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Havana Malecon (havana seafront)

cuba holidays : havana malecon
  For everyone who loves havana city, there are places so important in their life that is not possible to avoid or ignore them. that is the case of el malecon habanero (havana´s seafront) which during summer nights its breeze covers any sorrow or pity on arrival and gives a new breath to live.
it is true also that for every “habanero” (havana citizen) and cubans in general this place is the ideal “scenario” for every love, specially the romantic ones. as well as the italians lovers have venice or the french have paris, cubans and specially the havana citizens, have the unique malecon.

Cuban Guateque (cuban farmer's party)

cuba holidays : cuban guateque
  The “guateque” campesino is the name of the celebration of the people living in the Cuban countryside, where the farmers’ tunes sound with the conspiracy of typical instruments as the tres, the laúd, the güiro and the guitar.
These parties include a very typical music named “punto guajiro”, which is its fundamental characteristic as well as the lunch or dinner based on Creole roasted pork, rice, vegetables and beverages.
The original Cuban folk music, known as “punto guajiro” has Spanish roots.
It is said that people from Canary Islands living in Cuba created this genre. The genre has elements of the Andalusian music...

Carnivals in Cuba

cuba holidays : cuban guateque
  One of the earliest and most traditional feasts in Cuba is the carnival, and the ones from Santiago de Cuba and Havana are the most popular.
Carnivals have their roots in previous centuries; it is related to the celebration of the Corpus Christi and the Epiphany, when black people organized collective dances and parades.
Authorized by their Spanish master, the African slaves enjoyed some days off once in a year. Beside that, every January 6th, Epiphany Day, they were allowed to reproduce their songs from their original lands.
Thousands of people expect this feast every year, eager to enjoy the gorgeous show made by a parade of floats in an explosive colorful joy for everyone.

Dominos game in Cuba

cuba holidays : dominos game in cuba
  Walking around any of the Cuban neighborhoods you’d certainly find a noisy group of a contagious joy, placed around a table with four rustic chairs or simple boxes, and people playing the Cubans’ preferred game: the dominos.
The earliest reference of this game came from China, where it probably was created, 1120 years B.C. But as it is a very old game, it was also known not only by China, but Arabs and Egyptians long time ago. At mid 18th century, Italians introduced the game in Spain and France that is why it is deduced that the Spaniards were the ones that introduced it in its colonies. This old universal game has thousand fans, irrespective of age; race or sex.It is said that in the western world the Italians were the first to play it, in the Venetian and Neapolitan courts.

Havana Giraldilla

cuba holidays : havana giraldilla
  The Giraldilla is one of the most representative and ancient symbols of Havana City. Legend of love, history, art, and symbol of a city, everything is enclosed in this little statue, made by the Cuban sculptor Jeronimo Martin Pinzon in the 3rd decade of the XVII Century.
Around the origin of the Giraldilla there are few different stories but at least each one stated that everything began when on March 20th, 1537, the King of Spain, Carlos I, sent to Cuba his 7th Spanish Governor and General Captain of the island, Don Hernando de Soto.
According to several sources the King of Spain sent the Commentator to Cuba for him to prepare an expedition to Florida because Cuba was very close to the Peninsula discovered by Ponce de Leon. Then, on May 12th 1539, Hernando De Soto started his trip to Florida leading an expedition formed by 9 vessels and 537 horses selected among the best of Cuba.

Cuban Guayabera

cuba holidays : cuban guayabera
  It is said that a farmer in Sancti Spiritus province, in the central part of Cuba, asked his wife to make a comfortable shirt to work in the country. The wife did his husband’s wishes, but she was far from imaging at that time, that her original design will become so popular, first among the residents of the area, and afterwards worldwide.
The first name of this shirt was yayabera, because it was used in the region near the Yayabo River. It is also said that the farmers in that area used to harvest guavas and left some of them in the pockets of the yayabera. That’s why its name changed very soon to guayabera .The guayabera is one of the most popular costumes in Cuba. Generally made of white linen, it is fresh, comfortable and elegant clothing.

Cuban Piropo

cuba holidays : cuban piropo
  The Sexual attitudes are present in the every day life, in the streets, in the way people move or dress, in the apparent innocent blink of an eye that pushes us to an impenetrable complicity. Admiration by the sexual appearance, the physical or the spiritual opulence it is also expressed aloud. It is difficult if not impossible especially for Cuban men to stay impassible about the women's beauty. If a pretty woman walks with a rhythmic movement near a man, it doesn't matter where it happens, a comment will arise. Either alone or in group Cuban men will never let the lady pass without saying anything. And then, it comes, "el piropo".

Los 15 (15 anniversary party in Cuba)

cuba holidays : 15 anniversary party
  As most of the traditions, this celebration nourishes from many origins, one of them could be the so called party for the introduction to the society, very popular in Europe and held in the 19th century.
In Spain this celebration was named "La Puesta de Largo" (dressing long), to honor the girls who wore elegant dresses for the social nocturnal events for the very first time. It is also related to the old costume of several native people, in the Caribbean Basin referring to the beginning of the puberty, and therefore fertility age, which was so important at that time.

El Caballero de Paris (The Gentleman of Paris ) Havana Icon

cuba holidays : havana icon
  A medium height man, thin, of a scruffy and abundant hair and beard, dress with a black cape despite the strong Caribbean sun, was a very popular street character in Havana from the 50's of the last century. He was a kind of man who could appear in any corner of the city, although he visited some regular places.
He use to walk on the streets and travelled by bus greeting everybody and discussing about life's philosophy, religion, politics, etc. Many people remember him as a cultivated and well educated chatterer.

El Medico Chino (The Chinese Doctor)

cuba holidays : havana icon
  If a Cuban tells you the phrase: "nor even the Chinese doctor can save you", cross your fingers, because it means things will go really wrong with you and your possibilities to be successful are few. If it refers to health problems, then you have been predicted a sure decease.
Even when this phrase could suggest a warning or a threat it never or almost never is based on true elements but in a superstitious way to see something.

La Macorina (Cuban Heroin)

cuba holidays : havana icon
  As a revival image of Isadora Duncan, the woman scarf was blowing with the salty breeze coming from the Malecon and the inhabitants of Havana stared at her; it was the early 20th century. That lady was the first woman driving a vehicle in Cuba.
She was originally from Guanajay a town in the southern part of Havana and she assumed the prostitution as a way of living. Her wide brown eyes, her face scattered with moles and a daring short hair, still remained in people's minds. The woman's name was Maria Calvo Nodarse.

Baseball in Cuba

cuba holidays : baseball in cuba
  It is clear for everybody that Cuba considers baseball its national sport. Since approximately 1865 or 1866 this sport has been practiced and has become part of the lives of most Cubans.
On December 27th, 1874, the first baseball game in Cuba took place in a field known as Palmar de Junco, in the province of Matanzas. In the match, the Habana team defeated the one of Matanzas with the unbalanced score of 51 to 9 runs. Merely four years after that event, Cuba became the second country in the world to organize a professional baseball championship.

The Christ of Havana

cuba holidays : the christ of havana
  Right to the entrance of Havana Harbor, to the left and among the San Carlos de la Cabana fortress and the town of Casablanca, arise an amazing and majestic statue known as The Christ of Havana.
Although with only four decades of existence, this monument is part of an architectonic ensemble which characterizes the entrance of the ancient port of Carenas, discovered by Don Sebastian de Ocampo between the years 1508-1509.

