Hello blogger-addicts, welcome once again to this series "Cuba: Its destinations and goodies".
Today we present the capital of all Cubans: Havana. It is a traveller's dream because it is the perfect combination of history, culture, tradition and an atmosphere full of nuances.
The capital was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. There's a lot to cut through, so here we go!
Old Havana is the most important place in the history and evolution of the Cuban capital. It is the heart of Havana and concentrates in its surroundings the most representative monuments, palaces and museums of the city. The city of Havana developed around four main squares that make up its historic centre: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and the Plaza de San Francisco de Asís.
Likewise, you cannot miss such important points of interest as the Castle of the Three Kings of Morro, the Havana Malecon, the "José Martí" Revolution Square, Hamel's Alley or the Colon Cemetery, among many other places of interest.
Although Havana stands out for its city tourism due to the architectural richness of the area and the vivid nightlife, if you are a beach tourism lover, then, of course, we recommend the beaches on the north coast of the capital, known by all as the Playas del Este. They are located just 18km from the city center. It is an area lined with palm trees and lush vegetation that stretches from the small Bacuranao Hotel to the town of Guanabo. These beaches stand out for their beautiful sand and surroundings, as well as for their beautiful coral bottoms, which makes them ideal for diving. Being a public beach and easily accessible, it is one of the cheapest beaches in the country.
As a curious fact for the LGBTIQ community, there is also in Playas del Este a little piece of beach known as "Mi Cayito" where the Rainbow Friendly community of Havana meets, a healthy and safe environment for the enjoyment of all, heterosexuals included.
For nature lovers, we definitely recommend a visit to the emblematic Bosque de La Habana, located to the west of Havana. It is an extensive open-air space full of tropical vegetation and where the noise of the city is muted, a place that invites you to enjoy excellent scenery for photography lovers.
As a recommendation, you could also visit the National Aquarium of Cuba or the National Zoo Park where you will get to know the marine and wildlife typical of our country.
SUGGESTED DAYS TO VISIT: From 3 to 4 days
Whether you come just to see the capital or you are passing through, the recommended time is between 3 and 4 days so you don't miss out on everything the city has to offer. However, here are some other activities or places that you can definitely add to your plans to visit Havana:
- El Cañonazo de las nueve: A tradition that dates back to the 18th century, always at 9 o'clock at night the mythical cannon shot rings out throughout the capital.
- La Bodeguita del Medio: Emblematic music venue and restaurant that has made the mojito its signature cocktail.
- Bar Floridita: Favourite place of the writer Ernest Hemingway, bar restaurant that has glorified the daiquiri as its most popular drink.
- Cabarets Tropicana and Parisien: Two of the city's most famous nightclubs that include spectacular live Cuban music shows and unforgettable dance numbers.
- Buena Vista Social Club: Another of the spectacular shows of the city's emblematic nightlife: salsa, rumba, bolero and guaguancó are some of the musical exponents you will meet.
And this is the end of our blog about the capital of Cuba, remember that we are always looking forward to your comments and you can ask us questions whenever you want. It would be a pleasure if you share us on your social networks or pass this blog on to your friends and family, SEE YOU NEXT TIME!