Culture and traditions

Cuba is known for its cultural diversity, built from Spanish, African, French and Asian influences. Whether in literature or fine art, film, ballet, modern dance or theatre - the island has produced numerous famous artists in many different disciplines.
Naturally Cuban music must also be mentioned for the island is the birthplace of such intoxicating rhythms as the Danzón, the Son, the Bolero, the Mambo and the Cha Cha Cha.

Cultural heritage

The cultural treasures of Cuba include, above all, the imposing buildings of the colonial era.
The following towns have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO:

  • The historic town centre of Habana Vieja and the fort (Havana)
  • The old town of Trinidad (Sancti Spíritus)
  • The sugar factories around Trinidad (Sancti Spíritus)
  • The fortifications of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro (Santiago de Cuba)
  • The ruins of the French coffee plantations of La Gran Piedra (Santiago de Cuba)
  • The National Park "Desembarco del Granma"

But in almost every Cuban town you can find buildings, theatres, churches or old forts that are well worth seeing.