Angerona: A love Story of a German and a Slave

cuba holidays : angerona coffee plantation in havana
  The remains of an old coffee plantation named Angerona are placed in Artemisa, a municipality in the southern part of Havana, inserted in the scenery of the Cuban countryside. The owner of Angerona was a German emigrant originally from Bremen who made a fortune out of the aromatic grain, at the beginning of the 19th century. Cornelio Sausse, best known as Sochay, never imagined that the attraction by the dark skin, perfumed with French fragrances will take him to an unusual and unforgettable love. Ursula Lambert, a worthy and elegant Haitian exiled after the slave rebellion in that country, motivated him to stay in Cuba.

The Tinajon (Big Jar), Symbol of Camaguey

cuba holidays : The Tinajon (Big Jar), Symbol of Camaguey
  According to the rich Cuban oral tradition it is said that the residents of the current Camaguey province, when settling in those places of the eastern part of the Island, decided to produce some big utensils of mud to store water.
The origin of the name of Camaguey seems to be in the voice Camaguebax, name of an indigenous cacique of the area. The village was named Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe and was one of the first sevens founded by the Spanish colonizers in Cuba.

El Gallo de Moron (The Moron's Rooster)

cuba holidays : El Gallo de Moron (The Moron's Rooster)
  It's a fact that in Cuba when a person wants to tell somebody else that he/she has failed doing something, in terms of love or business they say: "You are as the Moron's rooster, exposed and clacking". Moron is a municipality in the north area of Ciego de Avila province, also known as Ciudad del Gallo (The Rooster's City), because at the town's entrance rises a monument to that bird, giving a welcome to traveler with its opened beak. Certain customs, cultures and traditions arrived to the Island with the Spanish emigration during the previous centuries. In Seville, Spain there is a municipality named Moron de la Frontera. Many of the emigrants that came to the Island settled in that area.

El Burro Perico (Perico Donkey)

cuba holidays : El Burro Perico (Perico Donkey)
  This donkey is neither the one that accompanied Sancho Panza in the adventures of Don Quixote, nor Platero, which is a character born from Juan Ramon Jimenez' imagination. It is about Perico a popular donkey in Santa Clara City, in the central part of Cuba. Even a sculpture was dedicated to the animal. In the intersection of three important streets of the city capital of Villa Clara, erects a metallic structure to remember the nice animal. These avenues have lost their names because they all go or return to the area known as "Perico Donkey" which is the best reference you can have instead of the street's names which surround him.

Cuba and Its Wonders

cuba holidays : Cuba and Its Wonders
  As well as the world settle its 7 ancient wonders in history and the same number in modern times, Cuba counts on unique monumental works due to their technical solutions and magnitude. The so called seven wonders of the Cuban civil engineering, which have been selected from a total of 37 proposals, encompass a period of 72 years with the first of them in settled on the XIX Century.
This first honor is given to the aqueduct designed by Francisco de Albear that began to function in 1893 and which at the present time still supplies 20%of the water to Havana City, with a delivery of 144 thousand cubic liters a day.

The Morro and The Cabana (Havana Fortress)

cuba holidays : The Morro and The Cabana (Havana Fortress)
  The Castle of Los Tres Reyes del Morro is the most symbolic of the Cuban fortresses. Its construction began in 1589 and finished in 1630 on the Eastern part of the access channel to Havana's harbor, by hands of the Italian Militar Engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli.
This fortress is like an irregular polygon because the builders had to adapt the construction to the shape of the reef on which they built it. The Morro castle as it is better known was a strong defense trench against the frequent corsair and pirate attacks.

The First Botanical Garden in Cuba

cuba holidays : The First Botanical Garden in Cuba
  This encounter with history of science invites everybody to make a trip that will lead you to the first Botanical Garden of Havana City. This place is near Old Havana.
The first Botanical Gardens founded in Cuba by the XIX Century were aimed to study the plants of the tropical region where Cuba is located.
The creation of a botanical garden is the result of an idea of the Patriotic Real Society, predecessor of the Friends of the Country Economic Society because these institutions wanted to make Research on the usage of plant in Industry.

The First Automobile in Cuba

cuba holidays : The First Automobile in Cuba
  One morning of 1898, the people of Havana City woke up surprised by the strange noise of something they have never heard before: It was the noise originated by the first Cuban automobile.
The motorcar which was able to make 10 km per hour, was pretty flimsy and unsafe, and had come to make the competence to the horse carriage, and also to worry the authorities that have to think on establish new traffic regulations and to force the imminent road improvement in the capital of Cuba.

The First Graveyard in Cuba

cuba holidays : The First Graveyard in Cuba
  On February 2nd, 1806, the first Havana's graveyard was inaugurated. For many Centuries, the temples were the places destined to the graves. No matter the social position, everyone rested in ecclesiastic backgrounds at the end of life. The corpse's stench conspired against the public health but this inconvenience was solved in the XVII Century with the abolition of those burials.
In Cuba this come to an end during the government of Don Salvador De Muro y Salazar, Someruelos Marquis, who determined the creation and constructions of graveyards outside of the Churches.

The Charangas of Bejucal

cuba holidays : The Charangas of Bejucal
  It is settle that at the end of every year it takes place the oldest of Havana's traditional feasts, Las Charangas de Bejucal. The congas go around the locality divided in two parties including the inhabitants of the place.
The town is divided into two, the red and the blue parties which establish a fraternal competition from December 3rd to January 1st. People get organized on the streets to represent their parties and create thousands of surprises to better their counter part.

The Cuban Flamingo and the Psychic Life

cuba holidays : The Cuban Flamingo and the Psychic Life
  According to History, the Egyptians used to write the word red by drawing the shape of a flamingo. They also called it Ave Phoenix, and thought that the bird died each afternoon consumed in the flames of the sun and emerged from its ashes the next morning.
The Jews believed that it was an animal of the Paradise that resisted temptation, a virtue for which it obtained divine benevolence. The Greeks called it red wings, Phoenicopterus in their language, a term that eventually became its scientific name.

Diego Grillo: The First Cuban Pirate

cuba holidays : Diego Grillo: The First Cuban Pirate
  The Cuban archipelago was a strategic location for the pirate action. However, not only Cuba was victim of the vandalism of those foreigners that used to plunder the wealth of this young Spanish colony. This land also had its own killers. Diego Grillo was the first pirate to be born in this island who was very well known worldwide.
The story tells that for a long time it was widely believed that Diego Grillo was missing, but, he appears in England as a wealthy business person.

Cuban Streets and their Names

cuba holidays : Cuban Streets and their Names
  On January 5th, 1603 on the occasion of the constitution of the Havana's Town Council thanks to His Majesty Felipe III, the Councilman Juan Recio said: "I beg everyone here to forgive my anger, but it has a cause: This is a mess!, just in two or three places of San Cristobal of Havana the houses are built in straight line! .That's why I'm asking to name the streets for us to know where to build the houses!!
His petition would be accomplished, but not by order of any governmental law, or band. The people with its mixture of chaos and poetry put the hands on the matter.

