A visit to Havana, Cuba

A short sightseeing guide to Cuba’s capital, Havana. Here is where to go and what to see during your visit:

Old Havana

Old Havana is located in the city centre and it is where most of the historic buildings are found. This part of town is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it’s the best place to immerse yourself in the spirit of Havana. Go to Plaza Vieja to admire the beautiful pastel coloured buildings or to sit at a little sidewalk cafe.

El Morro Castle Fortress

Constructed in 1772, Morro Castle is another prominent feature of colonial architecture. The fortress guards the entrance to Havana Bay and its position has meant it’s played a major role in nearly every important Cuban military conflict. Now a tourist sight, it’s something you should definitely not miss as a visitor.

Playas del Este

This is a stretch of the coast line of Havana which is host to the numerous beaches of the city. So if you want to dip in the nice ocean water, you’ll have a chance at one of the playas.

Plaza de la Catedral

This is a square, in close proximity to the Cathedral of Havana, which was built in 1727 in the place of a drained swamp. Unique for its eclectic mix of architecture, it makes up for a great visit, in a historical and cultural aspect. The cathedral itself was described as “music set in stone”, it’s an example of colonial Baroque architecture with a certain level of asymmetry.

The Museum Of Fine Arts

Located in close proximity to the Cathedral of Havana, its building is clearly recognizable. It hosts more than 50,000 pieces of art, divided into two major categories – Cuban Art and World Art, which make up for a very fine tourist experience. It was reopened in 2001, after a 5 year closing, which made it even more interesting in response.

While there are clearly more places to visit in Havana, these are the ones that will give you goosebumps of excitement. Don’t miss out on them!

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