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What to see in Havana?: The best plans to visit the city

Dilis Salazar
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If you have thought about knowing this authentic colonial city, today I will show you what to see in Havana, the capital of Cuba; a community anchored in time, which stands out for its architecture, and the beauty of the historic center.

To visit it completely, you will need at least 4 days, this will be the estimated time to get to know the most important sites, and the wide cultural offer that the city offers.

What to see and do in Havana?

Surely you plan to travel to Havana, but you still don't know where to start the tour; Don't worry, this travel guide will take you to the most authentic corners of one of the best tourist destinations in Latin America.

Old Havana

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Old Havana

Touring Old Havana is one of the essential visits in the city. It is one of the most emblematic places in the country, which is considered the most important Colonial Center in America and the Caribbean.

The old part of Havana was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Without a doubt, on this tour you will see how the island is anchored to a past, with a colonial atmosphere, which preserves well-preserved buildings..

If you continue the tour, you will find Lamparilla street, this is one of the busiest in Havana, and of course, where the tourist attractions are located.

Visit the famous Cathedral square

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Cathedral Square

The tour should start in the historic center of Havana, where you can find the beautiful cathedral of San Cristóbal. This baroque-style building is a work belonging to the 17th century.

It is considered the most important church on the island, built more than 200 years ago, where you can still see objects from that time. One of its attractions is the image of San Cristóbal, the patron saint of the city.

This cathedral has an uneven façade on its towers, one is narrower than the other. On the corner of the square is the popular El Callejón del Chorro.

Choro Alley

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Jet Alley

The alley of the jet is a street that is on the corner of the cathedral square.

It got its name due to the crisis that the island was experiencing with the supply of drinking water, for which the royal ditch was created, which was nothing more than a system dug into the ground more than 11 kilometers long, and with a point of drainage that falls precisely in the alley.

This is a small street of 30 meters, where over time it has become a corner of the city, full of lights, joy, and a great cultural offer that captivates anyone.

Main Square

The Plaza de Armas, is a building built in 1520, this has been designated as the oldest of the four colonial squares in Havana.

It is one of the most important squares to visit, since what is known as Old Havana was born there, a place that brings together other important monuments such as the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, or the Iglesia Parroquial Mayor.

National Capitol of Cuba

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National Capitol of Cuba

If you still don't know what to see in Havana, then we tell you that the National Capitol of Cuba is one of the most symbolic attractions of the city.

It is very similar to the capitol in Washington DC, in the United States.

It is located throughout the center of Havana. This was built in 1926 during the mandate of Mr. Gerardo Machado; who had the support of the United States.

Millions of US dollars were invested in its construction, and around five thousand workers participated in the work.

Currently, the building is the headquarters of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, and the National Library. Its design has elements made of granite and white limestone, with a 62-meter dome, which has a 25-carat diamond replica.

This building was declared a National Monument in 2010.

Havana Malecon

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Havana Malecon

Another of the best walks around the island is to walk along the Havana boardwalk.

This is an eight kilometer long pass, where you can contemplate the immensity of the sea.

It is one of the quietest places in the area, where you can breathe the calmest air of the city, and you can buy some of the island's souvenirs.

It is a passage that goes from the Bay of Havana to the Torreón de San Lázaro, without a doubt one of the most recreational sites for the inhabitants.

To enjoy Cuban culture to the fullest, you should walk along the boardwalk in the evening, because that is the time when troubadours, philosophers and fishermen gather on the pier, showing the magic and charm of Havana.

And if you visit this area during carnival, then you will enjoy the maximum combination of culture and races; not to mention the tropical sound of the Caribbean, through salsa, and reggaeton.

Museum of the Revolution

Built between 1913 and 1920, the Museum of the Revolution is one of the essential places to see in Havana.

It was designed by architects Rodolfo Maruri, and Paul Belau. At first, the building served as the Presidential Palace; after the revolution, its spaces were converted into a museum.

It was declared a national monument in 2010, and among its exhibits, visitors can see what the Moncada assault was like in 1953, and a story about the life of Ernesto Che Guevara.

Castle of the Three Kings of Morro

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Castle of the Three Kings of Morro

This monument, one of the most beautiful on the island, was built between 1958 and 1630.

Its main objective was to defend the island from invaders and pirates who arrived at the port.

The construction of the castle was ordered by the King of Spain, and was carried out by Juan de Texeda and Batista Antonelli. This has a Renaissance style very typical of the time.

Its design is based on a harmonious concept, which is embellished by the natural setting of its surroundings, with well-kept gardens. In it you can appreciate the history of Havana, and of course, it offers you one of the best panoramic views of the city.

old square

Plaza Vieja is a mandatory destination for tourists, especially for those who want to know all the history of the island. It is the only one in all of Havana that does not have a church, and that is also irregular in shape.

Plaza Vieja was the chosen site for theatrical performances, bullfights, religious processions, carnivals, and public celebrations. Some time later, the square became a municipal market, where the freshest fish in the area are offered.

Middle Winery

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Middle cellar

It is one of the most visited places by tourists, as it has been a meeting place for writers and politicians. Located on the middle street, the place went from being a warehouse to becoming a restaurant.

Inside this place you can find objects and souvenirs, photos and graffiti. It is without a doubt, one of the best places to enjoy a typical Cuban atmosphere, where you can appreciate the gastronomy, and taste a rich liquor.

As you will see, these are just some of the visits you can make in the city of Havana, the capital of Cuba.

It is a tourist area, of great size, which has around it old buildings, and streets with a lot of history, a wide range of hotels, cultural diversity, and the best enjoyment of the “Caribbean son”.