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!
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.
Surface area : 42, 803 sq. miles km2
Population : 11, 451, 652 inhabitants
Time difference : -7 hours GMT
Remember to avoid the cyclone season (October - November). Bring along light clothing and lots of sunscreen.
Avoid making negative or critical comments about Fidel Castro, or ask their opinion on the political regime; this may make Cubans feel uncomfortable.
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!
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.
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