The Great Theater of Havana

cuba holidays : The Great Theater of Havana
  The "Gran Teatro de La Habana" is one of the most important Latin American cultural institutions. In the middle of the XVIII century, as everybody knows, Cuba was a Spanish possession in the Caribbean and Havana which was its capital, only had two theaters which were not enough to satisfy the needs of entertainment that Cuban population reclaimed at that time.
The first one was the "Teatro Principal" located were nowadays the "Avenida del Puerto" (Port Avenue) expands itself, while the other one, named "Diorama", was situated a little more centric in the city but it was smaller.

Charming Havana, Its Names and Legends

cuba holidays : Charming Havana, Its Names and Legends
  From the very moment of its discovery, Havana has been not only a desired place from conquerors of every time but an undeniable inspiration of artists of all kinds and for sure and without any doubt, a loved city. It is also possible that when someone think in Havana, the image of "La Giraldilla" located in the cityscape, seemingly printed on the air, arrive to his mind as it is a clear symbol of this city. People can even also think in the columns of the National Capitol erected in the capital which called the attention of Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, sometimes named the Paris gentleman, when he should have been called Havana's gentleman, as he retraces always his passion and wandering steps through the streets of the city.

Wilfredo Lam, A Great Cuban Artist

cuba holidays : Wilfredo Lam, A Great Cuban Artist
  One of the most important and international Cuban artist of all times was the painter Wilfredo Lam.
The Cuban surrealist painter -- who lived in Paris the biggest part of his life and exhibited alongside Picasso, Chagall, Degas, and Matisse -- conceived his paintings in a unique pictorial language, incorporating African and Afro-Cuban iconography and symbols in a highly accomplished style.

Kid Chocolate: The First Cuban World Champion

cuba holidays : Kid Chocolate: The First Cuban World Champion
  At the same time as Havana hosted the 1915 heavyweight title fight between Jack Johnson and Jess Willard, the history of the sport from a Cuban perspective begins with Eligio Sardinas Montalvo, better known throughout the world as Kid Chocolate.
Eligio Sardinas Montalvo better known as Kid Chocolate was born on January 6, 1910 at the neighborhood of Cerro in Havana, Cuba. He was a Cuban boxer who enjoyed wild success both in the boxing ring and in society life during a span of the 1930s. He was Cuba's first world champion when crowned World Junior Lightweight Champion in 1931.

Celia Cruz, The Queen of Cuban Salsa

cuba holidays : Celia Cruz, The Queen of Cuban Salsa
  No one but Cuban singer Celia Cruz have made more for the international acknowledge and promotion of the popular music of Cuba. She was one of the most successful Cuban performers of the 20th century, with twenty-three gold albums to her name during her career.
Celia Cruz was born Ursula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso in the diverse Santos Suarez neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, on October 21, 1925, the second child of Catalina Alfonso and Simon Cruz. Some sources indicate that her parents had 4 natural sons but 14 in totals.

Baconao, The Little Cuban Indian Boy

cuba holidays : Baconao, The Little Cuban Indian Boy
  One of the most beautiful legends of the Island is that one about a little Indian boy named Baconao. According to that legend, it is said that in the colonial times, some centuries before the foundation of the village of Santiago de Cuba, in the eastern zone of that Cuban western territory, there was community of the indigenous Taino culture, which had very fertile lands. Near that settlement grew a tree that the aborigines called Bacona.

The First Church in Havana

cuba holidays : The First Church in Havana
  The first parochial church of San Cristobal of Havana was located near the first public square of the City. It was a hut as most of the houses of the Village.
This modest church continued in the same place until 1550. After that the Town Council agreed the construction of a church made of stone and tiles with a budget of 786 gold coins in the place that is today the City Museum.
On July 1st, 1555 the French pirate Jacques de Sores set in fire and looted the City, and only the walls of the church, the hospital and Juan Roja's house survived. Five (5) years later, the people was still without church.

El Son de La Ma'Teodora

cuba holidays : El Son de La Ma'Teodora
  A great mystery is around the popular "Son de la Ma Teodora" (in English, Mum Theodora's Son, is a very popular song and is referring to a type of Cuban music, the "SON"). Some researchers affirm there is no document to testify its real existence and origin, and some others support the idea that it is a functional piece of the popular Cuban music. Nevertheless, this "son" has been accepted as the most ancient musical piece in Cuba, perhaps due to the desire to preserve the myth, despite the prevailing questions about its existence. The piece is supported by the story of two sisters named Teodora and Micaela Gines, originally from Santo Domingo.

Cuban Cities Architecture

cuba holidays : Cuban Cities Architecture
  Some of our cities show a fantastic architecture. The historical part of Havana City is the so called Old Havana, one of the most important urban areas of the continent. You can visit there 88 monuments of architectonic-historical value, 860 of environmental value and 1760 harmonic constructions. Some buildings are from the XVI and XVII centuries.
"It is a monumental area, 90% of its buildings have great value" says Eusebio Leal, historian of the City.

Father and Son: Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Two Great Cuban Musicians ( Part I )

cuba holidays : Father and Son: Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Two Great Cuban Musicians ( Part I )
  Dionisio Ramon Emilio Valdes Amaro, "Bebo" Valdes was born in 1918 in Quivican, near Havana, Cuba. He's love affair with music began in the late '20s, when he was eight years old. According to his own story, on one occasion, his parents took him to hear pianist and bandleader Antonio Maria Romeu's charanga orchestra. "They say that the following day, I went out to the yard and took some rocks and then pretended to play the piano on the rocks, using them as keys," the 90-year-old recalls, on the phone from Malaga, Spain.

Father and Son: Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Two Great Cuban Musicians ( Part II )

cuba holidays : Father and Son: Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Two Great Cuban Musicians ( Part II )
  Jesus "Chucho" Valdes was born in Quivican, Havana, on October 9, (the same day his father "Bebo" was born also) of 1941. He is the son of Cuban pianists "Bebo" and Pilar Valdes.
Initiating his formal studies at the age of 9, he was a student at the Municipal Conservatory in Havana. Even before he was 20, he was a prominent piano player, working with different jazz and popular ensembles around Havana. In the 1960's, he led a group that featured the late Armando Borcela "Guapacha" as lead vocalist.

Alicia Alonso; A Ballet Living Legend and an Amazing Cuban

cuba holidays : Alicia Alonso; A Ballet Living Legend and an Amazing Cuban
  Alicia Ernestina de la Caridad del Cobre Martinez Hoya, Alicia Alonso, was born in Havana, Cuba the 21 of December of 1920. She was the one of two daughters of an army officer and his wife. The family was financially comfortable and lived in a fashionable section of the then-vibrant capital. Alicia indicated at a very early age, her affinity for music and dance - her mother could occupy her happily for long periods with just a phonograph, a scarf, and some records. She started dancing at the age of nine and studied ballet at Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical in Havana with Sophie Fedorova. A year later she performed publicly for the first time in Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty.

Capablanca; "The greatest natural Chess Player that Ever Lived"

cuba holidays : Capablanca; 'The greatest natural Chess Player that Ever Lived'
  Many chess historians referred to him as the Mozart of chess as the incredible Cuban player was a chess prodigy whose brilliance was noted at an early age. Chess player Richard Reti said about him "Chess was his mother tongue". He is often referred to as a candidate for the greatest chess player of all time.
Jose Raul Capablanca y Graupera was born, on the 19th of November 1888 in Havana. He was the second surviving son of an army officer. He learned the rules of the game at the age of four by watching his father play.

