Viñales is developing at full speed. Its central street houses a restaurant with terrace almost in each house and still you’ll have the feeling that more are needed; in the most popular ones you can expect to wait for an hour.
We went to a different one each time, so I’ll write my impressions:
- El Barrio. One of the most recommended. We found it expensive for how the food was.
- Pepo’s. The cheapest and the food was the same as in the previous, good quality/price.
- De Qba libre. Pasta was not great but it was very cheap. The bad thing is that they tried to charge us more in the bill, they wrote “tip 10%” but it seems that they failed maths because they aimed 16%.
- Rompiendo Rutina. Good price, served quickly, and good dishes, the best food in Viñales.
- Our private home. The “Cuban experience” resulted in one of the most abundant dinners, but also more expensive (8 $CUC per person without drinks), with a better quality than some more expensive restaurants and worse than some cheaper ones.
There are two supermarkets in the center but, apart from drinks and biscuits, they have almost nothing.
Given the vertiginous pace it grows, Viñales is not a good place to arrive without reserved accommodation in high season. The 300 private houses are always full, and we could be forced to stay in one 15 to 20 minute walk from the center, which may not seem so much, but it is in such a small town. On the other hand, this rapid development has made the houses all newly renovated.
For those who can afford it and do not mind being away from the town, two charming options are the hotels Los Jazmines and La Ermita:
- Set on the outskirts of the hills, they offer spectacular panoramas of the valley.
- Although you do not stay in the hotels, getting a drink, which costs the same as in the center of the village, would allow you to enjoy their pools and views.
- To get there you can walk, although the slopes are steep and it takes at least 30 minutes to reach Los Jazmines and 20 to La Ermita. A taxi should not cost us more than 5 $CUC.
- Los Jazmines has the disadvantage that, being located next to the main road, many buses stop tourists, while in La Ermita is all peace and tranquility.