Havana is Cuba’s capital city. Take the unique opportunity to get to know fascinating local culture while discovering the timeless sights and sounds of nostalgic Havana. Spanish colonial architecture in its 16th-century Old Havana core includes the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a fort and maritime museum. The National Capitol Building is an iconic 1920s landmark. Also in Old Havana is the baroque Catedral de San Cristóbal and Plaza Vieja, whose buildings reflect the city’s vibrant architectural mix. The Malecon is the place where loving couples walk along the colorful boulevard arm in arm. La Habana, a city which makes you want to go back in time to when time seemed slower and the living was easy. La Habana is old cars, cigars, rum, jineteros and La Vida Habanera.
Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado, and the newer suburban districts.
To the north and west a newer section, centred on the uptown area known as Vedado, has become the rival of Old Havana for commercial activity and nightlife.
Old Havana (Habana Vieja)
Old Havana, a UNESCO world heritage site, oozes the charm of days gone by. Elegant Neoclassical and Baroque buildings border cobbled squares and narrow streets, and many have been carefully restored to their former beauty.
The Capitolio marks the beginning of central Havana, a working class neighborhood, where alot of buildings are almost in a total state of collapse. On the other side of the street you will find Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas, one Cuba’s oldest cigar factories. Centro Havana is the place to capture the real life in Cuba’s capital.