This clock-stopped colonial-era town near Varadero has a couple of claims to fame. Firstly, it’s home to one of the most famous rum distilleries in Cuba. Secondly, it was the first city in Cuba to raise the national flag. The best way to explore is in a horse-drawn carriage. Make sure your gig takes you around Parque Colon, so you can see the first statue of Christopher Columbus to be erected on the island.