Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory Viñales Cuba

Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory

Located in a former prison and on this site since 1961 the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory is an ideal daytrip to spend a couple of hours watching people busily roll some of Pinar Del Rios finest cigars. Neatly seated side by side at special wooden benches, the cigar makers carry out their work with dexterity and amazing speed, producing vast numbers of cigars of identical weight and length in the time it takes to bat an eyelid.

Similar but much smaller than the Partagás factory in Havana, you get a better and more hands-on insight here. There’s also an excellent cigar shop opposite the main building offering both locally rolled cigars and some of the major brands like Habanos Cohiba.