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, including some of Cuba’s finest churches, scattered around the central Plaza Marti. 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.
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.
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.
The Puente Yayabo bridge is especially charming, and the town has some great places to eat and drink, some beautiful parks to relax in, as well as some ‘unusual’ museums! In the evening 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.
Optional day trip
Cuban Kitchen Experience
Cuba may not be renowned for its food, but in Sancti Spiritus you can get involved in cooking some of the hearty homecooked staples which have kept Cuban bellies full through the years. Your teacher is a local lady who has made her home in an old soap factory, and will welcome you into her kitchen to learn how to make Cuban classics such as arroz congris, cerdo asado, frijoles negros or yuca con mojo. Cubans hate wasting food, so you’ll also get to eat some of the fruits of your labour of course.
|£45 - per person|
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