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Cuba Comes Alive at Cemetery Colon

Odd though it may sound, Cemetario Cristobal Colon (informally known as "Colon Cemetery") stands among Havana's best-loved attractions. At Colon, named for explorer Christopher Columbus, visitors find more than 500 chapels, vaults and mausoleums, the graves of notable citizens—and countless stories.



Insight Paladares: Los Mercaderes

Over the last few decades Havana Vieja (Old Havana) has been getting a facelift courtesy of the City Historians office.  Now the torch is being passed to private business owners such as Yamil Alvarez of Paladar Los Mercaderes, appropriately named for its location on Mercaderes street a couple blocks from Plaza Vieja. 



Free Cuba Apps for iPhones

Although wifi is limited in Cuba, and mobile phone and data access is not available to Americans, a few free apps can help you prepare for your travels.



InsightCuba’s Vintage Cuba Tour

Visiting Cuba is like peering into the past. Little has changed on the island for decades or longer—so visitors can see its classic autos, timeless buildings, and historic sights up close.



Cultures in the Kitchen

Cuba’s cuisine has been influenced by a blend of civilizations over time. Spain colonized the island after Christopher Columbus discovered it in 1492, and the Spaniards brought the flavors of home and the introduction of African slaves. These two cultures greatly influenced the flavors of Cuba, blending their native techniques and spices with the island’s edible offerings.



Insight Paladares: Nazdarovie

On Havana´s Malecon sea wall, overlooking the blue horizon of the straits of Florida is an ethnic paladar that is paying homage to Cuba´s recent history.  It is called Nazdarovie.

Nazdarovie is a restaurant that celebrates the social and cultural bond between Cuba and the ex-Soviet Union by serving up Slavic dishes surrounded by Cold War era pop and political art.