Exceptional luxury at Havana

Saint Christopher of Havanna was founded in 1519 next to a cove, which during the conquest became the main stopover for traffic between Spain and its American colonies. The continual plundering by pirates and corsairs made it necessary to fortify the city, which in the following centuries kept growing at a rapid pace until it spilled out of the limits of its colonial walls. Today Havanna has 15 municipalities and more than two million inhabitants. Its historical center, one of the best conserved in America, was declared a World Heritage Site by the Unesco.

Things to do in Havana?

5ta Avenida, Havana - Cuba
5ta Avenida

This long street goes through the modern district of Miramar, an extension of the city after crossing over the River Almendares. Besides its splendid central avenue, it offers exclusive restaurants, bars, shopping areas and the hotels in the western part of the city.

Almacenes San José, Havana - Cuba
Almacenes San José

Sited on one of the quays in the bay, here you can find a great variety of local craftwork based on wood, fabric and traditional products, as well as painting, sculpture and engravings.

Bodeguita del Medio, Havana - Cuba
Bodeguita del Medio

One of the iconic places in Old Havana is undoubtedly this small restaurant, the home of the famous Cuban mojitos; visiting here to try the most delicious flavours of Creole cuisine is a must. Thousands of visitors have left their signature on its walls while enjoying the constantly cheerful atmosphere that reigns here.

Callejón de Hammel, Havana - Cuba
Callejón de Hammel

Located between Old Havana and Vedado, this project pays homage to the African heritage of Cuban culture. Folk music and dance groups delight visitors with typical Afro Cuban dances and songs in a colourful setting full of sound.

Callejón de los Peluqueros, Havana - Cuba
Callejón de los Peluqueros

The outcome of a community project, the Callejón de los Peluqueros, or Hairdressers’ Alley, is an original bazar of local businesses, restaurants and bars with a unique atmosphere. On the edge of Old Havana, it’s a perfect place to discover the peace and quiet of the famous Ángel quarter.

Capitolio Nacional, Havana - Cuba
Capitolio Nacional

One of the marvels of 20th-century Cuban architecture, the National Capitol building stands out for its steps, its luxurious rooms and valuable art collection.

Casa de la Amistad, Havana - Cuba
Casa de la Amistad

This beautiful palace in Vedado is the backdrop to a charming love story. Concerts and performances by prominent Cuban artists are held in its peaceful courtyard.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Havana - Cuba
Castillo de la Real Fuerza

The city’s first fortifications are still preserved today in perfect condition. Particularly of interest is its peculiar moat, the collection of historically valuable objects and a striking view of the entrance to Havana Bay.

Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, Havana - Cuba
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro

This amazing castle, whose lighthouse is one of Havana’s symbolic images, rises up on the eastern side of the bay. Initially designed to protect the port entrance, today it guides vessels and houses a valuable collection of military items dating from colonial times.

Castillo de San Salvador de La Punta, Havana - Cuba
Castillo de San Salvador de La Punta

La Punta Castle, overlooking the bay entrance in the west, was one of the city’s bastions in the colonial period. Visitors are impressed by its sombre appearance and imposing cannons.

Cementerio Colón, Havana - Cuba
Cementerio Colón

This is the largest cemetery in the Caribbean area. Its sculptures and environmental design have turned it into a highly-prized reference of Cuban heritage. Some of the country’s famous historical and cultural figures are buried here.

Cienfuegos, Havana - Cuba

This French heritage city, called the Pearl of Southern Cuba, is famed for its beautiful architecture and how it blends in with the natural surroundings of the bay it hugs and the nearby Sierra del Escambray mountains.

Cojímar, Havana - Cuba

This classic fishing village to the east of Havana is an exceptional destination with excellent restaurants.

Comodoro Shopping Mall, Havana - Cuba
Comodoro Shopping Mall

Right next to the hotel, this mall has several shops selling clothes, footwear and souvenirs, a food market, fast-food stalls and a pharmacy.

