The hum of old-timer cars from the U.S. outfitted with soviet engines isn’t the only thing buzzing in Havana – in fact, they are just one small part of the authentic, feverish beat of the Cuban capital. A turbulent history has obviously left its mark on Cuba, which was once Spanish and even British territory and now marches to the beat of its own drum. There may not be a free market system, but fun is easy to have and nights famously long in the City of Columns. On the full calendar are either celebrations of music and dance or socialist political reverie, all year long, both fuelled by rum and an enthusiastic people without comparison. The wonderfully photogenic Cuban capital will dance its way straight to your heart.

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