A Pirate Story

cuba holidays : A Pirate Story
  On May 29, 1586, famous pirate Francis Drake came into view at the Havana port, one of the New World's most prosperous spots. After the alarm was raised, the city organized its defense, and asked neighboring towns for support. Over 1,000 men were positioned along the coast and in the fortifications to face what was believed to be an imminent attack.
Spanish monarch Felipe II thought the expedition aimed at taking permanent control of profitable strategic places, cutting communication of the fleets, and disputing the possession of the Indies to Spain.

Talking About Cuban Boxing

cuba holidays : Talking About Cuban Boxing
  It is said that up to 25% of the Cuban population regularly participates in sports of one form or another, and this may turn out to be a conservative estimate. In the past 40 years, Cuba has emerged as a surprisingly competitive nation in international sports such as skating, athletics and women's volleyball (the women's volleyball team has won 2 of the last 3 Olympic Gold medals). Cubans have also won gold medals in baseball, boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo and various track and field events.

Baseball In Cuba. Part One; 1864-1961

cuba holidays : Baseball In Cuba. Part One; 1864-1961
  It is clear that modern baseball was developed in The United States. However, its origin is not so clear according to some sources that appoint that it become from various similar games. A popular legend tells that Abner Doubleday, who was an officer of the Union Army during the American civil war (1861-1865), invented the baseball game in Cooperstown, New York. The curious thing is that even when this story does not have any official support, The Baseball Museum and fame Hall is located there.

Baseball In Cuba. Part Two; 1962-2008

cuba holidays : Baseball In Cuba. Part Two; 1962-2008
  On January 14, 1962 the new Cuban national series started once the professional ones were finished the previous year. Since that very moment, the traditional teams of Habana, Almendares, Cienfuegos and Marianao begin to vanish and to form part of the memories of the public. The new Cuban created teams, Occidentales, Habana, Azucareros and Orientales, substituted them and attracted the lovers of the game from the beginning.

La Guantanamera

cuba holidays : La Guantanamera
  The "Guantanamera", which is for sure, the most Cuban known song, have traveled the whole world for a long time.
The music for the song is normally attributed to Jose Fernandez Diaz, know as Joseito Fernandez who claimed to have written it at various dates (consensus puts 1929 as its year of origin), and who used it regularly in one of his radio programs. Some researchers claim that the song's structure actually came from music already in popular use by peasants in southeastern Cuba during the early 20th century, and that Fernandez merely adopted the melody as his own.

Sindo Garay; The Creator of the Cuban Trova

cuba holidays : Sindo Garay; The Creator of the Cuban Trova
  Sindo Garay died of waiting so much for death. Few men in the history of the Cuban music in these two centuries of musical struggle have been able to afford that; not only to die when they considered it convenient, but just the fact of dying when he was about being one hundred two years and on his own will.
Gumersindo Garay, which was the name of the Cuban par excellence – which is not to say that the rest was not – but his acquaintances tell that no one would beat him in matters of unselfishness, kindness and modesty, which made his tiny figure grow in stature; but his great virtue was that of naming each of his songs after Indian caciques. If something can be said about Sindo is that he "invented the Cuban Trova".

A Look to Cuban Cinema

cuba holidays : A Look to Cuban Cinema
  Even though cinema arrived at Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century and the island arrived early to the television phenomena and cinematographic production, only around 80 full-length films were produced before the Cuban Revolution of 1959, most of these films were melodramas. Following the revolution, Cuba entered what is considered the "Golden age" of Cuban Cinema.
After being popularized by the brothers Louis Jean and Auguste Marie Lumière, the cinematographe traveled through several capital cities in the Americas before arriving in Havana, which occurred on January 24, 1897.

Arguing Cuban Music

cuba holidays : Arguing Cuban Music
  One of the main things that identify Cuba as a country is its music. Some people could ignore where the island is located but for sure nobody ignores its music. Cuban music is the basis for many other Latin American musical styles, such as Salsa. The main musical form is Son, but Cubans listen any kind of music including rock, classical or jazz.
The Caribbean island of Cuba has been influential in the development of multiple musical styles during the 19th and 20th centuries. The roots of most Cuban musical forms lie in the cabildos, a form of social club among African slaves brought to the island. The cabildos were formed from the Igbos, Araras, Bantu, Carabalies, Yorubas, and other civilizations or tribes.

Cuba's Fine Arts Museum; Getting Younger than Ever

cuba holidays : Cuba's Fine Arts Museum; Getting Younger than Ever
  One of the main attractions for tourist when traveling is visiting the Museums of the destination. Though the Fine Arts Museum is 95 year old, it shows the splendor, grace and vigor of a teenager. It's been the restoration and remodeling work that it went through in the early 2000's.
Like a coquettish lady, it shows its marvel to visitors. With a remodeling in the early 2000's, the Museum was equipped with state-of-the art technology for the light and air-conditioning systems.

The Casa de Asia; Mysteries of Asia in Colonial Havana

cuba holidays : The Casa de Asia; Mysteries of Asia in Colonial Havana
  In the heart of Colonial Havana there's a place, where tiny, finely decorated elephants guard the Buddha's Tooth. Exquisite figurines of jade, precious stone with its aura of good luck, harmony and balance emanate from a tea ceremony set. These are but a few of the symbols of this ancient culture, still mysterious to westerners, which can be admired in the Casa de Asia (Asia House) in the very center of Old Havana.

FolkCuba 2008 and The Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba

cuba holidays : FolkCuba 2008 and The Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
  Held biannually in January and July in the capital, the Folkcuba festival is a celebration of Cuban folk culture and involves singing, dancing, music and feasting. The most outstanding figures of the National Folklore Group of Cuba teach the secrets of Cuban folk dances, with their African and Hispanic roots, and the magic sounds produced by Cuba's percussion instruments.

Curiosities of Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts

cuba holidays : Curiosities of Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts
  Cuba's National Museum was inaugurated in April 1913 by decree of President Jose Miguel Gomez. The institution, currently comprising three buildings of renowned architectural value, has historic and structural features of interest.
The first and most ancient edification currently houses offices, a dining hall, and stockrooms. Some of its spaces are occasionally used to exhibit works of art.

John Lennon in Havana

cuba holidays : John Lennon in Havana
  John Lennon already is part of Havana, as Havana is a part of him, the same Cuba was, in a way, Ernest Hemingway's, beyond his literature. On December 8, 2000, a natural size bronze statue of famous former Beatle, John Lennon, made by Cuban sculptor Jose Villa was unveiled in a Vedado district park by Cuban President Fidel Castro.
To the musical backdrop of "All You Need Is Love", a military-dressed Castro, aided by star Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez, unveiled a bronze statue of Lennon sitting on a bench in a Havana park. On the round at the foot of the bench is an inscription reading: "dirias que soy un sonador pero no soy el unico" John Lennon, which is a Spanish translation of the English lyrics, "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" from the song "Imagine".