Cuba’s National Circus, Havana - Cuba
Cuba’s National Circus

Cuba’s long circus tradition is based on companies founded before 1959. Alongside other groups, they used to travel all over the country visiting even the most remote areas. Their performances by acrobats, conjurers, clowns, jugglers, gymnasts and tightrope walkers feature a unique combination of music, dance and staging.

Edificio Bacardí, Havana - Cuba
Edificio Bacardí

This building is one of the most essential symbols of the Art Deco architectural movement in Cuba. Its exclusive and exquisite design make it a real work of art whose highlights are its glass and iron work.

El Cristo, Havana - Cuba
El Cristo

This iconic sculpture guards the entrance to Havana Bay in the Casablanca district. Here you are afforded a sublime view of the city and its bay.

El Malecón, Havana - Cuba
El Malecón

The long wall running along the coast for almost seven kilometres is certainly one of the most representative areas in Havana. This waterfront promenade affords impressive views of the city and the sea from the bay entrance to the River Almendares. Both during the day and at night, it’s a place where people get together and also a traditional part of the carnival route.

Estación Central de Ferrocarriles, Havana - Cuba
Estación Central de Ferrocarriles

Havana Central Station is a real icon of the city’s architecture. Standing on the edge of the colonial city, this is an ideal place to discover the areas surrounding the port districts.

Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana - Cuba
Fábrica de Arte Cubano

This cultural project has become one of the most important spaces on Havana’s cultural scene in recent years. Galleries, stages for concerts and theatrical productions, fashion shows, screening of films and documentaries are just some of the options you can find in an old oil factory repurposed by Cuban artists.

Fábrica de Tabacos Habana Vieja, Havana - Cuba
Fábrica de Tabacos Habana Vieja

One of the standout experiences you can have in Havana is learning how authentic Cuban cigars are made. The island’s best tobacco is taken to these world-famous factories and turned into the different shapes and aromas of the cigar brands Cohíba, Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta, to name a few.

Finca Vigía, Havana - Cuba
Finca Vigía

The place where Ernest Hemingway was laid to rest in Cuba has a great collection of the US writer’s objects.

Floridita, Havana - Cuba

This charming bar in Old Havana was immortalised by the US writer Ernest Hemingway, who used to go there to drink one of the most exquisite and refreshing cocktails they prepare: Daiquiri. Since then Floridita has become known as the home of the Daiquiri.

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, Havana - Cuba
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

The largest fortification in Havana has a rich history and today it’s the home of major events such as the International Book Fair and the Havana Biennial of Plastic Art. The famous cannon fire at nine at night takes place on its walls.

Fusterlandia, Havana - Cuba

This community project led by the Cuban artist José Fúster has transformed the life and ambience of Jaimanitas, a coastal district in the outskirts of Havana. Houses and public spaces full of colour deliver an unusual experience in this city.

Gran Teatro de La Habana, Havana - Cuba
Gran Teatro de La Habana

The city’s former Catalan Centre is one of the best examples of Havana architecture. This is the official home of the National Ballet of Cuba, which gives performances throughout the year.

Heladería Coppelia, Havana - Cuba
Heladería Coppelia

Havana’s ice cream parlour is one of the capital’s must-visit places. Here locals and residents come together in a setting that is another reference of modern Cuban culture on one of the city’s busiest streets.

Isla del Coco Amusement Park, Havana - Cuba
Isla del Coco Amusement Park

Isla del Coco theme park opened in 2008 in the Miramar district in the western part of Havana, where the popular Coney Island amusement park used to be. As it is one of the most popular places in the capital, it has been visited by several generations of Cubans who enjoy having fun on the rollercoaster and other rides. The park also benefits from a pleasant sea breeze since it is close to the coast.

La Catedral, Havana - Cuba
La Catedral

Havana Cathedral is one of the most important examples of colonial architecture in the Caribbean and Latin America. Its unique style blending together European heritage and Creole influences has turned it into a highly prized building that has been visited by dignitaries of the Catholic Church.

