Described by many as “old school cool”, a trip to Cuba is in many respects a trip back in time. If you’re heading to Cuba, Havana is a must-see. Colourful local architecture reflects traces of its Moorish history, which goes back to the 16th century. The 1950s feel is still evident, with very little modern development infringing on its colonial style. With none of the big retail names of the rest of the world, it’s still full of independent, family shops, restaurants and businesses run by the people, for the people. Day trips to Pinar del Río and the newly created Artemisa show a different side to Havana, with these more rural areas giving a taste of the wilderness. The mountain range Cordillera de Guaniguanico runs the length of this lush, green region. Pinar del Río is the home of the world’s best tobacco, and while preparing it takes a long time, the laid back people of this area really don’t mind at all.