Havana, the city myth that still knows how to seduce in its own unique way
Today, the fascinating history of cuba's capital awaits you at every turn, on the cobbled streets of Old Havana, in the beautiful Cuban baroque buildings, in the historic fortresses, in the museums, in the legendary restaurants and the large squares.
Havana is a city pulsating with music, dance and passion for life, with residents smiling and hospitable, proud of the cultural richness of their city, outstanding in the Caribbean. Visit Havana and prepare for a long but slow seduction.
Strolling through the streets of cuba's capital is a magical experience. Classic American cars in pastel shades, women smoking huge cigars and the enchanting scent of rum lingering in the air. Perhaps there is no better way to enjoy the city's rich history than with a walk in Old Havana (Habana Vieja). Its heart is the Plaza de la Catedral. This bustling square is home of San Cristobal, the most beautiful church in the city.
Sit on a bench and enjoy the itinerant musicians and street dancers. Wander through the narrow alleys of the old town which is home to some of
the most beautiful colonial buildings in the Caribbean, taste delicious cocktails with the sounds of live music in the dozens of authentic bars and photograph its occult corners. The Plaza de Armas squares, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Revolución and the imposing El Capitolio, are some of the main attractions not to be missed.
Walk along the famous Malecón, the coastal boulevard, glorifying the sunset and the sun disappearing into the sea in a feast of colors. Discover the neighborhoods of Vedado and Miramar, while the sounds of salsa revolve in the streets, sit in an outdoor bar and order the national Cuba libre cocktail, an authentic Mojito or the best Daiquiri in the world. There is no tour in the city of cigars without a visit to the cigar factories of the island to experience firsthand how the famous Cuban cigars are prepared. Dive into the Caribbean waters on the nearby beach Playa s del Este, with its fine sand, coconut trees and turquoise waters, all waiting for you to live your dream!
Food and local cuisine
Choose to try authentic Cuban cuisine in a Paladar. These are literally homemade restaurants, where you will have the opportunity to taste traditional dishes such as: Ropa vieja (beef with peppers, rice and beans in the oven), Ajiaco (stew with pork or chicken and vegetables), Tasaho (dried beef with spices), Congrís (rice with black beans) while Platano is a widespread type of banana served in various ways, like fried (tostones), in the form of chips (chicharritas) or boiled (fufu de Platano). Try also Churros and chips (crispy salty chips), Hamburguesa de Cerdo (traditional hamburgers) and Pan con Minuta (fried sandwich with fish).
Best time to visit Havana
The best time to visit it is between December and March when the temperatures are not very high and it rains less. Then it is the ideal season to enjoy the sun and the beautiful beaches of Cuba.
How to use transportation in Havana
Transfer from/to Havana
Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) is located nine miles southwest of Havana, about 30 minutes by car. You can take a taxi and get to Havana within 20 to 30 minutes or head to terminal 1 to take a bus. Note that you will have to pay in their national currency (pesos). You can also rent a car at the airport.
Public transportation through Havana can be done by car, by taxi, by antique cars used as taxis or even on foot.