Day trip to Holguin

The provincial capital city of Holguin is just 60 kilometres from Guardalavaca and is the perfect place to head for a slice of the real Cuba.

Holguin is affectionately known as the ‘City of Parks’ and according to Christopher Columbus, it is ‘the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen’. You can take in the sights and sounds of the city as you wander amongst the colonial buildings and stylish plazas. Maybe indulge in a spot of souvenir shopping whilst you’re at it.

If you choose to book on to a day trip to Holguin, you can also expect to experience a ride on an old locomotive at the old sugar mill at Rafael Freyre, a visit to a local cigar factory and a traditional Cuban lunch.

It’s possible to get your hands on Cuban cigars in the resort of Guardalavaca itself. But the factory in Holguin is your best source for them and it’s also great to see all the fine detail that goes into making them. Just don’t forget you will need to take your passport with you if you want to buy any at the factory.