Time travelling exists. And it’s in Havana, Cuba.
Finding a nice place to stay at good prices is not the easiest thing to do in Havana. I personally stayed at the Tryp Habana Libre by Meliã, and i loved it. It offers a wide range of rooms with varied prices, and holds an exclusive area at the top floors for a more luxurious experience.
Airbnb is another great option for Havana. Classic but well maintained apartments or houses, as well as beautiful renovated apartments, all with great hosts and service.
Habana Vieja / Old Havana: Walk around the heart of this city and make sure you don’t miss any of these spots:
- El Capitolio
- Gran Teatro de la Habana
- Parque de la Fraternidad
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
- Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis
- Plaza de Armas
- Catedral de la Habana
Classic Car Ride: Hop on this vintage, colourful, well maintained classic cars for a ride either down to the old town, or out of the city. I rode out of town and this allowed me to enjoy the ride along with the scene. TIP: Ask the driver for a quick ride through the Malecón, the view is not bad at all.
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña & El Morro: Take a walk on this magical fortress, preferably late afternoon when the temperature is more amicable and catch the beautiful sunset from el Morro.
Plaza de la Revolución: Either you agree, disagree, like, or dislike the principles behind the Cuban revolution; it is the main piece of Cuban History (the scenery is nice as well). Stand and stare at the impressive Jose Martì Memorial statue, turn back and see the steel memorials of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. Try to go late afternoon as well when the sun is not hitting the plaza directly.
Tropicana Club: Enjoy a stunning tropical show under the stars featuring great dancers, amazing costumes, incredible choreographies and hallucinating scenarios. Make sure you get your tickets with time since good seats can sell out quickly. (Shows are every day Tue-Sat at 9PM).
EAT & DRINK
Hotel Nacional: Catch the sunset falling over the famous Malecón from the hotel’s beautiful terrace. The hotel itself is full of history and offers a nice present as well: great mojitos and beautiful views. If you’re not staying here, you better go and grab a drink, or even eat some great ropa vieja at La Barraca, right by the hotel’s terrace.
La Bodeguita del Medio: Iconic mojitos, iconic music, iconic food, iconic place.
Fábrica de Arte Cubano: This former industrial warehouse is now an impressive local art promoter and a great cocktail hub (a fresh mojito, a fruity daiquiri, or a straight up cuba libre).
La Guarida: Great culinary experience at an authentic building’s rooftop terrace.
Buenavista Social Club: Grab dinner while you listen and even dance to the live music by the all-time famous group, Buenavista Social Club.
Antiguo Almacén de Madera y Tabaco: This old warehouse now holds a local brewery, a nice restaurant and pleasant live music.