Trade The British Winter For Some Latin American Sun With Iberia Express
Iberia Express operates flights from Birmingham Airport to Madrid thrice weekly during the winter season. From here, you can connect onwards to destinations across Latin America with great transfer times.
HAVANA, CUBA (13 HOURS, 15 MINUTES)
Havana two years ago, before the U.S. eased restrictions on its citizens travelling and spending money there. Go now to experience it before it changes completely.
Feel the beat: From son to salsa, from rumba to reggaeton, from timba to jazz to EDM – Havana pulses with music. Spanish, Caribbean and African influences merge to create a distinctly Cuban sound . The beachfront Jardines del 1830 is the place for live salsa, and you can catch top jazz acts at the intimate La Zorra y el Cuervo club.
Appreciate the architecture: Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, is the best place to see the city’s architectural riches. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, this neighbourhood has hundreds of historic buildings, many of which have been carefully restored. Baroque, Neoclassical, Art Deco – they’re all here. Capitolio Nacional, Edificio Bacardí, and Palacio
Cueto are all highlights.
See change underway: Havana is changing fast. Its faded beauty remains – car buffs will marvel at the old models still in use, mass development has yet to begin – but perhaps not for long. As Cuba opens up, it’s the perfect place to see entrepreneurship at work. Dine at a paladar or private restaurant, stay at a casa particular or bed and breakfast, visit one of the latest shops or galleries; their owners are charting new territory.
MIAMI, FLORIDA (13 HOURS)
Geographically, Miami might not be Latin American, but it is culturally. Hispanic immigration has shaped this energetic city, from waves of Cubans in the 1960s to more recent immigration from countries like Colombia, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.
Hit the beach: No trip to Miami would be complete without a day or two at the beach. Miami’s easily accessible beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing, kite surfing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, people watching and more. South Beach is famous, Bal Harbour is glitzy, and residential spots like Surfside offer a family vibe. Slightly further afield are the beautiful beaches of Key Biscayne.
Fun for the whole family: Children will love Miami. They can play on the beach all day, roller blade down the boardwalk, go biking and canoeing in Oleta River State Park, and catch starfish at Biscayne Nature Center. At night, mum and dad can go out on the town. Check out live music at the legendary club Hoy Como Ayer, or have a cocktail at a bar in one of South Beach’s iconic Art Deco buildings.
Eat, eat, eat: Dining in Miami is like a culinary tour of Latin America. You can sample Peruvian ceviche, visit a Brazillian churrascaria for all-you-can-eat meat, or taste test both Colombian and Venezuelan arepas. For Cuban classics, head to Little Havana– breakfast at the historic Versailles bakery, a Cuban sandwich for lunch, and seafood at El Cristo for dinner.
Explore these beautiful destinations by booking your flights with Iberia Express at iberiaexpress.com.