It has been a big year for Cuba. After US-Cuba relations were improved in summer 2015, an influx of tourists started to head to the country – the first half of this year saw an 11.6% rise in visitors on the previous year. Then, in late 2016, the former President Fidel Castro passed away, after years of illness.

Travellers continue to flock to Cuba for its seemingly stuck-in-time capital, gorgeous beaches and verdant countryside. If you’re planning a trip to this fascinating island, check out these great pictures of life in Cuba.

Havana subathers

Havana sunbathers, CubaSarah Hardy / Picfair

Fishermen at sunset

Fishermen in CubaSarah Hardy / Picfair

Classic car, Havana

Classic car, havana, Cubalilema / Picfair

Chicken hat

Chicken hat man, CubaSarah Hardy / Picfair

Afro-Cuban dance and drum group, Havana

Aerial of Afro Cuban dancingMartyn Wellman / Picfair

A colourful slogan painted on a wall in Havana

Cuba muralAndy Walker / Picfair

Bar La Bodeguita Del Medio, Havana

Little restaurant, Cubaurf / Picfair

A horse and cart taxi in CárdenasMatanzas

Horse and cart, Old timey Cubaurf / Picfair

The streets of Havana

Havana streets, CubaSally Hudson / Picfair

A classic car speeds through the streets

Classic car in CubaUniquePhotoArts / Picfair

Cuban boys playing football in the yard

picfair-111604689-matchIrena Sowinska Galli / Picfair

A classic car cruising through Havana

Classic car cruising through Havanacaroljmoir / Picfair

A Cuban man in Trinidad

Cuban man in hatSarah Hardy / Picfair

A horse drawn cart on the colourful streets of Trinidad

Horse-drawn cart in colourful streets of TrinidadPatricia Hofmeester / Picfair

A Cuban wedding party

A Cuban wedding partyPatricia Hofmeester / Picfair

The roofs of Trinidad

The roofs of Trinidad, CubaIrena Sowinska Galli / Picfair

Salsa partying in Havana

A Cuban salsa bandAndy / Picfair