Pinar del Rio is the capital city of the Pinar del Rio Province and is the 10th largest city in Cuba. It is situated on the western end of the island and is famous for producing some of the world’s finest tobacco! Ultimately, it features some of Cuba’s most stunning natural landscapes including Vinales Valley.
The most popular site to visit in the area is the Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation, here you can view the stunning Cuban countryside while learning about the plantation, the Robaina family, the international cigar market and life in Cuba. Overall, if you are looking to learn more about the history of the area it is definitely recommended to book a tour here. Alternatively, for those who like to go exploring why not venture out to the Cavern of Santo Tomas, the cave tour lasts approximately 1 hour but can be a bit challenging and so it is not recommended to anyone with small children or anyone with mobility issues. However, it is sure to be a great activity to get involved with if you can. On the other hand, another popular site to visit is the Cathedral de Pinar del Rio, this beautiful small historic church is a great place to visit no matter if you’re religious or not. It is a beautiful, grand building with stained glass windows and figures that still hosts mass and is an active part of the local community.
There is a relatively good selection of accommodation for you to choose from in Pinar del Rio, this includes hotels, apartments and holiday homes so no matter how big your group is that you are travelling with there is sure to be somewhere perfect for you. Some of the most popular places to stay include Casa Colonial La Nonna, Pinar del Rio Hotel and Casa Mayde.
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The closest airport to Pinar del Rio is Jose Marti International Airport, which is situated in Havana. The drive will take roughly 2 hours by car or taxi, but up to 5 hours by bus, therefore it is recommended to hire your own cheap rental car in Pinar del Rio as it will be much easier for you to get around and will ultimately give you more freedom to explore where you want.
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