About Havana

Both a destination and starting point, Havana is an unprecedented city, old and new, unique and unusual. Unlike many cities, Havana understands how to preserve its architectural heritage and its colonial past.

The famous Havana vieja (Old Havana), where the city began more than five centuries ago, is one of the best preserved architectural ensembles of the Americas. Its historic urban center and its system of fortifications were declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1982.

Although the city is the smallest of the Cuban provinces, it is by far the most populated. The blend between African and Spanish footprints makes it one of the most unique cities in Latin America.

The city is rich in culture, history and tradition. Havana is Cuba’s foundation covering all the manifestations of arts, literature, sports and science. It is also a fountain of inspiration for poets and musicians alike.

Places like the famous Tropicana cabaret, La Bodeguita, the Garcia Lorca Theater and the Amadei Roldan Auditorium make this city a must see when discovering Cuba and all its splendor.

Landmarks

  • Castillo del Morro, picturesque fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay. The construction of the castle Los Tres Reyes del Morro owed to the step along in Havana of the English pirate Sir Francis Drake.
  • La Cabaña fortress, located on the east side of the Havana bay. The most impressive fortress of the Spanish colony was La Cabaña, it impresses with its walls of the ends of the XVIIIth century constructed along with El Morro.
  • Malecon is the avenue that runs along the seawall at the northern shore of Havana, from Habana Vieja to the Almendares River, forming the southern boundary of Old Havana, Centro and Vedado.
  • National Capitol, styled after the U.S. Capitol.
  • The Museum of the Revolution, located in the former Presidential Palace, with the boat Granma on display in front of the museum.
  • Revolution Square
  • The Colon cemetery
  • Tropicana – tropical cabaret with a 60 year old history.
  • Necropolis Cristobal Colon – burial grounds and open air museum
  • Havana has a series of beaches spread out along the Via Blanca highway east of the city.
  • Hotel Nacional de Cuba, or the National Hotel.

Quick Facts

  • Population 2.5 million residents
  • Known For Creole food
  • Must See The Malecón