Havana is the capital of Cuba and the largest city of the Caribbean. The city is the main cultural and economic center of the country and the most popular destination in the whole Latin America. The turbulent history of the whole country is reflected in the image of the city, although it is a great city, does not cease to compose a colourful mosaic of contrasts. The city is divided into 3 main areas, in the old town, in the classy Bedado and the beautiful Miramare Hotel. The historic town centre is protected by UNESCO and one of the world heritage sites. The city is mostly contradictory images of architecture, Urbanism and in neighborhoods. Beside the Spanish Colonial buildings of the 16th century, appearing from nowhere Soviet-type multi-storey buildings and major roads connected with narrow picturesque streets. The images of the city traveling the visitor in the 1960s, without plaster houses with flowers at around corners make the scene look like film. The neighborhoods are alive and locals always with smile on the lips.
Our Lady's Cathedral: The Temple of our Lady was built by the Jesuits, with a Baroque raggedness and dates back to approximately the period 1748-1777. The church stands in the heart of old Havana, and is the most prominent building of the town. It is said that the temple is dedicated to Christopher Columbus and that the 1976 ferry was carrying a pot with relics.
The square of the revolution is the most famous square of the city, it occupies 72,000 square meters and stands for the two most important monuments that are dedicated to the two heroes of the country, the José Martí and Che Guevara. The square gained worldwide fame after countless speeches of Fidel Castro. The wider area of the square adorn notable public buildings, such as ministries and the national library.
Morro Castle: The Castle created at the entrance of the harbour in 1589 aimed to fortify the city and to protect from pirate raids. Is a historic stately building with loopholes and a tourist attraction, offering panoramic views.
Cigar factories: The country is world renowned for the famous Cuban Cigars. Quite interesting are the many manufacturing plants, with specially designed guest rooms, where you can watch the production process, to learn about the history and types of tobacco and buy cigars at much better prices.
Museum of the revolution: Museum is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building, created by prominent luxury, in the historic center of the city. Its collections are all the critical period in the history of the island, the turbulent period that lived in the country during the revolutionary war, the revolution of the slaves and the period that took place the war of independence against the Spanish colonists. Of particular interest is the yacht Granma and other warplanes and vehicles located in the wider area of the Museum.
National Museum of fine arts and Museum of Astorianoy: Museum of Fine Arts Center is housed in a building standard neoclassical architecture and a reference point for the city of Havana. Collections and exhibits of recount all the artistic evolution of the country, from the colonial period until today.Under the auspices of the National Museum and the Museum of Astorianoy Centre, featuring a complete collection with remarkable works of art and sculptures from around the world.
Move to Havana the main means of locomotion is the taxi cab and large of 8 persons. The city does not have modern means of transportation and buses circulating is a bit old. Hotels in Havana, in the city centre you will find several good hotels with very good prices and ideal amenities.
Enjoy in the heart of the city with the most important tourist attractions are concentrated in the historic centre and most old town square is the Plaza de Armas, featuring the most beautiful architectural creations. Distinct aura features and the great theater of Havana, which is the permanent home of the National Ballet of Cuba. The spectacular Malecón Avenue consists of 8 kilometres and offers wonderful walks, either under the Sun, either in Moonlight is a favorite meeting point and locals and visitors. The city is full of endless white sand beaches, emerald waters, tropical landscapes with Palm trees and warm waters.The jewel of Cuba considered the beautiful picturesque quarter of Trinidad, with typical colonial architecture of the 18th century, with narrow cobblestone streets, red tiles and traditional colorful houses. In Havana will still enjoy rum, cigars and pretty good music. The Museum del Ron Havana Club, you will get the whole story in rum and of course I will try all the varieties. In the city centre and the promenade you will find outdoor pavilions, the well-known bar in town, interwoven with evening entertainment and the undiminished enthusiasm of the city. Very nice bar you will find in the big hotels of the city.
Of the traditional cuisine of Havana will taste authentic dishes with pork, seafood and delicacies accompanied with black beans and chips. Most meats are delicious and the animals are free-range. Local specialties are paella, meat with corn, potatoes and tubers, the fried lobster with butter and garlic and sweet, fried green bananas. Throughout the city you will find features traditional restaurants with all the specialties of the city, but also luxury restaurants with international cuisine and excellent food quality.
In the city centre you will find features traditional bazaars and small tourist shops with souvenirs, such as shirts & chemises, wood carvings and jewellery from bone or horn. The city does not have big markets and many shops. What is worth to buy cigars and white or black rum.