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La Giraldilla: An Offer for the Entire Family

La Giraldilla, a weather vane featuring a beautiful woman on top of the Castle of the Royal Force, in Havana's historic heart, is also the name of a tourist complex with offers for the entire family.

The said establishment, which reminds visitors of the city symbol, boasts many attractions to meet the needs of the most demanding clients, in a setting from the 1920s and surrounded by exuberant vegetation that characterizes the largest Antillean Island.

Situated in the Havana neighborhood of La Coronela, La Giraldilla is open for clients of all ages who want to enjoy a refreshing swim in its pool, try its excellent cocktails or taste the secrets of international cuisine, among other options.

The house where La Giraldilla is located was built in 1925 in the then "El Trébol" Farm, conceived by an outstanding architect who had also designed the National Capitol, the Nacional Hotel and the Presidential Palace.

The building, which underwent a painstaking restoration, is a clear example of eclecticism in architecture, with neoclassic elements that are easily spotted once you trespass the house's iron-wrought classic gates that lead to its splendid gardens.

In that environment stands out a three-century-old fountain made of marble from the Italian region of Carrara.

The "Los Naranjos" Restaurant, specialized in dishes from international cuisine, is in the house's typical Andalusian patio, where there is a collection of antique clocks and a permanent gallery exhibiting works by Cuban contemporary artists.

A beautiful stained-glass window portraying a scene from "Don Quixote" introduces visitors to "La Tasca", where they can enjoy Spanish traditions, including wines and bar snacks.

Three halls - Topacio, Acuarela and Esmeralda - treasure secrets from Cuban, French and international cuisine, as well as dishes made of vegetable, in a setting characterized by ceilings decorated by French artists, and furniture and chinaware from the 1920s.

An air-conditioned wine cellar, built four meters underground and kept at an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and a relative humidity of 80 percent, complements the establishment's offers with a stock of over 1,000 bottles of 100 brands from different countries.

La Giraldilla also houses the discotheque "Macumba-Habana", considered by many one of the hottest spots in the Cuban capital, and named after a Yoruba word to define contagious and very colorful dances.

State-of-the-art sound and lighting technologies blend with a cascade and exuberant vegetation, since even the road leading to the discotheque, which can comfortably seat up to 400 people, is flanked by old fruit trees.

Four bars are available to quench the thirst of costumers, in a setting that many call a "multifamily space".

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