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Tourist Options in the Cuban Capital

The Cuban capital, the main tourist destination in the Caribbean Island, offers a wide range of options to meet the needs of the most demanding vacationers looking for excellent vacations.

The five-century-old village of San Cristóbal de La Habana is one of the most faithful exponents of Spanish colonial architecture in Cuba and its prominence dates back to the late 16th century.

Called at the time the Fortified City of the West Indies and the Key to the New World, Havana is at present a living museum showing a wide range of architectural styles, as a result of the different stages of the development of the city.

Its fortification system, with the emblematic Castle of the Three Kings of Morro, includes nine large fortresses, which – according to experts – make up the most outstanding defense complex in the Spanish-speaking Americas.

Nearly 140 buildings in Old Havana were built in the 16th and 17th centuries; another 200 were constructed in the 18th century and more than 460 in the 19th century. They create a very attractive combination of architectural styles.

Havana's historic heart, declared Humankind's Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), holds most of the city's museums, churches, cultural centers and buildings from the Spanish colonial period.

Castle of Los Tres Reyes del Morro
Castle of the Royal Force
Fountain at Plaza Vieja (Old Havana)

Those who like to venture into the winding streets and alleys of Old Havana can stay in a network of small hotels where time seems to have stopped centuries ago and where they can enjoy all amenities of modern tourism.

The nucleus of the Cuban capital exhibits a true collection of castles, fortresses and buildings with high cultural values, which were built around a system of squares, monasteries and temples.

Those open spaces, including the Arms Square, the Cathedral Square, the so-called Old Square and the Saint Francis Square, marked the design of the so-called inner city.

The Arms Square is considered the old city's heart, since the expansion of the then Village of San Cristóbal de La Habana started there.

It is located in the area where the first mass was held, under a big ceiba tree and very close to the coast, on November 16, when the first steps in the development of the current Cuban capital were taken.

Precisely, in front of that tree, replanted by several generations of Havana dwellers, the first square of the village was built. It was named Arms Square in 1584, because it was the place where military exercises were carried out.

El Templete, a small neoclassic construction by the square, was inaugurated in 1828. The building's inner walls show three mural paintings made by French painter Jean Baptiste Vermay.

However, the most outstanding building around the square is the Palace of the Captain Generals, which was constructed between 1776 and 1781 and is considered the most beautiful building from the Spanish colonial period in Cuba.

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ATTRACTIONS
“9 de Abril” Gun Smith's Museum
Museums

Calle Mercaderes No. 157 e/ Lamparilla y Obrapía

La Habana
“Simón Bolívar” House
Museums

Calle Mercaderes No. 156 e/ Obrapía y Lamparilla

La Habana
Alameda de Paula Promenade
Places of Interest

Alameda de Paula

La Habana
Alejo Carpentier Foundation
Institutions

Calle Empedrado No. 215

La Habana
Anfiteatro de La Habana
Theaters

Ave. del Puerto y Peña Pobre

La Habana
Aquarium of Old Havana
Places of Interest

Calle Teniente Rey No. 9 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes

La Habana
Arabian House
Museums

Calle Oficios No. 16 e/ Obispo y Obrapía

La Habana
Artistic Ceramic Museum
Museums

Calle Mercaderes No. 15 e/ Amargura y Lamparilla

La Habana
Asian House
Museums

Calle Mercaderes No. 111 e/ Obispo y Obrapía

La Habana
Asturian Center
Museums

Calle O´Reilly e/ Zulueta y Monserrate

La Habana
Bacardi Building
Places of Interest

Calle Monserrate y San Juan de Dios

La Habana
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Places of Interest

Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca

La Habana
Car Museum
Museums

Calle Oficios No. 12 y Callejón de Jústiz

La Habana
Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Monument
Monuments

Plaza de Armas

La Habana
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro)
Places of Interest

Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

La Habana
Cathedral of Havana
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Empedrado No. 158 e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio

