Cuba: mesmerizing music and magnificent mojitos.

With Fidel’s health failing and uncertainty on the horizon, now is the time to visit the still authentic Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest and in some senses most endearing island. The buildings may be dilapidated and your taxi may be a Russian Lada, but Havana’s baroque colonial architecture and classic cars have a definite charm and its people are wonderfully friendly.

It’s a colourful city with a tropical feel, where you’ll catch the echo of salsa music and the smell of spicy creole dishes on the streets. We’ve searched the web and offer the following practical advice. Read more Travel Daily Mail

WHERE TO EAT A paladar (family-run restaurant) is a good place to sample the local cuisine. Try La Guarida (418 Calle Concordia), the setting for the highly rated film ‘Strawberry and Chocolate’, followed by a mojito (rum and lime) at Hemingway’s favourite haunt, La Bodeguita del Medio (Calle Empedrado).

WHAT TO SEE Visit the Revolution Museum, housed in what was the Presidential Palace before the revolution and the Partagas Cigar factory (Calle Industria).

WHERE TO DANCE A Cuban will dance anywhere but try the Casa de la Musica (Calle Galiano) which has live music most nights. Expect to be pulled onto the dance floor to join in.

WHERE TO STAY The Hotel Nacional de Cuba (famous guests include Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra) has views of the bay. (www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com).

HOW TO GET THERE Virgin flies direct from Gatwick to Havana. (www.virginatlantic.com)

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