What to Do in Havana, Cuba
- Old Havana.
Declared in 1982 a UNESCO World Heritage, Old Havana is the historical site of the region. Here you’ll find all kind of ancient monuments, fortresses, churches, palaces, etc. It has four plazas: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Revolución, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Also has a big amount of museums and colonial buildings of spectacular architecture. Old Havana has a great nocturnal ambiance; the main bars are in Obispo Street and in Plaza Vieja.
- Tres Reyes del Morro Castle and Fortress.
Built between 1589 and 1630. Its purpose was to defend this port from pirates and invaders. Was built by orders of the King of Spain and it has walls 3 meters wide and a deep pit. This fortress held countless attacks from enemy boats. From this fortress you can observe impressive panoramic views of the ocean and the city. The site has galleries, two restaurants and a bar.
The Malecon of Havana is a six-road Avenue that reflects the real Cuban life. This 8-kilometers coast sidewalk constitutes a meeting point for poets, trovas, philosophers, fishermen and tourists; besides, from these coasts you can appreciate beautiful sunsets. It was remodeled in 1950 and is a must see if you are visiting Havana because of its imposing architecture. In summer the Carnival takes over the malecon and the nights have an extraordinary ambiance.
- Cuban Art Factory.
This building was an old oil factory, and since two years ago has become an integrating space of interdisciplinary creation that gives an exposition of the best of the contemporary art of Cuba.
- Plaza de la Revolución.
In this plaza, Fidel Castro used to give his important speeches; the attractive that highlights the most is the image of the revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, in a giant mural of black glass, although we recommend you to wait until dawn to see a lights show. In this plaza you can also see the monument to José Martí from where you can see an impressive view of the city. Behind the plaza is the Palacio de la Revolución, the site where the most important ministers and the president have their offices, but no one can get close or is allowed to take photos.
- Necropolis of Cristopher Columbus
This cemetery was declared a National Monument by the Cuban government and is considered one of the world’s most important architectural cemeteries. From the entrance you can see its impressive and elaborated marble sculptures, monuments of different styles on all the 56 hectares this necropolis has. Contrary to what you may think, walking across this cemetery isn’t disturbing, but rather represents an educational tour through the Cuban history. In the middle has a chapel baptized as “La Milagrosa” (The Miraculous). Other important characteristic is that on the tombs of the wealthy, architects recreated the colonial mansions of the owners with the domes, arches and characteristic stained glass.