city in America. Founded in 1519, Havana today retains great buildings in baroque and neoclassical styles.
Located the westernmost zone of Cuba, the Valle de Viñales is a tobacco settlement nestled in a hilly and fertile landscape. The richness of this area is both architectural and natural regarding the importance of tobacco crops for the nation economy.
The historic centers of Cienfuegos and Camaguey are definitely one of the main attractions of the island. Founded in 1819 by French colonists Cienfuegos is the core of the tobacco activity. Camagüey is a city built by the Spanish with the sugar cane revenues. It was built in 1514 and now a days preserved a great example of colonial architecture.
The city of Trinidad and the Valley of the Sugar Mills, is possibly one of the island’s most popular attractions. Its beautiful plantations nestled in the thick tropical forest, have become a center of interpretation of the island history. The First Coffee Plantations Archaeological Park in the southeastern coast of Cuba, demonstrates that sugar, coffee and tobacco were the three crops in which Cuba sustained its economy on the colonial era. Nearby, the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca was the fortress built to defend the most important colonial harbor, Santiago de Cuba.
The two last places included in the World Heritage list are the Alejandro Humboldt and Desembarco de Granma national parks. Both preserved a very unique natural scenery of Cuba. Alejandro Humboldt National Park embrace an incredible piece of endemic tropical jungle, including indigenous species and poisonous plants. Located in the southern coast of Cuba, Desembarco de Granma National Park protects a unique landscape with rare coastal geological formation and cliffs.
Cuba is a land of great beauty and with a great touristic offer. Come and visit us, we will be happy to welcome you in Be Live Las Morlas, on the beautiful beach of Varadero.