Havana’s streets are filled with countless vintage cars and there are no advertisements, apart from political exhortations, giving Cuba’s capital a wonderful air of nostalgia.
Wars and revolution have done little to damage its heritage making it one of the finest examples of a Spanish colonial city anywhere in the Americas.
Many of the city’s lavish palaces have been converted into museums, such as the Museo de la Revolución, housed in the former Presidential Palace. Combine all this with the vibrant music, the arts scene and the resourceful, outgoing and enigmatic habaneros and it is easy to see why people return time and again to this intensely romantic, beautiful and intoxicating city.
Havana was originally founded in 1519 and prospered from the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru, as an important stopping off point for looted treasures bound for Spain. It quickly became the most important port in the region and its wealth built from trade in sugar, rum, tobacco and coffee is beautifully reflected in its magnificent architecture, plazas and monuments.
It’s a fabulous place to wander through the streets, sitting in restaurants and outdoor cafes, soaking up the atmosphere. The museums are excellent but it is well worthwhile making time to visit a few of Hemingway’s old haunts, a cigar factory and the craft markets.
Suggested itineraries featuring Havana
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Map of Havana
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Places near Havana
- Las Terrazas 42 miles away
- Varadero 74 miles away
- Cayo Levisa 76 miles away
- Viñales 93 miles away
- Western Cuba 99 miles away
- Cienfuegos 140 miles away
- Santa Clara 161 miles away
- Maria la Gorda 164 miles away
- Trinidad 178 miles away
- Cabo de San Antonio 184 miles away
- Sancti Spiritus 205 miles away
- Cayo Las Brujas 206 miles away
- Cayo Ensenachos 211 miles away
- Northern Cayes 212 miles away
- Cayo Santa Maria 218 miles away
Accommodation choices for Havana
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Ideas for experiencing Havana
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