Havana is a city you should never skip during in trip to Cuba. It’s vibrant, colorful and music is everywhere. There’s also a lot of history, beautiful colonial buildings and loads of museums. In this article, I’ll take you on a tour and share my favorite 5 things to do in Havana.
Visit Plaza de la Revolución
The Plaza de la Revolución is a huge square just outside of the city center of Havana. In the center of the plaza, you will see a big statue of José Marti (you will see his face all around town). Surrounding the square are a couple of big flats, with the faces of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara en Camilo Cienfuegos. The square is mostly used by the government to talk to the people. Fidel Castro gave a lot of speeches on this square. If you arrive in Havana, the Plaza de la Revolución is probably one of the first things you’ll see, because it’s on the road from the airport to Havana Viejo.
Strolling along the streets of Havana Viejo
Havana Viejo is the place to be in Havana. It’s the oldest part of the city and has beautiful streets, loads of colonial buildings and colorful squares. You can wander around in this neighborhood for hours, there is so much to see. It’s also the best place to look for accommodation, it has great hotels in old buildings and you can walk pretty much everywhere. In this area, you’ll find a lot of restaurants with live music.
Museo de la Revolución
Havana is all about the revolution. One of the best places to learn about the revolution is the Museo de la Revolución. If you only have to visit one museum in Havana, this is definitely on the top of the list of Havana museums, it’s a must-see!
The building itself was part of the revolution in 1957, and you can still see the bullet holes in the marble walls. In the museum, you’ll see a lot of pictures of Che and Fidel and large Cuban flags. You will also find out that Cubans aren’t big fans of the United States. Outside there are huge Cuban rockets next to some scrap metal. And inside you’ll see some political cartoons of former American Presidents. The main attraction of the museum is the yacht Granma, which was used to transport fighters from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1956.
Drink mojito’s at Hotel Inglaterra’s rooftop bar
Hotel Inglaterra is the oldest hotel in Havana and is in a beautiful location, close to the famous Capitol building. It has a rooftop bar, which you can also visit if you’re not a guest at the hotel. On the rooftop, you can enjoy the best Cuban cocktails with a great view and live music. It can get chilly on the rooftop at nights, so make sure to add a sweater to your Cuba packing list.
Take the perfect photo of El Capitolio
El Capitolio is the most iconic building in Havana and was built before the start of the revolution. In front of the building, you’ll always find loads of colorful old-timers. It’s the spot to take a perfect photo of Havana. Unfortunately, El Capitolio was covered in scaffolding, during my visit. So I guess I need to go back to Havana, to take that perfect picture.
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