An enchanting concoction of old and new, this culturally unique capital attracts over a million tourists every year and it's not hard to see why.
The largest city in the Caribbean, Havana or (Habana) is a city with a captivating past. A city dotted with 1950's Chevrolets, salsa-strewn streets, magnificent palaces thrown against a backdrop of colourful colonial architecture, lose yourself in this effervescent metropolis trapped in time.
The Havana skyline is awash with crumbling pastel-coloured buldings allures tourists from around the globe every year.
Top things to do in Havana, Cuba
Old Havana Chevy Tour
Take a guided tour with an English-speaking guide around Old Havana, visit San Carlos de la Cabana Fort, a cigar factory home to the largest cigar on the planet, drive past El Malecon and take a picture with the Christ of Havana. What you'll find most fascinating is getting an insider's account of the intriguing history this city offers.
Castillo el Morro is a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay. Built in 1589 in response to raids on Havana harbor, the fort protected the harbour with a chain strung out across the water to the fort at La Punta. Marvel at its sheer size and pirate past. Popular with tourists for the spectacular views it offers, especially at sunset.
You don't have to be a Hemingway fan to enjoy a cocktail at this famous bar, but it is the reason why it's such a crowd-pleaser. Floridita lies at the end of Calle Obispo (Bishop Street), across Monserrate Street from the The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana. It's famous for its vast selection of decadent but over-priced daiquiris and for once being Ernest Hemingway's hangout. You'll even find a bronze statue of the literary genius inside.
Meander through the art-filled cobbled streets bursting with unusual delights, art museums and quaint cafes at Calle Mercaderes. From cigar-puffing vendors to open-air markets, this pedestrian- only street leads to the historic Plaza de Armas, Palacio de los Captions Generales and Plaza de la Catedral .
Useful Spanish phrases:
- Hello - Hola
- Good day - Buenos diás
- Good evening - Buenos tardes
- Good night - Buenos noches
- Goodbye - Adios / Chao
- See you soon - Hasta luego
- How are things? - Que tal?
- Everything OK? - Todos bien?
- Where? - Dónde
- When? - Cuándo?
- Why? - Por qué?
- What? - Qué?
- Who? - Quién?
- How? - Cómo?
- How much/many? - Cuántos / cuánto?
- Is/are there? - Hay?