Havana has a way to seduce her visitors with steamy weather, good looks, pretty buildings, old fashioned American cars, zesty foods, and rumba music played live on a street corner. People of Havana are fun, friendly, outgoing and are pleased to share in its fascinating history.
Take a little adventure at sunset by strolling alongside the Malecon. Running approximately seven kilometers, this famous boulevard goes from Old Habana to the Plaza and Vedado area. There is a collection of colorful building from 20th century that overlook this boulevard. These buildings have a wide range of styles for architectural, from Neo Moorish to Art Deco.
If you have socializing in mind, The Malecon is an awesome place for meeting locals. This is a place to cast a line or wander along the shore enjoying ocean breezes. If you feel the need to rest you should stop at Hotel National de Cuba, a National Monument and World Heritage Site. Some famous guests that have stayed include Marlene Dietrich, Marlon Brando, and Frank Sinatra.
Paseo del Prado
Many consider Paseo del Prado, Havana’s most gorgeous street. This street is lined with trees, there is marble benches, terrazzo, iron lampposts, and bronze lions. You have the feeling of being in an era that is long gone. The wealthiest families of Havana once called this street home. You will be amazed at the many 19th and 20th century restored mansions, hotels, and cinemas lining this Paseo del Prado. The wedding chapel most famous in Havana, the Palacio de los Matrimonios is a highlight of this street. Another place of interest with Moorish styling, is Hotel Sevilla. This street is a meeting place that is quite popular.
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro
Known also as El Morro, Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro is an amazing sight found at the Bay of Havana’s entrance. There was constant threats of pirate attacks at the end of the 16th century to the beginning of the 17th century when it was built for protection against them. Looking almost the exact way as it had in 17th century, with the lighthouse rebuilt many times before being replaced with one that is solid stone in 19th century. When visiting you will see the original lamp shining while taking in all the beauty of the views offered by the Havana city and the ocean.
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana is just a quick stroll from the El Morro. This fort was the largest and most costly the Spanish built during the 1770s, when it was constructed. This fort was built after the British occupancy and controls Bay of Havana’s entrance.
Commonly referred to as La Cabana, was a prison through Batista regime for the military and after the Revolution it come to be the Che Guevara headquarters. This fort now is the house for some museums. Museo de Comandancia del Che is the most impressive of the museums housed at La Cabana. Che Guevara’s office from his time there is preserved and personal items of his on display. You have a gorgeous view of the sea and the city in the day and at night come out for Ceremonia del Cañonazo. This is a time for fun and excitement, when actors dress in costumes from 19th century and at 9pm every evening, perform a ceremony of cannon-firing.
Fusterlandia is on Havana’s outskirts in a small village, neighborhood art that is three-dimensional and full of creativity and color. Jose Fuster, a local painter and sculptor, is the creator of this kaleidoscopic display of paintings, sculptures, and mosaics in this neighborhood representing his art and life. Many refer to Fuster as the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” Bus Shelters and homes of his neighbors he has even decorated. Playful people, as well as art lovers will adore this cool part of their trip to Havana.
When visiting Havana, these are just a few of the many spots of interest you want to visit while here. Be ready for fun-filled days and nights in the great city of Havana. Most of these activities are on our Havana itineraries. If you would like more information about any of these landmarks or our tours please contact us at 305-987-0442 or Info@TravelGuideCuba.com.