Havana boasts one of the world’s most interesting cultural heritages. Most activities combine into a single cultural tour. There are so many historical sights and art centres (painting, archaeology, theatre, ballet…) that it is really difficult to decide what to see in Havana. The Capitol Building, the Grand Theatre, the Malecón… A thousand sights of interest for a thousand unforgettable memories.
What to do and what to see in Havana
- Plaza de Armas: One of the most interesting sites in Havana, the Plaza de Armas is home to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the Castillo del Real Fuerte and the Templete. It is the oldest square in the city, dating back to 1519. Some of its buildings are Baroque gems. There are also marble sculptures and the first important fort ever built in Cuba.
- Avenida del Puerto: This elegant avenue runs along the bay, from La Lonja all the way to La Punta. It affords amazing views of the city’s buildings and forts (for instance, La Cabaña), and of the famous sculpture of Christ of Havana.
- Havana City Museum: Housed in a building with a high historical value, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales on Plaza de Armas is one of the largest museums in Havana. It covers the history of the Cuban capital and features a beautiful courtyard and garden.
- Capitol Building: An iconic building in the Cuban capital, raised in 1929, the Capitolio draws inspiration from the US Capitol in Washington. It marks kilometre zero of the Cuban road network. Today, this building houses the Cuban Academy of Sciences, which is open to the public.
- National Museum of Fine Arts: Opened in 1918 in the centre of Havana, the Museum of Fine Arts is housed in two fine buildings, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Palace of the Asturias Centre. The complex also includes a theatre. The permanent collection comprises fine tokens of Cuban and international art – in particular, one of the greatest selections of Latin American artworks.
- Gran Teatro de La Habana: The venue of the Cuban National Ballet, the beautiful Grand Theatre, a few steps away from the Capitol Building and the world-famous the Floridita bar. Located on the west side of the Parque Central, this temple of Cuban performing arts is a Renaissance building with Baroque ornaments seating 1,500 people.
- Malecón: A symbol of the city’s eventful history and passionate character, and a major tourist attraction, the Malecón captures the Cuban essence and modernity, the influence of newcomers and the flavours of local products: rum, music, arts and crafts, sand and sun… Esplanade, roadway and seawall, the Malecón is a unique place in the world.