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Cuba Tourist Office: Embassy of Cuba, 167 High Holborn, London WC1V 6PA T: 020 7240 6655 E: tourism@travel2cuba.co.uk W: travel2cuba.co.uk Autentica-Cuba/169758023058690


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PERFECT WEATHER. PRISTINE WATERS. SPECTACULAR SCENERY. SOARING ARCHITECTURE. EXOTIC WILDLIFE. EXUBERANT NIGHTLIFE.AND A PROCESSION OF VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES


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uthentic, like its people; attractive, like its beaches;


surprising, like its cities; contrasting, like its natural environment; and fascinating, like its culture, Cuba is a combination of riches. A mixture of races and cultures, of


styles and rhythms, of aromas and flavours, this magical archipelago imposes its charm, and has a seductive power which is attracting an ever-growing number of visitors,


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Size: 42, 804 sq miles Currency: Cuban peso Population: 11,240,000 Language: Spanish Main City: Havana Local Beer: Cristal and Bucanero Dish of the Day: Roast pig (cooked over an open fire and marinated in salt, garlic, and sour orange juice). Rice and Red Beans (cooked with coconut milk in a lower heat and served with red pepper slices).


eager to experience the country. To stroll around its towns and cities


is to be drawn into its captivating past which can be seen in its architecture and history. To enjoy its culture is to become part of the very soul of this charming and dynamic island, with its rich heritage of music, dance, drama, literature, film and culinary art. Cuba is home to several UNESCO biosphere reserves, parks and ecological reserves with a conservation focus. This is not just another typical holiday island. This is Cuba, authentic and unique. Its natural splendour is perhaps best described in Columbus’


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legendary description: “This is the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen”. A true natural paradise, this authentic island contains treasures of flora and fauna, with numerous endemic species.


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International Ballet Festival Havana: October 28-November 7 2014 Held in the Great Theatre of Havana every two years the Ballet Festival showcases Cubans’ talent for dance festivalballethabana.cult.cu


What a pleasure to be back in Cuba after more than 30 years, as everything is of such good quality now. I start in Old Havana where so much work is going on to restore the lovely colonial buildings, and check out a couple of boutique hotels. Then a tasting session in the Rum Museum before riding back to my hotel in a pink 1956 Ford Fairlane. Then on to Trinidad, most beautiful and relaxed of the colonial cities, where there’s live music in every bar and a wonderful choice of late night venues. I find another stylish boutique hotel in Remedios, a lovely old town where I vow to return for its renowned Christmas parades. Then over the causeway to Cayo Santa Maria for some beach time, at an all-inclusive hotel as good as any I’ve seen. Dave Richardson, Freelance Journalist


Curaçao Tourist Board, Europe: Anna van Buerenplein 41, 2595 DA The Hague, The Netherlands T: 0031 70 891 6600 E: info@ctbe.nl W: curacao.com curacaotb @CuracaoTravel


curacaotourism CURAÇAO


DISCOVER CURAÇAO’S COLOURFUL CULTURE AND HERITAGE, WHICH CONSISTS OF APPROXIMATELY 65 DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES, AND FALL IN LOVE!


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on Bini! Welcome to Curaçao, the


island where you feel and discover the colours and the warmth of the Caribbean. Discover the island’s dazzling white beaches and its azure blue bays. Enjoy Curaçao’s colourful carnival,


harvest parade and various year- round events that are of world-class stature. Take a walk in Curaçao’s capital, Willemstad, and experience


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Size: 144 sq miles Currency: Netherlands Antillian guilder (also called the florin) Population: 150,000 Language: Papiamentu as well as Dutch, English and Spanish Main City: Willemstad Local Beer: Amstel Dish of the Day: Kabritu Stobá, a wonderful stew of goat meat, which is served with white rice and fried plantains.


the island’s rich cultural heritage and characteristic colourful buildings that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997. Taste the richness of the famous Curaçao cuisine that originated from the many different cultures that have established themselves on the island. Our heritage is both European and African – representing more than 65 different nationalities. Most people in Curaçao therefore speak Dutch, Spanish and English – as well as the local language, Papiamentu, a colourful Creole dialect. Experience the hidden treasure of the Caribbean. Fall in love with Curaçao’s welcoming culture,


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world-class diving, beaches and invigorating outdoor adventures. The island of Curaçao welcomes


you, so come and discover an island that will make you feel right at home. Enjoy your stay!


KEY EVENT Amstel Curaçao Race: November 8 2014


This will be the 13th Amstel Curaçao Race, one of the Caribbean’s best-known cycling events amstelcuracaorace.com


Day 1: Willemstad Walking Tour (Otrobanda and Punda); lunch at Marshe Bieu; visit Kura Hulanda Museum; shop at the Renaissance Mall; dinner at de Gouverneur. Day 2: Visit Dinah Veeris; visit the Curaçao Ostrich Farm; lunch at the Green House; visit the Curaçao Sea Aquarium; dinner at Equus. Day 3: Visit the Christoffel Park and Shete Boca national park; lunch at Jaanchies; beach hopping (Playa Kenepa, Cas Abou, Porto Mari); dinner at Kome. Day 4: Visit Serena’s Art Factory; lunch at Saint Tropez Ocean Club; visit Chobolobo Liqueur Factory, shop at Zuikertuintje Mall; dinner at Omundo. Day 5: Climb Christoffel Mtn; lunch at Komedor Krioyo; visit Museo Tula; visit Nena Sanchez Art Gallery; dinner at Belle Terrace. Garrett Hollander, Marketing Asst. Curaçao Tourist Board Europe


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