Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Artemisa

Antiguo Cafetal Angerona

The Antiguo Cafetal Angerona, 5km west of Artemisa on the road to the Autopista Habana–Pinar del Río (A4), was one of Cuba’s earliest cafetales (coffee farms). Erected between 1813 and 1820 by Cornelio Sauchay,...

Historic Site in Las Terrazas

Cafetal Buenavista

The most moving ruins in Las Terrazas are about 1.5km up the hill from the Puerta las Delicias eastern gate, and accessible by road. Cafetal Buenavista is Cuba’s oldest (now partially restored) coffee plantation,...

Bridge in Playa Jibacoa Area

Puente de Bacunayagua

Marking the border between Havana and Matanzas provinces, this is Cuba’s longest (314m) and highest (103m) bridge. Begun in 1957 and finally opened by Fidel Castro in September 1959, it carries the busy Vía...

Park in Jaruco

Parque Escaleras de Jaruco

This wild park, 6km west of Jaruco via hushed unmarked lanes, is a protected area featuring forests, caves and strangely shaped limestone cliffs. Havana residents come here for bucolic weekend breaks Thursday...

Museum in San Antonio de Los Baños

Museo del Humor

Unique in Cuba is this fun selection of cartoons, caricatures and other entertaining ephemera. Among the drawings exhibited in a neoclassical colonial house are saucy cartoons, satirical scribblings and the first...

Farm in Soroa

Finca Excelencia

Fitting right into the ecological rainbow of Soroa is this private farm where you can relax, learn about medicinal plants and even partake in a day of voluntary work (and learning). Stroll through the diligently...

Museum in Las Terrazas

Casa-Museo Polo Montañez

The former lakeside house of local musician Polo Montañez, regarded as one of Cuba’s finest-ever folk singers, is now a small museum containing various gold records and assorted memorabilia. It’s right in Las...

Gardens in Soroa

Orquideario Soroa

Tumbling down a landscaped hillside garden next door to Hotel & Villas Soroa is this labor of love built in the late 1940s by Spanish lawyer Tomás Felipe Camacho, in memory of his wife and daughter. Camacho...

Historic Site in Las Terrazas

San Pedro & Santa Catalina

These ruins of a 19th-century coffee estate are down a branch road at La Cañada del Infierno (Trail to Hell), midway between the Hotel Moka access road and the Soroa side entrance gate. A kilometer off the main...

Mausoleum in Artemisa

Mausoleo a los Mártires de Artemisa

Revolution buffs may want to doff a cap to the Mausoleo a los Mártires de Artemisa. Of the 119 revolutionaries who accompanied Fidel Castro in the 1953 assault on the Moncada Barracks, 28 were from the Artemisa...

Waterfall in Soroa

Salto del Arco Iris

The vegetation-rich 'rainbow falls' is a 22m-high cascade on the Arroyo Manantiales. The entrance to the park encompassing it is to the right just before the Hotel & Villas Soroa. A path corkscrews to two...

Historic Site in Las Terrazas

Hacienda Unión

About 3.5km west of the Hotel Moka access road, the Hacienda Unión is a partially reconstructed coffee-estate ruin that features a country-style restaurant, a small flower garden known as the Jardín Unión and...

Landmark in Playa Jibacoa Area

Central Camilo Cienfuegos

Standing disused on a hilltop like a huge rusting iron skeleton, this former sugar mill, 5km south of Santa Cruz del Norte, was one of Cuba’s largest and a testimony to the country’s previous production clout....

Gardens in Playa Jibacoa Area

Jardines de Hershey

Once lush – now largely overgrown – gardens formerly owned by the famous American chocolate tycoon Milton Hershey who ran the nearby sugar mill. There's an element of charming wildness in the winding paths,...

Gallery in San Antonio de Los Baños

Galería Provincial Eduardo Abela

This bold and groundbreaking art gallery is anything but provincial. The first room focuses on painting while others showcase poignant black-and-white photography. The gallery is named after city son Eduardo...

Plaza in Las Terrazas

La Plaza

In the middle of Las Terrazas village at the top of a large knoll, this mini-mall encompasses a cinema, a cafe, a library and a small ecomuseum that gives an overview of the community's short history. All are...

Gallery in Las Terrazas

Galería de Lester Campa

Several well-known Cuban artists are based at Las Terrazas, including Lester Campa, whose work has been exhibited internationally. Pop into his lakeside studio-gallery, on the right-hand side a few houses after...