La Habana
Cathedral Square
Places of Interest

Calle Empedrado y San Ignacio

La Habana
Center for Contemporary Arts “Wilfredo Lam”
Institutions

Calle San Ignacio No. 22 esq. a Empedrado

La Habana
Central Park
Parks

Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Centro Cultural "Pablo de la Torriente Brau"
Institutions

Calle Muralla No. 63 e/ Oficios e Inquisidor

La Habana
Centro Gallego-Great Theater of Havana
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado e/ San Rafael y San José

La Habana
Church of the Holy Ghost
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Cuba e/ Acosta y Jesús María

La Habana
De la Real Fuerza Castle
Places of Interest

Calle O´Reilly No. 2 e/ Ave. del Puerto y Tacón

La Habana
El Templete
Places of Interest

Calle Baratillo e/ O´Reilly y Enna, Plaza de Armas

La Habana
Fernando VII Monument
Monuments

Calle O´Reilly, Plaza de Armas

La Habana
Firemen’s House
Museums

Calle Mercaderes No. 162 esq. a Lamparilla

La Habana
Forma Gallery
Art Galleries

Calle Obispo No. 255 e/ Cuba y Aguiar

La Habana
Francisco Albear Park
Parks

Calle Monserrate e/ Obispo y O´Reilly

La Habana
Fraternity Park
Parks

Calle Monte

La Habana
Generals of the Army Palace
Places of Interest

Calle Tacón e/ Obispo y O´Reilly

La Habana
Granma Memorial
Museums

Calle Refugio No. 1 e/ Monserrate y Zulueta

La Habana
Guayasamin Foundation House
Art Galleries

Calle Obrapía No. 112 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes

La Habana
Havana Customs House
Places of Interest

Calle San Pedro

La Habana
Historical Museum of Sciences “Carlos J. Finlay”
Museums

Calle Cuba No. 460 e/ Amargura y Teniente Rey

La Habana
Historical-Military Park Morro-Cabaña
Places of Interest

Carretera de La Cabaña

La Habana
Horacio Ruíz Gallery
Art Galleries

Calle Tacón No. 4 / O`Reilly y Empedrado

La Habana
House of Africa
Museums

Calle Obrapía No. 157 e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio

La Habana
House of Alejandro de Humboldt
Museums

Calle Oficios No. 254 esq. a Muralla

La Habana
House of Benito Juarez: Distinguished personality of Las Americas
Museums

Calle Obrapía No. 116 esq. a Mercaderes

La Habana
House of Carmen Montilla
Art Galleries

Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Teniente Rey

La Habana
House of La Obra Pía
Museums

Calle Obrapía No. 158 esq. a Mercaderes

La Habana
House of Poetry
Institutions

Calle Muralla e/ Oficios e Inquisidor

La Habana
House of Silver Work
Museums

Calle Obispo No. 113 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes

La Habana
Iglesia del Santo Angel Custodio
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Compostela No. 2 e/ Chacón y Cuarteles

La Habana
Indian Fountain
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado y Dragones

La Habana
Instituto Cubano del Libro
Institutions

Calle O´Reilly No. 4 esq. a Tacón

La Habana
José Martí’s House
Museums

Calle Leonor Pérez (Paula) No. 314 e/ Picota y Egido

La Habana
La Acacia Gallery
Art Galleries

Calle San José No. 114 e/ Industria y Consulado

La Habana
La Casona Gallery
Art Galleries

Calle Muralla No. 107 esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
La Merced Church
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Cuba No. 806 esq. a Merced

La Habana
Lions Fountain
Places of Interest

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís

La Habana
Monument to Santo Domingo Convent (Royal and Pontifical University of San Geronimo of Havana)
Monuments

