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LA HAVANA , Cuba

T the Cuban Capital is, without a doubt, the tourism destination of excellence of the largest of the West Indies. Within the city, its historic center (considered by UNESCO World Heritage in 1982) is an obliged reference destination for all visitors who come to this city. For centuries, this city has been considered the key to the Gulf (of México). The foundation of the city, in its final place next to the entrance channel of a well protected bay, dates far back to November of 1519. The settlement of San Cristóbal de La Havana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World.

 

Casa Albertina

Budget Accommodation
in Vedado, Havana

Hotel Nacional

Recomended Hotel
in Havana

This was one of the main historic reasons for the subsequent development of a city noted for its architectural diversity and whose nucleus-which still contains an exceptional collection of buildings put up around public squares, both large and small-and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982.
Over eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital, which is symbolized by the Giraldilla. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere. The city itself is a cultural center with a solid infrastructure of hotels and is prepared to host all kinds of conferences and congresses

La Villa de San Cristóbal de la Havana, became with the course of time the meeting place for the Spanish fleets in charge of transporting to the Metropolis all the wealth extracted from their domains in the so called New World.
It also became the center of trade and communications between the region and the Old Continent. Similar advantages, essentially derived from its strategic geographic position, also influenced directly the future development of this prosperous villa, which started to grow under the protection of a unique defensive system in the Hispanic America and surrounded by a wall whose construction (started from the second half of the XVII century and finished more than 100 years later) was considered ineffective and expensive from the very beginning.
Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

The Parade Square is located just a few steps away, around which we can see the important Castillo de la Real Fuerza (1577) -which exhibits today the most important artistic pottery collection in the island, holding on its tower La Giraldilla, an artistic wind vane that has become a symbol of the city- The General Captains' Palace (Museum of the City) and El Segundo Cabo.

Castle of the Real Force, Havana Cuba
The settlement of San Cristóbal de La Havana, which was founded in the southwestern part of the island in 1514, was moved to the northern coast of the port of Carenas in 1519.

Every November 16, the anniversary of its founding is observed with a picturesque traditional ceremony at the Templete, around an ancient silk-cotton tree in whose shade-according to the oral tradition-the first meeting of the town council and the first Mass were held.

Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area-it is where 20 percent of the Cuban people live. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristóbal de La Havana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

Tops destinations in Havana, Cuba are:

Theater Amadeo Roldan, Havana Cuba

Vedado: The Malecón Seawall Drive, which hugs the coast for nearly seven and a half miles (12 kilometers)in downtown Havana, linking the traditional center of the city with busy Vedado, from whose heart, the Rampa, it’s easy to reach other places of interest, such as the University of Havana; Revolution Square; the José Martí Monument and Colón Cemetery, whose many artistic values make it one of the most important cemeteries in the world.
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Old Havana: Declared a part of world heritage in 1982, Old Havana contains one of the most eclectic architectural groupings in the New World—in which the Mudejar, Gothic, baroque and neoclassical are represented. The Cathedral and the mansions built near it are in the colonial style, as are the homes which front on Old Square and Arms Square, the Real Fuerza Castle and the San Salvador de la Punta Castle.
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Corner of the Great_Theater of the Havana ,  Cuba
 
 

East Havana, Santa Maria, Cuba

East Havana: is called the portion of havana located just besides the havana Tunnel, there you will find Statues, Castles and Fortress also a few minutes drive from the center of Havana City, Santa Maria del Mar have pure air and clear water that are popular with both foreign visitors and Cubans who want to relax on white sandy beaches. a couple of kilometers eastern there is Guanabo beach and Playas de Brisas del Mar. East Havana is a place you cannot miss.
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Miramar: To the west of the city be placed the residential area of Miramar, which is also where most of the foreign companies that do business with Cuba have their main offices. Here, too, you can see a scale model of the city, the International Conference Center, the Pabexpo fairgrounds and the exclusive Club Havana are other popular spots in this part of town. This is the most luxurious part of the city, this area is quiet and many restaurants and bars are here as well as many hotels.
Church on 5th Avenue , Miramar. Havana Cuba
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Marina Hemingway : Close to the center of Havana and a port of call for many vessels in the area, the Hemingway Marina is famed for its excellent conditions and services and for the beauty of its setting. Bathed by the Gulf of Mexico, it offers a safe harbor to sailors and tourists seeking a haven during heavy weather in the Antilles. This place has become a safe haven for professional seamen and tourists looking for a refuge where to sail in the Antilles.
 
 
San Antonio de los Baños: is less than 14 miles (22 kilometers) from the capital, near to the Ariguanabo River, surrounded by woods rich in forest galleries and lush local flora y fauna, offer you the special peace of its natural setting. If you like hiking, the zone trails will prove a pleasant test of your abilities. It goes a mile and a quarter (2 kilometers) from the Hotel Las Yagrumas to Corderos Cave, taking you through areas where you can observe Mockingbirds, Emerald Hummingbirds and royal palm trees. End your hike with a refreshing dip in the Ariguanabo River.
 
 

Jibacoa : Located on Arroyo Bermejo Beach, on the country’s north coast, Jibacoa is 70 km away from the Havana. It is very near from one of the largest Havana Club Rum factories in Cuba and the Hershey sugar mill factory. Nestled in a beautifull bay with lush green hills protecting the invitingly white sandy beaches, Jibacoa is a haven for anyone looking for a relaxed holiday. Few kilometers eastern visitor will find the Bacunayagua Bridge which is the highest in cuba and there is a nice bar where are specialized in "Piña Colada" cocktails
 

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