Flights to Havana: Flights from the UK to Cuba
Airlines flying to Havana from which airports in the UK?
Over the past few years, the relaxation on rules concerning foreign tourists and the development of numerous up-market hotels and resorts have made Cuba one of the top Caribbean destinations for British sun-seekers.
Airlines flying from the UK to Havana
At present, two airlines offer direct international flights between the UK and Cuba, with competition on the route helping to keep airline tickets relatively affordable all year round.
Cuba's state carrier Cubana de Aviacion regularly departs from London Gatwick for the Cuban capital, while the same route is also operated by Virgin Atlantic.
Where is Havana in Cuba?
Located on the northern coast of the island of Cuba and facing the United States across the Straits of Florida, Havana is by far the largest city in the country, being home to around three million people.
Straddling the Almendares River, the city was long known as the 'Key to the New World', with this strategic importance having blessed it with some stunning architecture and a vibrant cultural heritage.
Flights between the UK and Cuba take around eight hours and neither of the carriers offering the service currently offer stop-overs.
However, travellers can take advantage of cheaper airline tickets between the two countries by looking into flying into Havana from either Paris or Madrid, with the latter especially the source of relatively cheap flights due to high levels of passenger demand.
As such, a night in a hotel in a European capital can often more than pay for itself for those holidaymakers in no great rush to get to the Cuban capital.
Things to see and do in Havana
Despite the country's fascinating past and friendly people, many holidaymakers tend to stick to the luxurious hotels and resorts hugging the coast close to the Cuban capital, with many offering their own private beaches.
Those who manage to drag themselves away from their hotel pool, however, are able to enjoy one of the world's most colourful capitals with enough attractions to keep even the keenest tourist satisfied for a full fortnight.
These include the historic gems located inside the 'Old Town', the imposing Plaza de la Revolucion, where images of Che Guevara and Jose Martin look down on the passing crowds, as well as the city's famous cigar and rum factories.
Though it's tempting to jump into one of the many classic American cars offering guided tours of the city, Havana is best seen on foot, with the savvier tourists joining locals on their evening stroll down the Paseo del Prado or down the Malecon by the waterfront.