More and more people in the know are adding Cuba to their list of must-visit holiday destinations. Cuba is the most highly populated island in the Caribbean and apart from a huge diversity of backgrounds and cultures, the country has a fascinating, recognisable history.
Mention Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, cigars and Cuba instantly springs to mind.
Cuba has been an independent country since declaring its independence from Spain in 1898 and in 1902 Cuba became a republic. During your Cuba holidays the best place to soak up the history of the island is in Havana, and what better way to feel the roots of Cuba than to sit in the sunshine outside an authentic Cuban cafe, taking in the architecture and music of Cuba. It's a good way to meet the locals and hear about the history first hand.
During your time in Havana, you need to spend at least half a day at the Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) in Old Havana. The museum contains exhibits that follow the history of Cuba and the peculiar development of this country until the present time. It is housed in former President Batista's residence which was also once the headquarters of the Cuban government before Castro's revolution took over. Designed by Belgian architects, the building was completed in the 1920s, boasting a diverse mix of architectural elements and being most worthy of a visit. Within the main courtyard you can still see the bullet holes from then the revolutionaries tried to take over the presidential residence. Outside in the grounds of the museum is the Granma memorial, a huge glass enclosure that houses the Granma yacht which was used by Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries when they came from Mexico to Cuba to forge the revolution.
Most people are familiar with the old American cars from the 50s that are still used in Cuba, and there is no better way to see the classic cars than in the car museum (although they are still roaming freely in the streets). Again the museum is housed in a historic building dating back from 1891. All of the cars in the exhibition are unique to Havana in some way or another.
If you have the time during your Cuba holidays , the small Farmacia Taquechel museum is well worth an hour or so of your travel itinerary. The building was originally a house before being turned into a pharmacy in 1889. Today the house is home to some interesting pharmacy and laboratory artefacts as well as a small shop selling homeopathic medicinal items.