TODAY CUBA TRAVEL – Activities you cannot miss in Havana, a vibrant capital that dazzles with its majestic fortresses, colorful architecture and magical streets where time has passed at a different speed.
Walking around Old Havana:
Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, corresponding to the oldest part of the city, famous for its squares, castles and fortresses that once protected the city from pirates and corsairs, along with monuments, churches and buildings that testify of its golden colonial era.
Among its must-see places are its four main squares: Plaza del la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de San Francisco, next to the narrow Obispo pedestrian street, which runs through its nine blocks, through art galleries, Shops and bars.
Eat at the restaurant Floridita and the Bodeguita del Medio:
Two emblematic restaurants of the city located in Old Havana, recognized for being the favorites of the famous writer Ernest Heminway, who would make famous the phrase: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquirí in El Floridita”.
Try their cocktails made with rum, is one of the typical activities to do in Havana, which can be accompanied by meals representative of Cuban cuisine, while listening to the music of troubadours and small orchestras.
Visit the Museum of the Revolution:
Located in Old Havana, it corresponds to a majestic building that housed for decades the Presidential Palace. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it is representative of the eclectic style of the time, combining elements of German, Spanish and French architecture with new art interior spaces, designed by the famous New York studio Tiffany.
Since 1974, it has functioned as a Museum of the Revolution, its visit being a must for every lover of history who seeks what to do in Havana, narrating through its 30 rooms, in chronological order, the most important events of Batista’s government, The revolution and the socialist regime.
Sunset on the Malecon:
Enclave of the social life of Havana, meeting place of musicians, craftsmen and people of all ages, who travel mostly at sunset, enjoying the freshness of the sea and the beautiful surrounding architectures.
The 8-kilometer stretch starts at Paseo del Prado and ends at the mouth of the Almendares River, passing through various historical buildings, castles and monuments.
Walk among the splendor of the Barrio de Vedado:
Area of ancient manor houses and eclectic architectures, mixed with modern buildings where most government institutions and offices of foreign companies operate, in pleasant green surroundings, where there are many walks and tree-lined avenues.
Among its must-sees are the Plaza de la Revolucion, the Necropolis of Christopher Columbus and the National Hotel, the latter a must-see for a cocktail on the terrace.
Visit the Necropolis of Christopher Columbus:
Located in the El Vedado neighborhood, it corresponds to an extensive cemetery of 57 ha, considered for its density of sculptural and architectural works, as one of the most important in the world.
Among its singularities are its pantheons, real recreations of the colonial mansions of their original owners, raised in carrara marble, granite and slates, along with decorations with domes, arches and stained glass.
Buy a famous pure cigars at the Partagás Tobacco Factory:
Even if you do not smoke, entering this museum factory is in itself an unforgettable experience to do in Havana; Founded in 1845, it corresponds to the oldest Habanera factory in Cuba, where the tradition of making cigars by hand is still preserved, while the so-called “tobacconist” entertains the workers with their stories.
Guided tours allow you to go through the whole process from the drying of sheets to packaging, ending in a huge sales hall, where the most varied types of cigars are possible to purchase.
A visit to the Capitolio:
An imposing building built in 1929 on two of the blocks of the Havana Center, although it was conceived to house the parliament, the dissolution of this one with the outbreak of the Revolution, led to its use varied to seat of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.
Its large entrance staircase, its portico of Ionic columns and the enormous dome, which stands at a height of 92 meters, are visible from various parts of the city.
A Sunday in the Hamel Alley:
Located in the Barrio de Cayo Hueso, near the malecón, it corresponds to an artistic alley of approximately 200 meters of extension, where diverse manifestations of the Afrocuban culture, are made present through colorful murals, small workshops of artists and products that are Associated with their works and rites.
If you are looking for something to do in Havana on a Sunday, a visit to the Callejón Hamel, it is a good option to enjoy outdoor rumba shows, which are performed through dances and drums, between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Take a walk through the Barrio de Miramar:
It is a neighborhood of luxurious and large mansions, built by Cuban upper classes before the outbreak of the revolution, now mostly made up of embassies, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.
Of particular note in the neighborhood are its famous Fifth Avenue, considered one of the most beautiful in Cuba, with wooded stretches and architectures of different times, in which diplomatic venues of various countries happen.