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Havana

City Guide

Cuba’s exhilarating capital, this vivacious city is bursting with soul, history and a culture like nowhere else. Musicians erupt on the streets, dilapidated buildings ooze with old world charm, and locals and visitors catch rides in the coolest cars on earth. As your gateway to Cuba, Havana hits you in the face as soon as you arrive and leaves an impression that lasts forever. Viva la Habana!

What to do in Havana

  • Fusterlandia
    An arty paradise, the neighbourhood of Jaimanitas is covered in a rainbow of street art from local artist José Fuster. Imagine the Insta potential.
  • Museo de la Revolución
    Located in Old Havana, this museum's interior was decorated by Tiffany's of New York, and is well worth a visit. Chronocling the events surrounding the Cuban revolution, it's an interesting look into the history of Cuba.
  • Malecón
    An esplanade stretching along the coast of Havana, where colourful vintage cars cruise the roads, intriguing and quirky buildings line the streets, and all the locals come to gather.
  • Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón
    Although cemetery's are not usually deemed as a sightseeing spot, this one makes the list due to it's impressive and elaborate statues, and home to the graves of revolutionaries, artists and other famous Cubans. 
  • Catedral de la Habana
    In the centre of Old Havana lies this stunning baroque Cathedral, designed by an Italian architect. Climb to the top of one of the towers for a view of the surrounding neighbourhood.
  • El Capitolio
    The National Capitol Building was formally used by the Government until the Cuban Revolution. The grand building is now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences, and if you venture inside you'll see intricate detailing and designs. 

Havana Neighbourhood Guide

Cayo Hueso
A working-class neighbourhood that's popular with tourists, Cayo Hueso is located in central Havana, and is a great place to experience authentic Cuban culture. Head to Callejon de Hamel to see colourful murals painted on the buildings by Salvador Gonzalez, live cuban musicians, and watch rumba dancers gather at noon on Sunday's. 

 

La Rampa
The heart of the city centre - La Rampa is heavily populated with students, moviegoers and people who are desperate for an icecream at the infamous 'Coppelia'. The street is on a hill from the Malecon up to Calle L and is littered with restaurants, clubs, bars and the Yara Cinema (a Cuban landmark, built in 1955). 

 

Prado
This neighbourhood is the freshest face of Old Havana, and is great for a stroll down Paseo de Marti - the buildings here date back to the first half of the 20th century, which gives this neighbourhood a hint of old-world charm. Be sure to visit the Capitol Building, Parque Central and the Bacardi Building, and then take a seat along the promenade and watch the artists, skateboarders and craft sellers do their thing.

 

Plaza Vieja
With a mixture between grand and beautiful buildings like Havana's Cathedral and the City Museum, through to winding laneways lined with neoclassical buildings, this is the original city centre in Old Havana. Take your eyes away from the buildings and you'll see street performers, local artists, theaters and enchanting galleries. Stay into the evening to soak up the buzzing atmosphere in the many bars and cafes.

 

Flights to Havana

With direct flights available from London and other European cities and Havana, the journey across the Atlantic is hassle free. Havana also connects to other destination is Latin America and Canada and so is a great place to stop off as part of a Round the World Trip. Search for flights to Cuba now or contact one of our Travel Experts for more information.
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Things to do in Havana

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Learn Spanish in Havana
• Learn Spanish in Havana and be prepared to fall in love with Cuba
• Choose from a standard course (20 lessons per week) or an intensive course (25 lessons per week) for 1 -4 weeks
• Your accommodation will be a homestay, plus add on Salsa dancing lessons too fr £35
1-4 weeks from £320
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Havana & Trinidad Experience
• Enjoy a homestay in Havana and a guided Local Havana walking tour to learn about culture and lifestyle
• Head to colonial and colourful Trinidad
• Cycle, Sail & Snorkel tour is included plus a one-hour salsa lesson
6 days from £474
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Viñales Escape
• Get a taste of local Cuban culture on this awesome homestay in the beautiful tobacco growing region of Vinales
• Opt for a finca walk or horse ride around the area
• Discover the Prehistoric Wall Painting and also head to Cueva del Indio for a boat ride
3 days from £210
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Hotels in Havana

Casas Particulares
Live it local at Casas Particulares
• Live like a local and experience the real day-to-day Cuba
• Since the 1990's, the Cuban government has allowed residents to rent affordable rooms in their houses to travellers
• Standard of a medium-class hotel with air con, laundry service and a terrace or garden
From £26pppn
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Havana Welcome Package
• Take the hassle out of arriving in Cuba and spend two nights in vibrant Havana
• Take a guided tour of the Old Town and cycle through the modern district
• Includes 2 nights hotel (choose from 2*-4* options), arrival airport transfer and tour
3 days from £149
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Inglaterra Havana
• Oozes old-school style and pure Cuban charm
• Sip rum infused cocktails on the terrace before hitting the town so show off your salsa moves
• Rooms have colonial-style décor and most have a city-view balcony
From £139pppn
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Havana's weather

The coldest month of the year in Havana is usually January, which has an average temperature of 21°c (lucky Havana!) and the hottest is usually June, at 27°c (but this is also the wettest month). With a 'cold' temp of 21°c, we reckon you could visit any time of the year. September and October are known to have the highest number of hurricanes, so try to avoid visiting then if you can.
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Rio is well known for street crime, but as long as you keep your wits about you, you'll have a great time exploring - it's unsuspecting tourists that are targeted (so don't be one of those!). Some of our top tips would be to take licensed taxis as often as possible, stick to well lit streets, don't walk around after dark, keep your belongings close to you (on your front), don't walk around on your own, leave most of your valuables in your hostel/hotel in a safe (we know you'll want your camera with you - but try to lock everything else up), and visit favelas (slums) on a tour. It's all about being street smart, and not drawing attention to yourself by wearing fancy jewellery or clothes. 

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