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Cuba: Five Centuries of History in Havana

Havana, the tourist destination par excellence in Cuba, will turn five centuries next year full of options for the enjoyment of national and foreign holidaymakers.

The city also retains distinctive features such as the famous Paseo del Prado (Prado Promenade) and the well-known Alameda de Paula (Alameda Promenade). The latter was built in the second half of the 18th century, but both places were frequently visited by the inhabitants of the Cuban capital at the time.

According to experts, it is noteworthy that Havana's buildings represent a wide range of architectural styles, ranging from Renaissance to art deco, including Mudejar, Baroque, Neoclassicism, eclecticism, art nouveau and Cuban Baroque.

Of course, Havana stands out in the investment strategy in tourism, even more so when a plan has been activated until 2019 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the city's foundation.

The list of new tourist establishments in Havana include hotels Packard (scheduled for inauguration in 2018), Prado y Malecón (2019), Corona, Metropolitano and Gran Hotel.

The purpose of the celebration plan is to improve the constructive state of houses in the Cuban capital, using all possible alternatives.

El Comendador Hotel. Façade
Night view of Paula Church
Castle of the Royal Force

In addition to this, spaces for recreation and enjoyment for the population are planned, as well as the revitalization of green and ecological areas.

Havana's system of fortresses, with the emblematic Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (Morro Castle), comprised nine large constructions to constitute, according to experts, the most remarkable group of its kind in Hispanic America.

Among these works, Castillo de la Real Fuerza (completed around 1577) opened the way in the continent to Renaissance design in military constructions, with a style that prevailed in Spain during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, which was also called the Elizabethan period.

About 140 of the buildings in Havana's historic heart were constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries, 200 were built in the 18th century and more than 460 are from the 19th century, thus forming a full mix of attractions for the most demanding visitors.

Havana holds several squares, with special highlights for those known as Arms and Cathedral squares, the so-called Old Square and the San Francisco de Asis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Square. The latter border the church and the convent of the same name.

In addition, the Malecón sea drive has an attractive road that runs from the entrance of the Bay of Havana to the east, for about five kilometers to the west, with a capricious design in parallel to the irregular coastline, bathed by the warm waters that surround the Caribbean island.

Together with its beauty and its centuries-old history, Havana's Malecón sea drive is a key piece in the road order of the city, since its six lanes (three in each direction) allow fluid circulation.

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