Havana is a city full of history with its ancient churches, old houses and decades’ old cars. A walk along its cobblestone streets will elicit a sense of nostalgia for visitors. Cuba, in general, is slowly opening its doors to tourists who want to experience all that it has to offer.
Whether you’re taking a commercial flight or private jet flights from Fort Lauderdale, here are some places to see and experience during your trip around Havana, Cuba.
The National Capitol Building
Also known as El Capitolio, this beautiful landmark dates all the way back to the 1920s. It will immediately remind you of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. El Capitolio served as the seat of government until the late 1950s. It combines Art Nouveau and Neoclassical aesthetics to give the building a distinct look.
Hop on a Classic Car and Explore the City
One of the relics of the past found in Havana is the classic car. When the Cuban Revolution took place, many Americans and foreigners left, leaving their cars behind. Fast-forward to today, you’ll find many of these roaming the streets. Book a tour and hop on one to explore Havana in style. The driver/guide can take you to the main attractions.
Paseo del Prado
Many would agree that this area is one of the most beautiful in the city. The benches made from marble, trees, bronze statues, terrazzo and the lampposts will transport you to another time. This was where the wealthiest families of Havana lived in; the mansions and hotels will attest to this.
Some historic buildings have been restored to their former glory. Get lost in time while exploring the street and see famous structures such as the Palacio de los Matrimonios and the Hotel Sevilla.
Go through a time warp and explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Havana. The neighborhood is simply charming. Baroque buildings line the streets, and the Neoclassical structures grab your attention and your heart.
Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Catedral de San Cristobal, the imposing fortress of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, visit the Museo de la Ciudad and wander around the Plaza de Armas. Go up the more than 30m high tower for a bird’s eye view of the old city.
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro
El Morro has a history dating back to the 16th century when the government used it as a line of defense against pirates. The fort’s appearance hasn’t changed much over the centuries. It is now a famous tourist destination where they can get overlooking views of the ocean and Havana.
A stroll along the Malecon is an excellent way to end the day. The colors of blue hour to sunset add charm to evocative Havana. The boulevard has well-preserved Art Deco and Moorish-style structures that showcase the old world charm of the city.
It is also a local hang out spot where you’ll see families and groups of friends walk around.
These are some of the things to do and see while experiencing Havana, Cuba. The city has an evocative, old-world charm that will endear you to it.