Now they’re back to being mates with the US and Fidel has passed on, things are a-changin’ in Cuba. But some things will stay the same – like Cuba’s biggest and best party will always be carnival in Santiago de Cuba. A mix of Spanish colonial and Afro-Cuban celebrations, carnival changes a city that already spills over with music and rhythm into one massive party. Even if you’re the world’s shyest or worst dancer, you can’t resist joining the waves of conga that sweep through the city or being part of parades of colourful costumes, sultry performers, and the hypnotizing thump of the drum. Time travel in Havana, get into the Caribbean vibes of Santiago, get lost in the streets of Camaguey, check out the beach and mountains near Trinidad, and surrounded yourself with history, music and mojitos in one of the world’s most unique places.
Cuba knows how to party, and nowhere does it better than Santiago de Cuba at carnival time. Shake it with the congas, move it to the drums, and join in with the crowds as performers parade through the streets
There’s more to Che Guevara than the t-shirt – find out more when you stop by the museum and mausoleum of Cuba’s most famous son
Enjoy over two free days in laidback Trinidad. Roll those Rs in a Spanish class, loll about on an unspoilt Caribbean beach or peddle through sugar plantations on a vintage bike
Peeling colonial buildings, 50s Cadillac’s, pumping nightlife and all the mojitos you can (responsibly) drink – Havana’s like nowhere else.