Taste a wind of freedom! That’s the invitation we give you at Novela Cuba. We have traveled for you the most beautiful roads of the island. Here are our favorites.
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From Baracoa to Santiago: 2 to 3 hours
This is a very wild road, very little frequented, which crosses a region itself very little populated. The feeling of an impenetrable landscape. And it is not by chance that the Cuban revolution made its cradle. It is precisely because this region is very difficult to access that the revolutionaries chose it.
To penetrate there is to find oneself in direct contact with History. An itinerary is made up of a series of spectacular landscapes, like a succession of paintings, from the rugged and steep mountain road to the dense forests of conifers or the cactus that make you fall into an arid climate.
From Havana to Cayo Levisa by the coast: 2,5 h
A coastal road, with the sea in sight. On one side are the hills, green and hilly landscapes with alternating farms and villages; on the other side is the Gulf of Mexico. The two sceneries face each other. They pass before your eyes, as if untouched since 1959. It is the case! Here, agriculture uses very little, if any, chemical fertilizers. For political reasons of the embargo, fertilizers did not reach Cuba in a massive way. Result: “clean” land. A sign that does not deceive: Cuba can be proud of producing some of the best organic honey in the world.
Head for Cayo Levisa, a seaside destination accessible after a 40-minute crossing.
A must-see destination for those planning a Cuba self-guided tour.
The road of the Eastern beaches: 25 minutes
¡Vamos a la playa! It is the road to the beaches when one stays in Havana. And it is also all the magic of this city where the first stretches of sand under the coconut trees are just at the end of the road, at the exit of the capital. We leave the city center of Vedado, of the Old Havana to traverse a small tunnel that passes underwater and emerges into a tropical landscape practically virgin of constructions. We will choose a convertible and we will take a picnic. Tarará is out of time, with its houses of the 50s, its small marina, and a hotel of the Soviet era waiting for you like an end of the world. You park your car directly on the sand. The beach extends as far as the eye can see. The backdrop is tropical vegetation and a relaxed, family atmosphere. Those who did not bring a picnic will opt for the menu feet in the water: grilled lobster and coconut water.
The Viñales road
The highlight of this route is the crossing of the Mogotes, a real geological curiosity! Tabular mountains are covered with lush vegetation and unusual rock formations that look strangely like meteorites fallen from the sky. A mysterious valley, populated by legends and mists. It is probably one of the most characteristic landscapes of Cuba, a high place for hiking.
Cayo Route: Jardines del Rey archipelago
A road suspended above the sea at 360 degrees, flush with the water. This is what this road looks like, nearly 50 km long, laid like a ribbon on a turquoise mirror to join the flat islands: Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Saetia. To take it is to feel this unique sensation of sliding on the water at the wheel of your car. We obviously think of the images of the Keys (Florida) just opposite. Doesn’t Cayo mean small islands, later anglicized to Key? Because it is the same archipelago of coral reefs that stretches on both sides of the Gulf of Mexico, from the north of Cuba to Miami. This causeway named Pedraplen is the gateway to the Caribbean beaches, a promise of crystal clear waters surrounded by mangroves.
A must-see for those who plan a Cuba autotour or an Autotour Cuba trip.