Cox & Kings
(020 3642 0861; coxand kings.co.uk) offers a sevennight package to Santiago de Cuba from £2,370 per person, staying in casas particulares (familyowned guesthouses). The price includes return international flight with Virgin Atlantic, return domestic flight, four nights’ b&b in Santiago, three nights’ b&b in Havana and private airport transfers. Virgin Atlantic (0844 209 2770; virgin-atlantic. com) flies from London to Havana twice a week from £609 return. interior room (0053 22 65 3021; hotelescubanacan. com; from 44 convertible pesos/£34). Hostal Raúl & Kathy Super, top-notch casa particular with superb service, run by Kathy, Raúl and Fidel (0053 22 62 4472; paqba.com/en/web/ hostalraulykathy; morel. email@example.com; from 25 convertible pesos/£20). Hoyos takes place June 2429 each year, followed by the invasión (a conga to commemorate the War of Independence) on July 18. Casa de la Trova Authentic music venue where all the son greats play (0053 22 65 2689; Calle Heredia 206). For other music haunts, see promociones.egrem.co.cu.
Casa de la Trova attracts all the son cubano greats