Top things to do in Valle de Viñales

Top Choice Tapas in Viñales

Tres Jotas

Who knew that Viñales, long a bastion of cerdo asado (whole roast pig), also produces huge crayfish fresh from the Ancón River? For a reminder, pop into 3J's, a tapas bar cum restaurant cum cocktail lounge cum break…
Top Choice Cuban in Viñales

Balcón del Valle

With three deftly constructed wooden decks overhanging a panorama of tobacco fields, drying houses and craggy mogotes, this aptly named restaurant (translation: Balcony of the Valley) has food that stands up to its …
Village in Parque Nacional Viñales

Los Aquáticos

A kilometer beyond the turn-off to Dos Hermanas and the Mural de la Prehistoria, a dirt road twists up to the mountain community of Los Aquáticos, founded in 1943 by followers of visionary Antoñica Izquierdo, who di…
Cave in Valle de Viñales

Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás

Welcome to Cuba’s largest cave system and the second-largest on the American continent. There are over 46km of galleries on eight levels, with a 1km section accessible to visitors. There’s no artificial lighting, bu…
Italian in Viñales

La Dulce Vida

The 'sweet life' Spanish style is another successful Viñales take on Italian food and does noteworthy pasta dishes – just choose your pasta shape and your sauce. Backing it up are some Cuban staples. The small inter…
Mediterranean in Parque Nacional Viñales

La Carreta

A carreta is a simple oxen-drawn cart, but there's nothing basic about how this restaurant transports you up its steep steps and into the privileged pantheons of wonderful Cuban food laced with Mediterranean influen…
Mediterranean in Viñales

El Olivo

Viñales' most popular restaurant, as the perennial queue outside will testify, serves tremendous lasagna and pasta dishes, backed up by other Med classics such as duck à l'orange. The joker in the pack is rabbit wit…
Public Art in Parque Nacional Viñales

Mural de la Prehistoria

Four kilometers west of Viñales village on the side of Mogote Pita is a 120m-long painting. Leovigildo González Morillo, a follower of Mexican artist Diego Rivera, designed it in 1961 (the idea was hatched by Celia …
Vegetarian in Viñales

Restaurant La Berenjena

A commendable attempt to fill a void in Cuba's food market – ie vegetarianism – La Berenjena (meaning 'aubergine' or 'eggplant') inhabits a lovely blue-and-white house with an awning-covered terrace out front. This …
Gardens in Viñales

El Jardín Botanico de las Hermanas Caridad y Carmen Miranda

Just opposite the Servi-Cupet gas station as Cisneros swings north out of town, you'll spot an outlandish, vine-choked gate beckoning you in. This is the entrance to a sprawling garden, work on which began in 1918. …