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  • A mythical city and a mixture of European and Caribbean cultures, Havana is synonymous with old American cars, the column-propped houses and villas, and a 'step back in time' atmosphere...Havana simply cannot be summed up in one sentence!...
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  • Colonial buildings and ancient cars line the streets of Havana
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Cuba

A mythical city and a mixture of European and Caribbean cultures, Havana is synonymous with old American cars, the column-propped houses and villas, and a 'step back in time' atmosphere...Havana simply cannot be summed up in one sentence!

Havana: what to do?

Wander around in the evenings and enjoy the swing of the salsa music coming from the city's many bars. Live like the locals and take a walk at sunset along the Malecon. Stroll along La Rampa, supposedly 'the Champs Elysées' of Havana.

Take a simple stroll around Havana's streets, especially the areas of the old town Havana Vieja where you will discover all of the city's delights. The buildings, although dilapidated, retain their charm. Also visit the many churches and monasteries.

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Havana: the key figures

Surface area : 42, 803 sq. miles km2

Population : 11, 451, 652 inhabitants

Time difference : -7 hours GMT

  • The charm of the colonial city
  • The hospitality of the locals
  • Excellent service almost everywhere
  • An unparalleled 1930s feel
  • The sweltering heat in the summer
  • The marks left by the embargo

Havana: what to visit?

Coasts

Reminders

Remember to avoid the cyclone season (October - November). Bring along light clothing and lots of sunscreen.

To avoid

Avoid making negative or critical comments about Fidel Castro, or ask their opinion on the political regime; this may make Cubans feel uncomfortable.

Havana: what to eat?

Cuban cuisine is quite simple and not diverse. Chicken and rice are its main staples. It is common for potatoes, fried bananas and yams to be served with the main meal. Make it your mission to taste the local lobster!

Havana: what to buy?

Of course, Cuban rum is excellent, as are the cigars. The local shirts, known as guayabera and straw hats guajiro are also a good buy. As for the music, you will find many recordings by local artists.

Havana Reviewedhotels
  • 8.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Saratoga
    La Havane - Cuba
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Superb hotel, deserves its 5 stars. Built in 2005, it offers ...

  • 8.35 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    NH Parque Central
    La Havane - Cuba
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Located in the heart of the colonial district, the NH Parque ...

  • 8.3 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Melia Cohiba
    La Havane - Cuba
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    This is mainly a hotel for businessmen. However, the Melia Cohiba ...

  • 8.05 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Le Florida
    La Havane - Cuba
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    This very pleasant hotel is ideal for those who wish to visit ...

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