Holidays to Havana

Havana is a juxtaposition of Santería rituals, beautifully preserved palaces from pre-Castro days, late night cabaret shows, and spacious boulevards for a leisurely stroll. Filled with many differing neighbourhoods, every corner can provide visitors on holidays to Havana with an interesting experience.

The citizens of Havana, self-proclaimed Habaneros, take great delight in their city. This is readily apparent to anyone on holidays in Havana. It is not hard to agree with them, as there is so much to see and do. You can take a leisurely stroll along the Malecón (Av de Maceo) seawall - barefoot as the waves crash over the footpath, or have a drink in the bar of the Hotel Nacional. The glamour of the 1930s, when the hotel was built, is still very much evident in the magnificent architecture and opulent interior.

For cigar lovers, nothing beats a hand-rolled cigar. The illustrious factory Fábrica de Tobacos Partagás is open to the public and tours inside the factory show all the meticulous skill and effort put in to producing the world’s finest Cuban cigars.

For those who revel in history, take a tour of La Habana Vieja (The Old Town) where crumbling edifices stand alongside restored buildings. This is where guests on holidays to Havana can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city from the Camera Obscura. Visitors to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes will discover two buildings that house an art collection that rivals that of any other fine art museum in the world.

Much of Havana’s city recognises the history of the revolution and the Plaza de la Revolución is an enormous square with its world-famous image of Che Guevara on the side of the Ministry of the Interior. There is also a monument to Jose Marti. Others will enjoy the stunning colonial architecture of the Capital Building and the Museum of the Revolution.

Havana is also home to rather unique attractions. The John Lennon Park is a tribute to the late Beatle and the only statue dedicated to a western musician in Cuba. The only known asymmetrical baroque construct in the world is the Catedral de San Cristobal in old Havana. However, baroque edifices surround the Plaza de Armas, constructed in the 1600s and used for military parades and exercises until the 18th century. Today, it is known as Céspedes Park and vendors display rare classical books and antiques. Visitors on holidays to Havana can also view the capok tree under which the city’s first Mass was held in 1519 during the city’s founding.

Havana is a magnificent destination for those who value beautiful beaches, and magnificent architecture. Spanish and African influences blend into a unique identity of their very own and the nightclubs are filled with a vibrant crowd who dance the night away.


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