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Cuba Guide

CUBA AND THE HAVANA CARNIVAL

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The Havana carnival takes place every year over several consecutive weekends. It’s the second biggest carnival on the island, after the one held in Santiago de Cuba.

A CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION

In Cuba’s capital, locals and tourists from all over the island gather by the seafront, on the famous Malecón promenade to watch the dancers in their dazzling, glittery costumes which retrace the island’s history of slavery, recalling the celebrations held by the slaves on their rare days of rest.

Participants start planning for these festivities months beforehand to prepare their costumes and floats, and the groups of dancers - the “comparsas” spend weeks rehearsing for the big day.

A essential part of Cuba’s cultural tradition, the festival takes place during the summer and is one of the island’s main attractions. Men and women come together to rejoice in the infectious atmosphere of drumming and conga lines.

Musical instrument used in the Cuba carnival

A KIDS’ PARADISE

Havana Carnival is also great for kids! During one day of carnival the streets are filled with clowns, magicians, and impressive floats, leaving little ones starry-eyed.

Another great reason to book your flights to Cuba with Air Caraïbes!

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SANTA CLARA
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Located in the centre of the island of Cuba and capital of the province of Las Villas, Santa Clara is a modern and dynamic city, whose economy is mainly based on the exploitation of sugar cane.