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  • Alejandro Robaina – tobacco plantation in Cuba

    Cigar making on Alejadro Robaina plantation

    Cigar making ©Romtomtom/ Flickr

    Have you ever wondered where Cuban cigars come from? They are iconic and well known all over the world, so if you are in Cuba you should definitely take some time to visit the Alejandro Robaina tobacco plantation. The farm produces some of the finest cigars in the world and the owner, Don Alejandro is considered the godfather of cigar making.

    If you are planning to travel to Cuba and want to visit the Alejandro Robaina plantation you can find it about 11 miles away from Pinar del Rio in the Vuelta Abajo region, just off the Carretera Central.  Note that the best time to visit this place is between October and January, during tobacco growing season.

    A special tobacco plantation

    The Vuelata Abajo is one of the most fertile regions of the country and gives home to numerous tobacco plantations. Most of them give their product to state owned factories that will make them into cigarettes of different brands. Alejandro Robaina plantation is special because it is the only one that produces its own brand of cigars and sells them all around the world.

    Tobacco growing in Cuba

    Tpbacco growing Romtomtom/Flickr

    The plantation was founded in 1845 and it got its name after the grandson of the founder. Alejandro Robaina was born in 1919 and started smoking cigars at the early age of 10. Though he passed away in 2010, he left behind a legacy that is world famous.

    Alejandro Robaina is the only tobacco plantation owner to have a cigar brand named after him. One box of Vegas Robaina can cost as much as $500 on the international markets. Since the death of Alejandro, the plantation and the family business is ran by his grandson Hirochi Robaina but it did not seize to produce some of the finest cigars in the world.

    Drying tobacco

    Drying tobacco ©Romtomtom/Flickr

    Traveling to Cuba

    With the current restrictions of traveling to Cuba it is quite difficult for US citizens to fly to Havana or any other place in the country. At the moment you can get airline tickets to Cuba on charter flights from $600 and up, but the ban will hopefully be lifted soon and that will change things.

    The island nation will become a tourist hot spot and all travel companies will try to have a piece of the cake. This will surely result in lower prices and much more affordable opportunities for tourists from all over the world.

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