La Habana Vieja, Havana - Cuba
La Habana Vieja

The city’s earliest part is a special place where the colonial architecture and layout are preserved. Nestled next to a beautiful bay, it’s known for its welcoming squares, promenades along the sea, restaurants serving typical Creole dishes, busy bars and cafés playing traditional Cuban music as well as museums, art galleries and shops selling local craftwork.

Museo de la Revolución, Havana - Cuba
Museo de la Revolución

The former Presidential Palace is one of the colonial city’s major museums. It has a valuable collection of items and testimonies linked to the birth and development of the Cuban Revolution in the mid-20th century.

Museo del Ron, Havana - Cuba
Museo del Ron

This unusual museum next to Havana Bay will explain the long historical and cultural process that led to the making of the most famous Cuban rums. Ranging from the work performed by slaves in the mill to produce cane sugar in the 19th century to the most contemporary blending and ageing processes, the route is full of authentically Cuban aromas and flavours.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana - Cuba
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Two imposing buildings, one dedicated to universal art and the other exclusively to Cuban art, form the National Museum of Fine Art, which brings together notable international collections and the best visual arts in Cuba.

Parque Central, Havana - Cuba
Parque Central

This popular park is the city’s hub. The starting point of the Paseo del Prado avenue, it is surrounded by important buildings, such as the Gran Teatro de La Habana, the National Museum of Fine Art, iconic hotels and boulevards, such as the streets Obispo and San Rafael.

Paseo del Prado, Havana - Cuba
Paseo del Prado

The most elegant of Havana’s avenues stretches from Central Park to the bay entrance. Altered over the years, it now has granite paving, marble benches and is guarded by legendary lion sculptures.

Playa Varadero, Havana - Cuba
Playa Varadero

Classified by TripAdvisor as one the five best beaches in the world, Varadero is a natural paradise thanks to its calm waters, excellent climate and endless strip of white sand.

Playas del Este, Havana - Cuba
Playas del Este

Eastwards, less than half an hour from the city centre, through the bay tunnel, lie several beaches of fine sand, stretching for 9 km: Bacuranao, El Mégano, Santa María del Mar, Boca Ciega and Guanabo. Tourist accommodation and facilities of various types are dotted along the coast.

Plaza de la Revolución, Havana - Cuba
Plaza de la Revolución

One of the most significant places in the history of Cuba in the past 60 years is the Plaza de la Revolución square in Havana. This place for gatherings, parades and marches has been the setting for the most momentous speeches made by the island’s political leaders as well as major concerts, cultural and sport events. The José Martí Memorial and the magnificent view from the highest vista point in the city are some of its other attractions.

Puerto de La Habana, Havana - Cuba
Puerto de La Habana

The city’s port is one of the areas most steeped in history. A wealthy trade emporium during the colonial era, the target of corsairs and pirates and invaded by English troops, its waters, quays and walls hold legends that locals and visitors are eager to discover.

Sloppy Joe's, Havana - Cuba
Sloppy Joe's

One of the most famous of the many popular bars that Havana was known for in the 1950s. Its elegant wooden counter and music turned it into the favourite hangout of prominent musicians and cultural figures.

Talleres y galerías de arte, Havana - Cuba
Talleres y galerías de arte

Old Havana is brimming with galleries and the workshops of well-known artists and the promising young talent of Cuban art. The Experimental Graphics Workshop, the Servando Cabrera Silk-Screen Printing Workshop, the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre, the Visual Art Development Centre and the Carmen Montilla Gallery provide a rich canvas of visual arts in Cuba.

The National Aquarium of Cuba, Havana - Cuba
The National Aquarium of Cuba

The aquarium, just a short distance from the hotel in the Miramar district, focuses on research and environmental education. The exhibits include coral, tropical fish and a popular dolphinarium well-known for its sea lion and dolphin shows.

Viñales, Havana - Cuba

One of the most popular natural destinations in Cuba, Viñales captivates visitors with its beauty and peace and quiet.

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