For many cigar aficionados, there’s nothing better than savouring the taste of a flavoursome stogie under the warming rays of the summer sun. However, while the weather has certainly started to pick up over the last few weeks, you may find yourself experiencing that familiar feeling of yearning for a bit of explorative summertime travel. Whether you fancy a weekend city break or an extended tropical getaway, there is a broad selection of superb destinations that are perfect for cigar lovers everywhere. Here at just seven of them where you can relax, unwind and indulge this summer:
The home of Quai d’Orsay cigars, France is the ideal holiday destination for those who love Cuban cigars. Enjoy a luxurious break in the French Riviera where sunshine is plentiful or take a trip to Paris and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of city life. Those who have opted for the latter can relish a trip to the city’s oldest cigar store, A la Civette du Palais-Royal, which in its heyday, is said to have been frequented by the likes of Casanova and Napoleon! Alternatively, spend a leisurely afternoon indulging in a smoke and a tipple or two in the renowned Hemingway Bar at the Hôtel Ritz.
While Miami itself is one of the most widely visited holiday hotspots in the whole of America, it’s especially great for those who are interested in the history of cigars. Why? Because it is home to the oldest cigar factory in the U.S, the El Credito Cigar Factory. Not only can visitors take a tour of this centuries-old building, but they can also watch as workers hand roll some of the world’s most delicate stogies, making for a fascinating experience. Additionally, if you love a night out on the town, Miami is undoubtedly the place for you; enjoy a drink and a smoke in a selection of vibrant bars, bustling nightclubs and suave restaurants across the city.
If you’re a particular fan of Davidoff cigars, Switzerland should be top of your travel bucket list. Not only can the brand’s original store be found in Basel, but the city is also home to the Davidoff-Schiff Ship, a luxurious boat which regularly hosts exclusive Davidoff events. Spend an evening cruising around Lake Zurich enjoying some top-quality cigars and no doubt mingling with some A-listers of the cigar world!
Another of Florida’s vibrant cities, Tampa was once the cigar capital of the world and continues to attract those with a love of stogies as the result of its place in cigar history. During the 17thcentury, a group of cigar manufacturers flocked to the city, bringing with them hundreds of Cuban and Spanish immigrants to work in the cigar factories that they planned to build. As more and more factories were erected, these communities grew into one of Tampa’s most popular neighbourhoods, Ybor City, where today, the annual Cigar Heritage Festival is held. While Tampa’s past is very much a draw, the bustling nightlife of this fascinating city can also be enjoyed by visitors along with some fantastic Latin American food!
3. Dominican Republic
The homeland of cigars, the Dominican Republic offers cigar lovers a plethora of activities to enjoy while holidaying. Take a trip to one of the many famous cigar factories located in this tropical paradise including the Davidoff Factory, La Aurora Cigar World, Quesada Cigars Factory and the Tabacalera De Garcia Factory. Alternatively, spend an afternoon roaming around tobacco fields or playing a spot of golf on the exquisite La Cana Gold Course, surrounded by crystal clear waters and panoramic sea views.
In the cigar world, Nicaragua is known as one of the most fertile places on earth for growing tobacco. However, it has much more to offer visitors than just its warm and nutritious soil; explore the rocky slopes of Cerro Negro, one of Nicaragua’s largest volcanoes or relish an afternoon of sunbathing on one of many gorgeous white beaches. If you fancy something a little more exciting, why not take a trip to Esteli Cigarros, a popular hotspot where cigar lovers can traverse the thriving tobacco fields and enjoy a local factory tour? For the ultimate cigar experience, head to Plasencia Cigars and discover how some of the world’s most famous cigars from Alec Bradley, Casa Magna and Rocky Patel are made. While visiting, you’ll even have the opportunity to create your own blend – what more could you ask for?!
It may come as no surprise that Cuba is our number one travel destination for cigar lovers. Not only is this Caribbean island home to some of the world’s most renowned cigars but it’s tropical climate and stunning scenery also make it one of the most luxurious places to visit for a break in the sunshine. Head to the Cuban capital of Havana to embark on authentic factory tours and see first-hand the quality of Cuban tobacco. Alternatively, venture out into the countryside and explore the plush tobacco plantations where only the highest quality Habano tobaccos are harvested. Finally, be sure to enjoy a glass of Havana Club rum during your visit – the perfect accompaniment to any Cuban cigar!
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