Calle Obispo esq. a Mercaderes

La Habana
Museo de las Finanzas
Museums

Calle Obispo No. 26 esq. a Cuba

La Habana
Museo de los Orishas
Museums

Paseo del Prado No. 615 e/ Monte y Dragones

La Habana
Museo del Naipe
Museums

Calle Muralla No. 101 esq. a Inquisidor

La Habana
Museum of Archaeology
Museums

Calle Tacón No. 12 e/ O´Reilly y Empedrado

La Habana
Museum of Cigar
Museums

Calle Mercaderes No. 120 e/ Obispo y Obrapía

La Habana
Museum of Colonial Art
Museums

Calle San Ignacio No. 61 e/ Empedrado y O´Reilly, Plaza de la Catedral

La Habana
Museum of Religious Art
Museums

Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca

La Habana
Museum of Rum
Museums

Calle San Pedro No. 262 e/ Sol y Muralla

La Habana
Museum of the City
Museums

Calle Tacón No. 1 e/ Obispo y O´Reilly

La Habana
Museum of the Revolution
Museums

Calle Refugio No. 1 e/ Monserrate y Zulueta

La Habana
National Capitol Hill
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado e/ Dragones y San José

La Habana
National Center for Preservation, Restoration and Museology (CENCREM)
Institutions

Calle Cuba No. 610 e/ Sol y Luz

La Habana
National Museum of Fine Arts
Museums

Calle Trocadero e/ Zulueta y Monserrate

La Habana
National Museum of Music
Museums

Calle Capdevila No. 1 e/ Aguiar y Habana

La Habana
National Museum of Natural History
Museums

Calle Obispo No. 61 esq. a Oficios

La Habana
Neptune Fountain
Places of Interest

Avenida del Puerto

La Habana
Numismatic Museum
Museums

Calle Obispo No. 310 e/ Aguiar y Habana

La Habana
Old Havana and its Colonial Fortress System
World Heritage Sites

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
Old San Francisco de Sales’ School
Places of Interest

Calle Oficios No. 6 esq. a Obispo

La Habana
Old Villa of San Cristobal of Havana
Urban Historic Centers

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
Plaza de Armas (Parade Ground)
Parks

Calles Tacón, Obispo, Baratillo y O`Reilly

La Habana
Plaza Vieja (Old Square)
Parks

Calles San Ignacio, Teniente Rey, Mercaderes y Muralla

La Habana
Prado Promenade
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Real Fábrica de Tabacos "La Corona"
Places of Interest

Calle Zulueta No. 106 e/ Refugio y Colón

La Habana
Remains of the Wall of Havana
Places of Interest

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
Roberto Diago Gallery
Art Galleries

Calle Muralla No. 107 esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
San Agustín Church
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Cuba esq. a Amargura

La Habana
San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary
Places of Interest

Calle San Ignacio No. 5 e/ Empedrado y Tacón

La Habana
San Carlos de la Cabaña Fort
Places of Interest

Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

La Habana
San Francisco de Paula Church
Places of Interest

Calle Paula No. 9 esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
San Francisco Square
Parks

Calles Oficios, Amargura y San Pedro

La Habana
San Salvador de la Punta Castle
Places of Interest

Ave. del Puerto y Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje Church
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Villegas e/ Lamparilla y Teniente Rey

