A parade in Remedios

Day 1

Arrival in Remedios

Depending on your route, you should arrive in Remedios with plenty of time to have a look around this colourful little town. You’ll find beautiful colonial architecture scattered around the central Plaza Marti, including some of Cuba’s finest churches. The evenings are serene, but there are some lively bars to explore and a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere. You’ll stay at a locally run casa particular, with your own key and bathroom so you can come and go as you please.

p.s. Remedios is famed for its Las Parrandas festival, held 16-26th December, when accommodation is very hard to come by – you’ll need to book early if you want to experience this.

A woman standing next to a classic car next to a beach near Remedios in Cuba

Day 2

Cayos day-trip

On your second day, we’ll arrange for you to be picked up in a classic car and driven in style across the 50km causeway which links the mainland with the islands off the north coast. The car takes up to 4 people, so you might have some fellow travellers joining you for the journey. Your driver may also stop to show you some of the fishing villages along the way. You’ll have the day to relax on the powdery sands and swim in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, before heading back for the evening in Remedios.

*please note that you’ll need to pay an entrance fee of around 15CUC locally, which will also cover your lunch at one of the beachside restaurants.

Cobbled street in Sancti Spiritus

Days 3-4

Sancti Spiritus

After a hearty breakfast at your casa, it’s time to leave Remedios behind and travel to Sancti Spiritus, about 1.5 hours away. Unless you’re self-driving, we’ll arrange for a private transfer to pick you up from your accommodation, and you should arrive before lunchtime with plenty of time to explore this attractive old town. Sancti Spritus gives a great insight into everyday Cuban life and is known for its welcoming spirit. Your casa owner will be happy to give you some local tips.

Our Cuba Specialist Jules taking part in the cookery experience in Sancti Spiritus

In the early evening you’ll meet with local lady who has made her home in an old soap factory, and she’ll welcome you into her kitchen to learn how to make Cuban classics such as arroz con gris, cerdo asado, frijoles negros or yuca con mojito. Cubans hate wasting food, so you’ll also get eat some of the fruits of your labour of course. Afterwards, you can take in some great local music at Uneac or the Casa de la Cultura, and try an ice cream from local institution Dulce Crema. If all this sounds dreamy to you, then just let us know and we’ll extend your stay to 2 nights here.

At the end of your stay here, you’ll continue on to the next stop on your Cuban adventure.

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