There is so much to see and do in Old Havana. Since it was declared a World Heritage site in 1982, much of the city and its Baroque and colonial architecture is slowly being restored to its former glory. This makes for some excellent sightseeing opportunities around every corner.
We thought it would be a nice idea to tell you about the places we love in Old Havana so that you might fall in love with them too.
The Malecón is a five-mile stretch of promenade between the harbour and Vedado. It is basically a sea defence and the thick, long wall is used by the locals as a place to sit and chat with family and friends.
It is pretty in the evening when the street lights twinkle and you can watch the fisherman at work and the young Cuban couples and families taking a stroll.
There are always children playing and people talking and laughing and it’s a good way to watch the Cubans when they are at their most relaxed.
You’ll find the chocolate museum in the heart of Old Havana. It doesn’t cost anything to get in and there’s a wonderful array of old posters and chocolate packages demonstrating the history of chocolate making here.
It’s cool inside and the smell is divine, you can treat yourself to a cup of chocolate and even buy yourself something to take with you. It’s a favourite place for Cubans to meet too, so you can practise your listening skills while you enjoy the delicious taste of the chocolate.
The museum of fine art is located in two magnificent buildings, one modern and one traditional. The modern building houses one of the finest collections of Cuban art and sculpture and the other is dedicated to universal arts.
They both give fascinating insights into the history and culture of Cuba, from the past and into the present.
Buy a combination ticket, which is cheaper and see each collection on a separate day, doing the two together won’t do it justice.
The Plaza Vieja was built during the 16th century and the buildings that surround it were quickly bought up by wealthy residents, who enjoyed the view of the square from their balconies.
It has been the scene of bullfights, fiestas, executions and a bustling market. Nowadays it is the perfect place to sit and have a cool drink and watch the world go by.
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