Cubana de Aviacion, The Cuban Airline

cuba holidays : Cubana de Aviacion, The Cuban Airline
  Many people considered that the privileged geographic situation of the Cuban island and its mild climate, among other causes, attracted some of the first heroes of air navigation. Since the first decades of the 19th century, aeronauts like the French Eugene Robertson and the Cuban Jose Domingo Blino overflew Havana in balloons.
In 1856 the undeniable most famous of Cuban aeronauts, Matias Perez, went up in an aerostat to make the non return flight which would conduct him to immortality.

English for One Year

cuba holidays : English for One Year
  Winner of the Alejo Carpentier National Novel Prize, the most recent work by Cuban writer Marta Rojas, "Inglesa por un ano" (English for One Year) returns to similar themes presented (without archaisms) in the first Cuban literary work Espejo de Paciencia, (Patience Mirror) written by Silvestre de Balboa Troya y Quesada in 1608. Based on real events, Espejo de Paciencia is an epic poem that tells the story of the kidnapping of Bishop Juan de las Casas Altamirano by a French corsair and his rescue by residents of Bayamo, and one in which the hero is Black.

Che Guevara: a World Icon

cuba holidays : Che Guevara: a World Icon
  Che, an icon... a living legend
As per the occasion of the eighty anniversary of the birth of Ernesto Che Guevara, in Argentina (where the first statue was placed in his hometown Rosario), as well as in Cuba and many other countries, this living icon of the contemporary imagery revives. Though it has actually never been missing or forgotten, and the beating of flags is felt once more with the new main role of a legend and though the human being was also the protagonist of a birth. This legend will go farer than him for the validity of his youth and his ideals.

Looking Through The Paintings of Roberto Fabelo

cuba holidays : Looking Through The Paintings of Roberto Fabelo
  Roberto Fabelo, who is considered the best Cuban draftsman alive, has shown a preference for human heads and faces in the fantastic creatures with which he populates his paintings.
Cuban painter Roberto Fabelo has had the fortune to witness, while still very much alive, how his works are hardly exhibited on gallery walls when private collections or institutions anywhere in the world claim them, no matter how high their price. The youngest person to receive the National Visual Art Award in Cuba is one of our country's internationally most sought-after artists, but when he is creating, mercantilism is the only muse absent from his studio.

Sir George Martin; The 5th Beatle in Cuba

cuba holidays : Sir George Martin; The 5th Beatle in Cuba
  "This audience is marvelous, I want to take it home"
Sir George Martin came to Cuba in October 2002 at the occasion of the centenary of the uninterrupted relations between Cuba and England invited by the British Embassy in Havana and the Office of the historian of Havana city, whose cultural project have been called "Islas e Ideas" (Isles and Ideas) which also reminds the historic event of the took of Havana by the British more than 240 years ago. The producer of the most famous music group ever, "The Beatles", recorded them when nobody believed in their talent and would imagine the impact they will bring to the music later on.

Sir Winston Churchill and Cuba

cuba holidays : Sir Winston Churchill and Cuba
  The following articles have been published in the Cuba Heritage Org. Site. Due to its interesting content, we will present it entirely as in the originals wrote by his author, Allen Packwood.
CHURCHILL, CUBAN CIGARS AND SCOTLAND YARD
UNITED KINGDOM/CUBA, 1941
It is 1941. Churchill's penchant for cigars and fine drink is known throughout the world. His private office is regularly being offered gifts of alcohol and tobacco. Clearly there is a risk of poisoning that has to be taken seriously.

The First Cuban Cementeries

cuba holidays : The First Cuban Cementeries
  Despite of the fear they can caused, cemeteries have become places to visit for travelers everywhere as per the beauty they reflect with its artistic architecture or its amazing and monumental sculptures. For 300 years, since the arrival of the Spanish in Cuba, the common funerary practice was to bury bodies in the church. This religious custom, begun in mid-13th Europe, was extremely damaging. Believers, almost the entire population, were not only exposed to the stench of the cadavers inside the shrines, but this burial practice was also a source and focus for spreading epidemics.

The Mafia in Cuba (part I)

cuba holidays : The Mafia in Cuba (part I)
  In the middle of the forties and till the later fifties, North American mafia families kept their eyes to Cuba as an ideal place to expand their business. In correspondence with that, many plans were made and strategies had been elaborated, most of them with the participation and agreement of the Cuban governments of the epoch.
Here are some of those main events and facts.

The Mafia in Cuba (part II)

cuba holidays : The Mafia in Cuba (part II)
  Despite the fact that in these years vice walked hand in hand in Cuba with politics, the Caribbean republic had little trouble with such gangs and syndicates as course Chicago, Miami and other big American cities. Havana's rackets are keyed to the Latin's "individualistic temperament". There were no lord of Cuban underworld, no Al Capone or Dutch Schultz, and never be.
However, an attempt to create a super-syndicate of crime was smashed with amazing vigor three years ago by the usually easy-going Cuban government.

Cuba's Flora and Fauna and National Attributes

cuba holidays : Cuba's Flora and Fauna and National Attributes
  Cuba is a place teeming with wildlife; there are more animal and plant species than anywhere else in the Caribbean. Discover Cuba's animals, some of which are endemic.
FLORA AND FAUNA

Cuba's Flora is the richest and most diverse in the Caribbean. There are forests with precious wood, pine forests, mangrove, among others. Cuba has 6 300 large plant species of them 51 % are endemic and many are protected because they are in danger of extinction. Some of the protected areas area: Guaniguanico Chain and the Sierra Maestra Mountains considered as a huge botanical garden for its variety and beauty of its plants.

The First Samurai in Havana

cuba holidays : The First Samurai in Havana
  The routes to travel between Asia and America during the 16th and 17th centuries, after the feat of the discovery, not very often took the way that allowed reaching the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the New World and Mexico sailing across the Pacific Ocean. This geographic situation made possible the travel of the first samurai who ever set foot on the nearby island of Cuba, before continuing his journey to Europe.

Winston Churchill in Cuba

cuba holidays : Winston Churchill in Cuba
  It is not well known that one of the most famous English man, and the most important one of the United Kingdom according to his own compatriots Sir Winston S. Churchill visited Cuba twice. The first time was in 1895, when the young Churchill travelled to Cuba to observe the Spanish fighting the Cuban guerrillas (named "mambises") as he had obtained a commission to write and report about the conflict from the Daily Graphic. To his delight, he came under fire for the first time on his twenty-first birthday. He had fond memories of Cuba as a "...large, rich, and beautiful island..."

About The Curious Names Of Havana's Smallest Streets

cuba holidays : About The Curious Names Of Havana's Smallest Streets
  Nobody can deny that Havana is an ancient city full of charm. The original Havana, that part of the city which has being calling Old Havana since the 19th century has streets that still remains mostly with its original shape although its name have been change during the passing of the time. Let's begin talking about the names given to the smallest streets, based on information by eminent historian of Havana City Emilio Roig de Leuchsenring, in his book "La Habana, Apuntes Historicos," and some other findings.

Salsa Music: It's All About Cuban Music. Part I

cuba holidays : Salsa Music: It's All About Cuban Music. Part I
  Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad. Salsa incorporates multiple styles and variations; the term can be used to describe most any form of popular Cuban-derived genre, such as chachacha and mambo. Most specifically, however, "salsa" refers to a particular style developed in the 1960s and '70s by Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants to the New York City area, and stylistic descendants like 1980s salsa romantica (romantic). The style is now practiced throughout Latin America, and abroad. Salsa's closest relatives are Cuban mambo and the son orchestras of the early 20th century, as well as Latin jazz.

