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Havana: A Combination for Leisure

Havana, a tourist destination par excellence in Cuba, offers a true combination of options ranging from traditional sun and beach offers to those aimed at certain segments of visitors.

The Cuban capital is a mixture of architectural styles, including Renaissance, neoclassicism, eclecticism, art nouveau and Cuban baroque, in addition to be the core of the country's cultural panorama.

About 30 museums, ten art galleries, 25 theaters and unique institutions like the National Ballet of Cuba and Casa de las Américas certify that position, as they host several international festivals on cinema, dance, plastic arts and literature, among other cultural expressions.

At the same time, those who want to enjoy traditional Cuban rhythms, including son, danzón, bolero and cha cha cha, can visit nightclubs like Habana Café, Pico Blanco, Copa Room, Parisién and the world-famous Tropicana Cabaret, with its Hall under the Stars.

In addition, several cultural events are held in the centuries-old city, where there an increasing number of establishments have created facilities for business tourism, a show of the growing interest by foreign entrepreneurs in trade with Cuba.

International tourism also favors from the services provided by renowned medical institutions to improve the visitors' quality of life by combining new treatments and several kilometers of excellent beaches in eastern Havana.

Santa María del Mar Beach.
Jibacoa Beach.

The Cuban capital also holds one-of-a-kind buildings like the Capitol, which ranks among the world's top six most relevant palaces.

Among the Capitol's treasures is the statue that symbolizes the Republic, which was created by the Italian sculptor Angelo Zanelli and is the world's third largest sculpture indoors.

Another outstanding area is the neighborhood of El Vedado, in downtown Havana, which was named after the prohibitions that existed in the 16th century to build roads in that impenetrable area covered by forests that prevented the access to the village of San Cristobal de La Habana.

The main area in El Vedado is La Rampa, five blocks that hold the world-famous Hotel Nacional, built on a terrace that used to be a strategic military enclave during the Spanish colonial period, and the Habana Libre Hotel.

Centuries ago, the city was also known as the Military Fortress of the West Indies and the Key to the New World. Today, Havana is a Humankind's Heritage Site, as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

A broad infrastructure of hotels and services, with more than 10,000 rooms, back up the tourism sector in Havana, with potentialities for almost all tourist modalities, including business trips, cultural tourism, incentives and meetings.

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