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The sun rises late in Havana. It’s November and the Tornado season has just ended. I have pulled aside the curtain and through the window, I could see the majestic Malecon and National Hotel Anxiously we begin our walk in Havana starting from Hotel National, the pearl of the 50’s. In its glory days, this hotel was visited by the most important world personalities from actors to kings.  Even Mafia conferences were held here. Americans built it to offer luxury, entertainment, and gambling. Now it is owned by the state and they try to revitalize this symbol that was once the pearl of Havana. My boys are captivated by the classic cars, and to be frank, It’s difficult not to be. It’s like a step back in time. Immediately we arrived at Malecon, an 8 km promenade surrounding Havana. Nowadays this avenue seems like a mirage emerged from another world…

Cuba after Fidel Castro’s death

To understand what is going on in this country, you should know its history and the events that led to the way Cuba is today. The island was originally inhabited by Amerindians and after the arrival of Christopher Columbus, Cuba became a Spanish colony for the next 200 years. During all this time, Cuba has transformed itself into one of the largest exporters of sugar, tobacco and slave markets in the world. The colonial houses, that we can see today, were built that time. Spanish occupation ended in 1898 with the end of the Spanish-American War. Cuba gained independence in 1902, followed by a period of economic development, tourism and it was also a sexual paradise for many Americans. A kind of Las Vegas of the Latin America. Many Americans moved their businesses here, because of favorable laws. They were the ones who brought the famous cars from the 60’s, which…

20 things you should know before traveling to Cuba

The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba feeds itself with the energy of every aspect of its culture: music, dance, history, classic cars and of course Che Guevara. From the first moment you step off the plane, till the moment you take off, you will enjoy a unique experience and this is for sure. But before traveling to Cuba you should know a few things: You need a visa The formalities for obtaining it are not that difficult. If you travel through an agency, they will take care of that, or you can go to the Cuban Embassy with plane tickets, passport, insurance will get a Tarjeta Turistica. You must have medical insurance Medical insurance is mandatory for Cuba. Inform your bank of you departure Your bank may consider your transactions in Cuba fraudulent transactions and block your card. Better inform them in advance. Travel with as little baggage as…

The Way to Cuba

Cuba! Cuba! This thought kept coming back in our minds and we decided to do something about it, now that the authentic charm of Cuba still exists. So we started looking for cheap and good possibilities to reach, discover and feel Cuba. The first option was to organize flights and accommodation ourselves but we found a great offer from a travel agency, so we could not pass it away (Flights from Madrid to Havana and return, three days in Havana at 3 * hotel with breakfast included, 4 days in Varadero at 3 * hotel with all-inclusive, transfers, medical insurance-everything for Euro 740). Although we wanted to stay in local houses called Casas Particular, the offer was too good to be refused. We have booked ourselves the flight to Madrid and the  accommodation for one night, and we paid Euro 100 extra. We arrived in Madrid relatively easy and smooth in about…

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