For many travelers, Cuba is something of a forbidden fruit. Isolated from much of the world due to its close links with Soviet Russia, Cuba has slowly moved away from hardline Communism and is developing a better relationship with the USA. However the long embargoes and travel restrictions mean that Havana has a unique atmosphere unlike that of its Caribbean neighbours.

Learn more about the political upheavals that have dominated Cuba’s recent history at the Revolution Museum. Originally the Presidential Palace, this opulent building charts the events that culminated in the Cuban revolution. You can still see the bullet holes from failed assassination attempts in the corridors leading to rooms that had been decorated in the style of the Palace of Versailles. Outside you can see the tanks, boats and other vehicles that were used by revolutionary forces.

Havana is a particularly photogenic town. Walk along the seafront at Malecon to see some of Havana’s famously faded glamour. This oceanfront walkway is one of the most popular places in town to hang out, so you’ll have plenty of company from the locals when strolling along. Keep heading west out of town to reach Fusterlandia. This bizarre neighbourhood has brightly coloured tiled houses, complete with surrealist sculptures and intricate mosaics.

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