La Habana
Segundo Cabo Palace
Places of Interest

Calle O´Reilly No. 4 esq. a Tacón

La Habana
Taquechel Pharmacy Museum
Museums

Calle Obispo No. 155 e/ San Ignacio y Mercaderes

La Habana
Terminal de Cruceros
Places of Interest

Ave. San Pedro

La Habana
The Christ of Havana
Places of Interest

Bahía de La Habana

La Habana
The Great Statue of the Republic
Places of Interest

Capitolio de La Habana, Paseo del Prado y Teniente Rey

La Habana
The Traditional Malecon of the City of Havana
Places of Interest

Ave. Antonio Maceo

La Habana
Victor Manuel Gallery
Art Galleries

Calle San Ignacio No. 56, Plaza de la Catedral

La Habana
ACCOMMODATION All services
Ambos Mundos
City

Calle Obispo No. 153 esq. a Mercaderes

La Habana
Armadores de Santander
City

Calle Luz No. 4 esq. a San Pedro

La Habana
Beltrán de Santa Cruz
City

Calle San Ignacio No. 411 e/ Muralla y Sol

La Habana
Conde de Villanueva
City

Calle Mercaderes No. 202 e/ Lamparilla y Amargura

La Habana
El Comendador
City

Calle Obrapía No. 55 esq. a Baratillo

La Habana
El Mesón de la Flota
City

Calle Mercaderes e/ Amargura y Teniente Rey

La Habana
Florida
City

Calle Obispo esq. a Cuba

La Habana
Iberostar Parque Central
City

Calle Neptuno e/ Paseo del Prado y Zulueta

La Habana
Inglaterra
City

Paseo del Prado No. 416 e/ San Rafael y San Miguel

La Habana
Los Frailes
City

Calle Teniente Rey No. 8 e/ Mercaderes y Oficios

La Habana
Mercure Sevilla
City

Calle Trocadero No. 55 e/ Prado y Zulueta

La Habana
Palacio O´Farrill
City

Calle Cuba No. 102-108 esq. a Chacón

La Habana
Palacio San Miguel
City

Calle Cuba No. 52 esq. a Peña Pobre

La Habana
Park View
City

Calle Colón esq. a Morro

La Habana
Plaza
City

Calle Ignacio Agramonte No. 267

La Habana
Raquel
City

Calle Amargura esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
Santa Isabel
City

Calle Baratillo No. 9 e/ Obispo y Narciso López

La Habana
Saratoga
City

Paseo del Prado No. 603 esquina a Dragones

La Habana
Tejadillo
City

Calle Tejadillo No. 12 esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
Telégrafo
City

Paseo del Prado No. 408 esq. a Neptuno

La Habana
WHERE TO DINE All services
A Prado y Neptuno
Italian cuisine

Paseo del Prado esq. a Neptuno

La Habana
Al Medina
Arab cuisine

Calle Oficios No. 12 e/ Obispo y Obrapía

La Habana
Bar Cabaña
White meat

Calle Cuba No. 12

La Habana
Bodegón "Onda"
Spanish cuisine

Hotel El Comendador

La Habana
Café del Oriente
International cuisine

Calle Oficios esq. a Amargura

La Habana
Café Taberna "Benny Moré"
International cuisine

Calle Mercaderes esq. a Teniente Rey

La Habana
Castillo de Farnés
Spanish cuisine

Calle Monserrate No. 361 esq. a Obrapía

La Habana
El Baturro
Spanish cuisine

Calle Egido No. 661 e/ Jesús María y Merced

La Habana
El Floridita
Fish and seafood

Calle Obispo No. 557 esq. a Moserrate

La Habana
El Mercurio
Diet-Vegetarian Cuisine

Lonja del Comercio, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís

La Habana
El Mesón de la Flota
Spanish cuisine

Calle Mercaderes No. 257 e/ Teniente Rey y Amargura

La Habana
El Naranjal
Ice Creams

Calle Obispo esq. a Cuba

La Habana
Gentiluomo
Italian cuisine

Calle Obispo esq. a Bernaza

La Habana
Hanoi
Cuban cuisine

Calle Teniente Rey No. 507 esq. a Bernaza

La Habana
La Azucena China
Asian cuisine

Calle Cienfuegos esq. a Monte

La Habana
La Bodeguita del Medio
Cuban cuisine

Calle Empedrado No. 206 e/ San Ignacio y Cuba

La Habana
La Dominica
Italian cuisine

Calle O´Reilly No. 108 esquina a Mercaderes

La Habana
La Marina
International cuisine

Calle Teniente Rey esq. a Oficios

La Habana
La Mina
Cuban cuisine

Calle Obispo No. 106 esq. a Oficios

La Habana
La Torre de Marfil
Asian cuisine

Calle Mercaderes e/ Obispo y Obrapía

La Habana
La Zaragozana
Spanish cuisine

Calle Monserrate No. 352

La Habana
Las Palmeras de Tallapiedra
Cuban cuisine

Calle Tallapiedra e/ Alambique y Diaria

La Habana
Los Marinos
Fish and seafood

Ave. del Puerto e/ Justiz y Obrapía

La Habana
Puerto de Sagua
Fish and seafood

Calle Egido No. 603 esq. a Acosta

La Habana
Santo Angel
International cuisine

Calle Teniente Rey esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
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