Captivating salsa rhythms and Caribbean joie-de-vivre, cigars and rum
, the glittering chrome of American classic cars and revolutionary romance. Sometimes, you get the feeling that time has stood still in the Cuban capital
for the last 50 years - but the city is still seen as the party centre of the Caribbean,
and quite rightly so!
is a charming, unique combination of magnificent, colourful, imposing buildings in the universal colonial style
and the morbid charm of decay in socialist Cuba. This contrast is most apparent at Malecón
, the shoreline promenade
stretching over half a mile and in the Havana old town
behind it, which has been declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO
. As well as the architecture and the numerous sights, what most visitors to this three-million-strong city fall in love with is its unique flair which is largely thanks to the Habaneros
, the people of Havana. They are always relaxed and cheerful, and never miss the opportunity for a good party.
in the fourth-largest city in the Caribbean is fiery and varied. Especially in the old town and the district of Vedado
, there are numerous bars and nightclubs playing Caribbean salsa and son sounds, and also rap and dance-hall rhythms where you can dance the night away. You can also pick up refreshments along the way in the form of classic cocktails such as mojito
and, of course, Cuba libra
Cuban cuisine is charmingly varied and largely consists of a few basic ingredients
which are happily gluten-free
: rice, black beans, vegetables and a little meat and fish. This relatively bland trend has, of course, been heightened by the economic embargoes which have now been in place for decades - most foodstuffs which go beyond the normal range are simply not available to the majority of Cubans. For coeliacs, the main thing in favour of Cuban cuisine is the fact that flour and wheat starch are barely used at all. The Cuban national dish “Moros y Cristianos”
, for example, is made of rice and black beans, with grilled chicken sometimes added. However, there are no restaurants specialising explicitly in gluten-free food. You can find out more before travelling from the Grupo de Celiacos de Cuba
, the Cuban Coeliac Association
, which is currently only contactable by post, it does not have a website. And don't forget: If you don't speak any Spanish, make sure you take the appropriate travel cards.
Grupo de Celiacos de Cuba
Garrido 20708, Herarra y San Antonio
San Miguel del Padron
Tel: +53 (7) 91 41 207