The Top 10 Sights of Cuba

Travel to Cuba completely without tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 attractions of Cuba! What are the highlights and attractions you can't miss when vacationing in Cuba?

Cuba attracts visitors from all over the world to the Caribbean with its fantastic attractions. Breathtaking diving sites, enchanting historic cities, such as Havana or Cienfuegos, and the relaxed Cuban atmosphere guarantee a pure vacation mood.


Havana old town

You can stroll for hours through the typical Caribbean alleyways in Old Havana, Cuba - © Kamira / Shutterstock
© Kamira / Shutterstock

The old town of Havana, Cuba's capital, is one of the most worth seeing old quarters in the world. Some of the many pastel-colored colonial buildings are among the first in the Americas and brim with interesting history. The mighty fortifications of Havana have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also worth seeing is the Revolutionary Museum about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara or the Cathedral of San Cristóbal, one of the oldest churches in the Americas.

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Cuba beaches

Cuba's 6,000km coastline offers several hundred paradise beaches of white sand and calm turquoise sea - © DUSAN ZIDAR / Shutterstock
© DUSAN ZIDAR / Shutterstock

What would a Caribbean island be without its beaches? Of course, most travelers come to Cuba for a beach vacation. Quite rightly, because along Cuba's 6,000km long coastline, 400 picture-book beaches offer Caribbean flair at its best.

On the quiet south coast, relaxation is a priority, while hot salsa rhythms for dancing through the night can be found on the north coast. Diving is a real pleasure almost everywhere, including in the Jardines de la Reina, the fourth longest coral reef in the world.

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Desembarco del Granma National Park

Palm trees in Desembarco del Granma National Park, Cuba - © (Richard Semik) / Shutterstock
© (Richard Semik) / Shutterstock

Anyone interested in Cuba's history can't miss the Desembarco del Granma National Park. With the "Granma" Fidel Castro and Che Guevara landed here in 1956 to overthrow the dictatorship. Otherwise, the national park is known for its plant diversity and its striking cliffs that rise up between the Caribbean and North American continental plates.

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Valle de Viñales

Valle de Viñales is one of the most beautiful areas of Cuba - © kmiragaya / Fotolia
© kmiragaya / Fotolia

The fabulous Viñales Valley is - perhaps apart from Cuba's gorgeous beaches - the most scenic area of the Caribbean island. Lush meadows with low bushes and small palm groves cover an impressive hilly landscape in the west of the island, which is considered the oldest region in Cuba. The so-called "mogotes" were formed 170 million years ago and contain an equally ancient flora and fauna.

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Historic Centre of Cienfuegos

Pedestrian zone in Cienfuegos, one of the cleanest and most well-kept cities in Cuba; its nickname "La Perla del Sur," the Pearl of the South - © Altair de Bruin / Fotolia
© Altair de Bruin / Fotolia

After Havana, "the Pearl of the South" has Cuba's most beautiful old town to offer. The historic center of Cienfuegos was still a notorious pirate port in the 18th century, but today its imposing streets, churches and palaces are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Capitolio Nacional in Havana

The Capitolio Nacional, a domed building about a hundred meters high, was modeled on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Havana, Cuba - © Regien Paassen / Shutterstock
© Regien Paassen / Shutterstock

In the picturesque old town of Havana, the all-surpassing Capitolio Nacional is worth mentioning as a sight in its own right. The impressive Capitolio with its 100m high dome is one of the most imposing pre-revolutionary buildings in Cuba.

Today it houses the National Library and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. During guided tours, a monstrous 25-carat diamond and the third largest indoor statue in the world can be seen.

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Jardines de la Reina

Tropical fish in one of the world's most spectacular underwater paradises, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba - © vilainecrevette / Fotolia
© vilainecrevette / Fotolia

The Jardines de la Reina were already named after the Spanish queen by the discoverer Christopher Columbus. Around 600 coral islands form the fourth largest coral reef in the world over a length of 120 kilometers. It is under strict nature protection and could preserve its originality. It is not for nothing that the queen's species-rich gardens are also known as the "Galapagos of the Caribbean.


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Jardines del Rey

Beach on the island of Cayo Coco, Jardines del Rey, Cuba - © / Fotolia
© / Fotolia

The counterpart to the southern Jardines de la Reina are the Jardines del Rey off Cuba's north coast. They belong to the paradisiacal island chain Sabana Camagüey and are an attractive vacation destination not only for divers. White sandy beaches and turquoise blue waves invite you to swim and relax, a steady wind attracts surfers and sailors and the exotic forests in the hinterland are waiting to be discovered.

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La Tropicana in Havana

A dance show to live music at La Tropicana in the Cuban capital Havana, the largest nightclub in the world, Cuba - © gary yim / Shutterstock
© gary yim / Shutterstock

Old Havana not only has historic architecture to offer, but also the world's largest nightclub.La Tropicanais all about music and dance, especially dancers who put on a show in a sea of light and color. Afterwards, the dance floor belongs to the guests with live music until the wee hours of the morning.

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Castillo de san Pedro de la Roca

The Castillo de san Pedro de la Roca, on the southern coast of Cuba guards the entrance to the bay to Santiogo de Cuba - © Richard Semik / Shutterstock
© Richard Semik / Shutterstock

The Castillo de san Pedro de la Roca is located about 10km from Santiago de Cuba and is amazingly well preserved to this day. The impressive fortress was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and today houses a pirate museum. From the battlements, still equipped with cannons, the view falls for miles over the Caribbean Sea.

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