Salsa Music: It's All About Cuban Music. Part II

cuba holidays : Salsa Music: It's All About Cuban Music. Part II
  During the 1930s, '40s and '50s, Cuban music within Cuba was evolving into new styles derived primarily from son and rumba, while the Cubans in New York, living among many Latinos from Puerto Rico and elsewhere, began playing their own distinctive styles, influenced most importantly by African American music. Their music included son and guarachas, as well as tango, bolero and danza, with prominent influences from jazz. While the New York scene continued evolving, Cuban popular music, especially mambo, became very famous across the United States. This was followed by a series of other genres of Cuban music, which especially affected the Latin scene in New York.

A History of Cuban Broadcasting

cuba holidays : A History of Cuban Broadcasting
  As probably many people know, Cuba is a small island of 111,111 square kilometers located in the Caribbean Sea at a very short distance from the US. It is the largest island of the Antilles and was one of first countries in America to have broadcast radio stations.
It all started in January of 1922 when American Telephone and Telegraph (ATT) announced their interest to enter the blossoming radio industry in the US. At that time ATT owned the telephone company of Cuba, known as the Cuban Telephone Co.

The Cuban Cigar for You

cuba holidays : The Cuban Cigar for You
  Mark Twain said once: "If they don't allow cigar smoking in heaven, I don't want to go there." From the very beginning, Cuban cigars have been established as the best cigars of the world and its fame is very well deserved.
Some people believes that the secret of the Cuban cigar lies in the warm soil of Pinar del Rio, Cuba's major tobacco province, where the incomparable leaf for the best cigars is grown in reddish clay in the region known as Vuelta Abajo. Even the special microclimate plays a role. The climate and the soil composition are the main things that make Cuban tobacco world class.

The Flag Of Cuba

cuba holidays : The Flag Of Cuba
  There are two main versions about the origin of the Cuban flag. However, even when both referred different stories, there is no doubt about who was its creator. The first version says that the Venezuelan general Narciso Lopez, made in 1848 the first serious attempt to help Cuba break away from Spanish rule. He carried "La Estrella Solitaria" - "The Lone Star" - banner, Cuba's present flag. (While he was having important meetings on the revolution, his wife embroidered it). But his attempt was not successful; only in 1902 Cuba became an independent Republic and Lopez's flag was adopted as the official flag.

Concerning Cuban Literature and Architecture

cuba holidays : Concerning Cuban Literature and Architecture
  As the major island of the Caribbean, Cuba is also a major island in the area on literature and architecture matters.
Literature: In the first case, you could be aware of that once you know that Cuba is an island that has never ceased to yield poets. The first known poem, "Mirror of Patience", was written in 1608 by the Canarian Silvestre de Balboa at the Villa of Puerto Principe. By the first half of the 18th century, around 1733, the first theatre play El Principe Jardinero (The First Gardener Prince) and Fingido Cloridano written by a Cuban author, Captain Don Santiago de Pita, was performed.

The Cuban Coat of Arms of the Royal Palm Tree

cuba holidays : The Cuban Coat of Arms of the Royal Palm Tree
  As the major island of the Caribbean, Cuba is also a major island in the area on literature and architecture matters.
Literature: In the first case, you could be aware of that once you know that Cuba is an island that has never ceased to yield poets. The first known poem, "Mirror of Patience", was written in 1608 by the Canarian Silvestre de Balboa at the Villa of Puerto Principe. By the first half of the 18th century, around 1733, the first theatre play El Principe Jardinero (The First Gardener Prince) and Fingido Cloridano written by a Cuban author, Captain Don Santiago de Pita, was performed.

American Writers and Cuban Readers; Bridging The Gap

cuba holidays : American Writers and Cuban Readers; Bridging The Gap
  Nobody can deny the traditional links between Cubans and Americans specially in culture matters. Concerning literature, for example, more than one great Cuban author has cited an American colleague among his favorite writers. Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway and many other American icons make up the curricula at the different school levels on the island. Despite the almost half-a-century of US embargo against Cuba that have been dramatically harmful in the cultural sphere, it has not spoiled the Cuban taste for American literature.

Santiago de Cuba; Conga, Culture and Entertainment

cuba holidays : Santiago de Cuba; Conga, Culture and Entertainment
  Santiago de Cuba, the Cuban eastern city has various unique elements distinguishing it from all the other Cuban cities: a unique history and culture that inhabitants in that region, located some 960 kilometers east of Havana, take pride in.
The Carnival is perhaps its most outstanding cultural event, different from other similar events island wide, due to the Conga (female of Congo) peculiar to Santiago.

The Royal Force Castle; Revealing the enigmas of the Caribbean Sea

cuba holidays : The Royal Force Castle; Revealing the enigmas of the Caribbean Sea
  Last June 6 concluded officially the restoration works of the Castle of the Royal Force of Havana, one of the most important works that we may have accomplished in the Historical Centre.
The long historical record of this military monument in the history of the Spanish Caribbean was taken into account, because after the Tribute Tower in the actual capital of the Dominican Republic, it is the most ancient military work that marks the presence of the Spanish conquest in the American continent.

Cuban Insularity in Fine Arts

cuba holidays : Cuban Insularity in Fine Arts
  Cuban insularity and the deep sea bathing all our coasts which wraps us in a blue beam of light have always marked the Cuban identity and have been presented in most of the work of narrators, poets, troubadours, painters, and playwrights. Now the National Museum of Fine Arts proposes two exhibitions which are part of a cycle dedicated to the national culture and the island. These proposals are: Cuba and the Sea and Cartographies of an Overseas Island, both in the Building of Cuban Art.

El Son es lo mas sublime...(The Son is the most sublime...)

cuba holidays : El Son es lo mas sublime...(The Son is the most sublime...)
  Septets: The Perfect Formula for Cuban Son
It has been referred many times that the Cuban "son" is the music genre which have give birth to many others including "salsa".
In Cuba, one of the traditional formats that play this kind of music are the Septets which are to son just like light is to trees. Septets have been, since the "Habanero" septet was founded in the twenties in the last century to today, the perfect formula for that special way son sounds.

The Magic Box; Cajon Photography in Cuba

cuba holidays : The Magic Box; Cajon Photography in Cuba
  Photos at The Cuban Capitol
By having a walk around the Cuban "Capitolio" (Capitol) you will see some people moving from one side to another with a curious square wood box over a tripod which for sure will claim your attention.
As you should be aware by reading some of our articles, Cuba has a great amount of wonderful curiosities. That is the case of the "cajón" photography, marvel that seems to be taken out from a very, very old book of stories to be shown in a century of advanced technology.

