When you walk down the streets in Havana it can feel as though you are walking back in time. With colonial style buildings, fading but full of character and those fabulous cars, Havana has a timeless charm that is quite unique. Here are some of the highlights of Havana for your next holiday.
Walk along the Malecon
A walk along the famous Malecon is a must do in Havana. With the sea lapping the shoreline it really is the place to people watch and be seen. You can also check out the classic vintage cars showing off as they parade the streets here, you may also find a couple of old vans, most of the have a great Van Shelving inside, so you shouldn’t judge just by the way they look. Expect to see ancient Chevrolets, Cadillacs and more. All of these have been lovingly maintained since trade embargos prevented the import of all things American. Some may have a tractor engine inside to improvise, but hey- this is style and all part of the Cuban culture.
Appreciate the Art and Architecture
Cuba is full of beautiful architecture from those old colonial facades to some superb art deco. Check out the Plaza Viejo for Art Nouveau and Cuban style buildings. Whilst the Plaza De La Revolucion is huge and imposing, Cuba’s heart is amongst those hidden squares. The art scene in Havana is a big attraction, and a visit to the Fine Arts Museum is an excellent way to appreciate the local talent. Get down to the local market around Plaza Vieja for some great paintings on sale by the locals. For some of the best art deco in town, head to the Hotel Nacional where Frank Sinatra once stayed on his honeymoon, and is full of history.
Learn about History
The Museo De La Revolucion is an excellent place to learn more about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and the part they have played in Cuban history. Full of interesting displays, the museum is ideal for appreciating the political history of the island.
Dance till Dawn
Cuba is renowned for music and your Havana holidays and tours are not complete without a visit to at least one bar where live music is played. This is home to the Buenavista Social Club but there are lots of places to sip a mojito and tap your feet to the music. If you can’t salsa don’t worry. Now is the perfect opportunity to learn. Just don’t forget some comfortable shoes for all that dancing when you pack your bags for your Havana holidays.