Places in our Cuba Bicycle Tour: Pinar del Río the best tobacco in Cuba

History of Pinar del Río

In our bicycle tours in Cuba, one of our favorite places is called Pinar del Río (which literally means “Pinewood of the River”). This place is located at the western part of Cuba, at the peak of the island and is home of spectacular landscapes, nature and the most famous tobacco factories of the country. The state is named after the pinewood that grows near the Guaná River in the region and was known before as “New Philippines”. The city was founded in 1699, at that time is was merely a village, but it was already recognized as a city. The population grew fast thanks to the tobacco industry, which still nowadays is the first source of income in the region. In 1710, Pinar del Río officially acquired the status of a city.

Why visit Pinar del Rio in your Cuba Bicycle tour?

Well, that was a little historic introduction to Pinar del Río, now we tell you why is so fascinating to visit it during your bicycle tour in Cuba. In Pinar del Rio you’ll find miles and miles of valleys between beautiful hills, all covered for rich vegetation, this is something worth to see while you are cycling because it’s an enjoyable landscape. Some of the rocks there are painted and are enormous art murals, you must take a picture of them. One of the things Cuba is famous for is for their tobacco industry, the finest cigarettes are made in this island and the principal zone where they are made is here in Pinar del Río. So, even if you don’t smoke, you can see how the artisans work this plant, from the harvest to the assembling of the cigarette. Is a meticulous process to guarantee the best quality; believe us, it’s a complete art.  And well, if you like to smoke cigarettes, you will definitely enjoy this point of your bike tour in Cuba. This is just a taste of what you can find in Pinar del Rio, but actually, you have to live the experience, so please contact us to find how you can be part of our Cuba Bicycle Tour, and remember this is just one of many stops that you will love to visit!

Highlights of Cuba

Cuba, the country of cigars, rum, salsa, colorful houses and old cars. At least, that is what pops up in your head when you think of Cuba, right? Well, you can´t deny that this isn´t true but Cuba has a very rich history too!

Cuba is the largest island of the Caribbean, it has more than 11 million habitants and owns a lot of small islands. The bigger one is Isla de la Juventud. The main capital of Cuba is La Havana, which is since 2015 known as one of the ´New7Wonders Cities´. The city has a well-known, miles long boulevard: Malecón. Havana consist of three districts: Havana Vieja (old Havana), Centro Havana and Vedado. Beside Havana there are a lot of highlights at Cuba!

Plaza de la Revolución

Highlights of Cuba - plaza de la revolucion

 

 

 

 

Highlight number one Plaza de la Revolución. Plaza de la Revolución is one of the biggest squares in the world. The popularity of the square is due to the many speeches which Fidel Castro gave here every year. The highest building of Havana, the José Martí monument is also located at Plaza de la Revolución.

Pinar del Río

Highlights of Cuba - Pinar del rio

 

 

 

 

Pinar del Río is one of the 15 provinces that Cuba counts and is located in the west of the island. This province is the main supplier of the most famous Cuban product: tobacco! For this reason, Pinar del Río is also known as the tobacco capital of Cuba. The Viñales Valley is also based here. At this valley you will find a lot of tobacco plantations and a tobacco fabric where they will show you the whole process of this remarkable product. READ MORE about Pinar del Río

Cueva de los Portales

Highlights of Cuba - Cueva de los portales

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of incredible caves in Cuba but one of the most famous one surely is, Cueva de los Portales. Beside the fact that this cave and his surroundings are very fascinating, was it also the shelter of Che Guevera during the Cuba Crisis.

Varadero

Highlights of Cuba - Varadero

 

 

 

 

Beside the rich history of the country, Cuba also has one of the most fascinating beaches ever seen. Almost every tourist in Cuba went to Varadero during their holiday, or even stay here. Varadero is the place to be to attempt watersports, like: scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. In the central park you will find a lot of nice events to: festivals, concerts and even sport events.

So, there is a lot to see and do on this stunning Island which is full history, nature and culture. If you ever want to go to thhis amzing country don´t miss the named highlights of cuba! Beside that there is commonly more, but you will explore when you get there!