60th Anniversary of the National Ballet of Cuba

cuba holidays : 60th Anniversary of the National Ballet of Cuba
  The keys of a designer: Interview with Ricardo Reymena, set designer for the new version of the Sleeping Beauty. In the repertoires, season announcements, programs and anthologies of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), there are numerous credits for the set designs, costumes – and sometimes both – of Ricardo Reymena.
We are talking of essential titles danced by the company directed by Alicia Alonso, primer ballerina assoluta: Dionaea, Electra Garrigó, Shakespeare and his Masks, Harlequin's Millions, Cuadros de una exposición (Exhibitions Paintings), Coppelia, Un viaje a la luna (Travel to the Moon), Desnuda luz de amor (Naked light of love)

A Woman Seagull in Love

cuba holidays : A Woman Seagull in Love
  That's the end of an old love story that happened in Cuba during spring 1795 between a rich man and his beautiful black slave. It's said she died in childbirth leaving a pretty baby girl named Julia Rosa.
The poor creature was raised by her grandmother Ma'Teresa, a freed slave who lived modestly by the river San Juan under the umbrella of her master don Sebastian. However, the sister of Don Sebastian felt jealous of all the care and love her brother devoted to the little girl for the latter could become a threat to her ambitious plans she had for her only son Felipe, Sebastian's future heir.

Guards of a Musical Myth

cuba holidays : Guards of a Musical Myth
  This site has been referred recently to one of the most known Cuban rhythms of all times, the cha-cha-cha. On its behalf, a lot of songs were composed especially at the fifties, but among them, one was very well identified as it was about a woman who used to pass through crowded and popular streets in the middle of Havana: Prado y Neptuno.
Grey-haired Cubans should remember that Prado y Neptuno street corner's hey days date from Enrique Jorrin's hit rhythm cha, cha, cha so nicely played by the popular dance music orchestra America in the '50s. The site is located in the heart of Havana mentioned in Jorrin's

Cuba, Let's Go Dancing...

cuba holidays : Cuba, Let's Go Dancing...
  International fever over cha-cha-cha, 55 years ago
The cha-cha-cha (English speaking people recognize this Cuban rhythm as "cha-cha", only) invaded the world 55 years ago, before Elvis Presley's rock-and-roll. World War II had ended, the great times of the 20th century had begun, and the talk all over the world was of the cha-cha-cha, a "matchless dance," created in Cuba by Enrique Jorrin with the help of the Orquesta America (Orchestra America).

Cuba, On the Air...

cuba holidays : Cuba, On the Air...
  Origin of Cuba Television
During the first half of the decade of the 40 in North American century XX, several commercial television networks in the United States were inaugurated. The fact impacted Cuba very soon due to the existence of a strong and successful radial system with vast commercial objectives, which already had reached a concentration of radio stations that would be important national multi-average groups later, supported in addition by the excellent relations between the American electronic companies and the main executives and radial companies in Havana...

The Cuban Capitol in Havana

cuba holidays : The Cuban Capitol in Havana
  The Cuban capital, famous for its five-century history, is also well known in the world for the variety of architectural styles and the existence of unique constructions like the Capitol.
Tourists visiting the old village of San Cristóbal de La Habana often ask for the location of this building, considered the second highest spot in the city.
It is precisely this condition that attracts the attention of both Cubans and foreign travelers, who are also interested in posing in front of old cameras, true photographic relics on their tripods, which allow them to perpetuate in an image the memory of a building of monumental architecture.

Cienfuegos; An Emporium for Diving Lovers

cuba holidays : Cienfuegos; An Emporium for Diving Lovers
  Nobody knows for sure if the goddess of the moon, Maroya, liked the warm waters of a beach which today is the delight of all the inhabitants of Cienfuegos province, 250 kilometers to the east of the Cuban capital.
However, for the first residents of Jagua district, the night heavenly body always liked its face reflected in the old and humid glass.
Named as Rancho Luna beach, that place of Cienfuegos geography became a marine empire for swimmers, lovers of diving, fishermen and everyone who falls in love for this piece of sea.

Homosexuality in Cuban Literature; An approach to a taboo

cuba holidays : Homosexuality in Cuban Literature; An approach to a taboo
  Despite Sodom's destruction by fire, homosexuality has been condemned and ignored by humanity throughout centuries but it is like any other subject in the literary and artistic life of human beings.
Since Lot's wife became a salt statue for challenging the divine prohibition of looking back at Sodom, homosexuality has been doomed to the most severe rejection, both in life and in arts.

The Search for Atlantis in Cuba

cuba holidays : The Search for Atlantis in Cuba
  British historian Andrew Collins is the author of GATEWAY TO ATLANTIS, which in 2000 proposed that Cuba was the flagship of Plato's island empire. He reports on the recent discoveries of a lost city off Cuba, and its importance to the Atlantis legend.
Readers will be aware of the discovery deep beneath the Yucatan Channel, off the coast of Guanahacabibes in western Cuba, of what is purportedly a lost city.

Kcho: My Work is Always a Return Trip

cuba holidays : Kcho: My Work is Always a Return Trip
  The island of Cuba is the motif. It was well founded suspicion in a case where island feelings have been cradle and shelter, of course, also agitation and serenity at the same time. The sea always surrounded him, from that small native Island to the Southwest of the also beloved island-homeland. The boats and oars are either to leave as to stay, at times to make another, spiritual circling of the island. Indeed, leaving no margin to manipulations, the inspiration of Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho) is the island, with all the sways that implies floating, obviously, but basically aground in the mainland of his island-homeland.

The King Of Cuban Guayaberas

cuba holidays : The King Of Cuban Guayaberas
  Havana, - the king of the Cuban guayaberas, the tailor of Lebanese origin, Said Selman, made 12 innovations to the article born to borders of the Yayabo river, in Sancti Spiritus, and thus he became famous in Cuba and the world.
"The past 16 of August, in the Jerusalem Hall of the Arab Union Cuba, in the City of Havana, was made the tribute to my father in the 110 anniversary of his birth", says Ricardo Munir Selman-Housein Abdo. "Nobody can deny that the guayabera is Cuban, been born in the margins of the Yayabo river, in Sancti Spiritus, at the beginning of century XVIII.

The First Cubans

cuba holidays : The First Cubans
  Before the Europeans arrived, Cuba was inhabited by three different aboriginal cultures: the Siboneyes, the Guanahatabeyes and the Tainos.
The Guanahatabeyes were in the island the longest, and have been described as a "shell" culture, or as nomadic societies of hunters and gatherers who used natural materials, such as unpolished stones, seashells and fish bones, for tools. Because their few artifacts display certain similarities of early inhabitants of Florida, it is speculated that they came from the south of the United States.

The Legend Of Hatuey

cuba holidays : The Legend Of Hatuey
  In 1511, Diego Velazquez sailed from Hispaniola (now the Dominican Republic) to conquer and colonize Cuba. Among his soldiers in that expedition was Hernan Cortes, who later conquered Mexico. When he arrived in Cuba, Velazquez founded the island's first Spanish settlement at Baracoa.
Meanwhile, reports from the Indians of Hispaniola reached Cuba. Hatuey, a Taino chief, had escaped in canoes with about four-hundred men, women and children, to warn the Cubans about what to expect from the Spaniards. He explained the need to join against their common enemy, the white men who had inflicted so much suffering on his people.

A Pause in Havana's Everyday Life; Prado Promenade

cuba holidays : A Pause in Havana's Everyday Life; Prado Promenade
  The presence of a colonial city, protected by solid walls several centuries ago, has always been accompanied by open green areas, as city dwellers have needed to escape from the anguish of confinement.
Havana was not an exception. In the 17th century, a two-kilometer-long wall surrounded the Cuban capital, thus protecting thousands of houses inside that area.
For that reason, in the late 1700s, colonial authorities carried out a program of public works, which was aimed at giving the city the dignity it deserved as the capital of the Island.

