Things to do in Havana
With a rich and fascinating history, Havana''s sightseeing is
centred around its varied architecture, with everything from
museums and churches to colonial forts and elaborate city squares.
With friendly and colourful people juxtaposed by elegantly
dilapidated buildings and occasionally derelict streets, there''s
nothing quite like Havana.
Just breathing in the scents and watching the vintage cars roll
down the streets makes for a great day of sightseeing, but head
into the historic old town, La Habana Vieja, which is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, to explore the magnificent colonial
architecture. Take in the sights and sounds as you stroll down the
Calle Obispo as this pedestrian boulevard takes you through the
streets, past the Parque Central and to some of the more hidden
away gems of the La Habana Vieja. You can get the best view of
Havana from the Camera Obscura, which provides a 360-degree look
from atop the Plaza Vieja.
Havana is special for visitors simply because there are none of
the tacky tourist developments that have overrun other
destinations. That said, you''ll find plenty of places claiming to
be significant to Ernest Hemingway, but few are. You can visit the
Ernest Hemingway Museum on the outskirts of town, set in his old
Visit the cigar factories and rum distilleries to sample some of
these world famous exports, visit the Plaza de la Revolución where
political figures such as Fidel Castro have addressed the crowds
and peruse the Museo de la Revolución - a must for all history
buffs. And after a long day of sightseeing in the city, head to the
nearby beaches, most of which are located no more than 20 minutes
away to soak up some Caribbean sun and sip on a rum cocktail.