Health Holidays in Cuba

cuba holidays : Health Holidays in Cuba
  Cuba has an excellent health system, with institutions that provide specific medical treatments, so health tourism in the Caribbean Island meets the needs of the most demanding clients regarding physical and mental recuperation.
The efficiency of Cuba's health strategy is backed up by health indicators that can be compared to those reported by developed countries, including a life expectancy of 73 years and an infant mortality rate that is among the lowest in the world, in addition to a low rate of maternal deaths.

La Plaza Vieja (Old Square): A Landmark in Havana's History

cuba holidays : La Plaza Vieja (Old Square): A Landmark in Havana's History
  Founded more than four centuries ago under the name of San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Cuban capital, assembles the most diverse elements from colonial times in its historic heart, which has today become a singular attraction for tourists.
Thousands of buildings with a centennial history, places linked to culture, commerce, religion and even gastronomy proliferate in a relatively small area for the enjoyment of travelers interested in learning about the major city in the largest Antillean Island.

Old Havana's Hotels; A Unique Proposal for Leisure

cuba holidays : Old Havana's Hotels; A Unique Proposal for Leisure
  The capital of the largest Antillean Island, with a five-century-old history rich in traditions, provides the most demanding visitors with a wide variety of accommodation facilities, ranging from big hotels run by first-line firms to small hotels in Havana's historic heart.
It is precisely in this area, also known as Old Havana and declared World Heritage by UNESCO, where visitors can find most museums, churches, cultural centers and buildings that are closely linked to colonial times - including some 33,000 edifices mostly built during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Bitter Memory of Cuban Sugar

cuba holidays : The Bitter Memory of Cuban Sugar
  "The sugar industry-always a parasitical growth-has never been able to pay its expenses with its own resources in normal times. It depended on slavery for its prosperity in former times and now the masked slavery of the West Indian laborers is unable to save it. Some sort of economic euthanasia is needed for industries which have developed into monstrosities as is the case with Cuba's sugar industry."
- Herminio Portell Vila, Hispanic American Historical Review, 1932 Sugar has been Cuba's great blessing and curse all at once, just as much as her convenient location and size, her tropical climate and her rich soil.

The Oldest Promenade in Havana; Alameda de Paula

cuba holidays : The Oldest Promenade in Havana; Alameda de Paula
  A wide mix of architectural styles provides a huge patrimonial value to the city, where baroque, neo-gothic, eclectic, art nouveau and modern elements get together in perfect harmony. The development of the formerly called Inner Havana led to the design of huge construction projects, one of which was the Alameda de Paula, the oldest promenade in the Cuban capital. Considered the first boulevard in the city, the Alameda de Paula was built by Antonio Fernandez Trebejo, under the supervision of Captain General Don Felipe Pons de la Viela, Marquis of La Torre. It was completed in 1776, when it became a true social and cultural avenue in Havana.

The Origin of Cocktails; Fact or Fiction

cuba holidays : The Origin of Cocktails; Fact or Fiction
  About the origin of cocktails there's a great controversy but the importance of Cuba in its creation and development can not be denied.
Cocktails throughout history. No one actually knows who invented the cocktail as there is no historical evidence or timeline that would enable us to pinpoint when cocktails came into existence.

The carnivals in Cuba and the Caribbean; Its history

cuba holidays : The carnivals in Cuba and the Caribbean; Its history
  The creative art form, aesthetic and dramatic spectacle and entertainment presentation on a mass level that Carnival is, has been the object of periodical denigration by philistines of all stripes and hues. For when carnival is not being put down by supercilious critics influenced by the fixed categories of European classification models that lead them, for example, to deny carnival being complimentary to ballet, opera, dance and the theatre, it and its purveyors on the other hand are obscenely and chauvinistically put down as being "Trinidad-Style" carnival with no restrictions, "initiated by individual band leaders whose concept of ...carnival is ...

The Colonial Years of Diego Velazquez

cuba holidays : The Colonial Years of Diego Velazquez
  The Island of Cuba cannot be proud of Velazquez, its conqueror. Maybe for this reason there is not a single square in the Island bearing his name. There isn't any monument either perpetuating his memory. In any case, is there any reason to remember him?
The Spanish captain died at the age of 63 years old. It is said that the tragic event was influenced by the news that Hernan Cortés his enemy and former disloyal subordinate had been designated by Charles I, King of Spain as General Captain of the Mexican regions which he had discovered and conquered.

Ernesto Garcia Pena; the Language of Nude Bodies

cuba holidays : Ernesto Garcia Pena; the Language of Nude Bodies
  The artistic work of Ernesto Garcia Pena (Matanzas, 1949) is a required point of reference when talking about painting, dance, and rhythm in Cuba. His pictorial works have established well-defined codes within his aesthetic principles.
With vast experience as painter, draftsman, and engraver since the time he was professor at the National Art School (ENA), Garcia Pena has been able to combine with great mastery a particular poetic art of human nude and its close links with the sensuality of plants.

The Ten Years War (1868-1878)

cuba holidays : The Ten Years War (1868-1878)
  The first large-scale war for Cuban independence began on October 10, 1868 with a historic speech known as the "Grito de Yara" (Cry of Yara) by landowner and slave-owner Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. From his farm, "La Demajagua", Céspedes freed his slaves and declared war on the Spanish crown.
Thirty-seven other local planters joined in, freed their slaves and donated their property. The first clash with Spanish troops took place at Yara two days later, and by November the rebel army had grown to 12,000 men.

Cuban Cinema

cuba holidays : Cuban Cinema
  Although cinema arrived at Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century and the island arrived early to the television phenomena and cinematographic production, only around 80 full-length films were produced before the Cuban Revolution of 1959, most of these films were melodramas. Following the revolution, Cuba entered what is considered the "Golden age" of Cuban Cinema.
After being popularized by the brothers Louis Jean and Auguste Marie Lumière, the cinematographer traveled through several capital cities in the Americas before arriving in Havana, which occurred on January 24, 1897. It was brought from Mexico by Gabriel Veyre.

Good Bye to an Incredible Cuban Artist

cuba holidays : Good Bye to an Incredible Cuban Artist
  Cuba's arts and culture and particularly the Cuban cinema have lost one of its most committed and best creators. We have just learned of the passing away of film maker Humberto Solas, the author of some of the best film made by the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) during its fifty years of existence. Humberto was known in Cuba and abroad among other things as the author of the film "Lucia", an outstanding work, which will turn forty years these days. Being very young Solas also wrote and directed films like "Manuela" (1966), "Un dia de Noviembre" (1972), "Cantata de Chile" (1975), "Cecilia" (1981), "Un hombre de Exito" (1986), "El Siglo de las luces" (1991), all of them typical movies of a film maker who always expressed his passion and wisdom.

Havana Cigars

cuba holidays : Havana Cigars
  Aboriginal Roots of Cuban Tobacco
Cuban cigars, one of the products of the country's economy with greater international recognition, treasures in its green leaves a history of more than five centuries, closely linked to the discovery of the island.
According to legends, when Admiral Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba in 1492, he sent two of his best men with introduction letters from the Catholic King and Queen of Spain to the Emperor of China, since he thought they had arrived in that Asian country.

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graphic design Otto Pantoja