Beautiful Attractions in Havana
As Cuba’s capital city, Havana has an almost infinite number of places to visit and things to do at night and during the day. In fact, there are so many things to do that it can be difficult to decide. That is why we have compiled a list of the top things to do in Havana. There’s something for everyone, from guided tours of Cuban cigar factories to watching the sunset (and sipping a mojito) on the rooftop of a legendary Havana hotel.
1 Riding in a 1950s Convertible
No trip to Cuba is complete without a ride around Havana in a vintage American car. The Tour Republic sightseeing tour places you right in the heart of Havana as you ride in style alongside our skilled chauffeur. You’ll see colonial fortresses, Spanish-style buildings, famous hotels, and breathtaking ocean views from the back of a vintage convertible. The tour concludes at the famous 1830 Restaurant at the Almendares River’s mouth. A guided tour of the city in the back of a vintage convertible is an iconic way to see Havana!
You’ve heard of Spain’s Park Güell. Fusterlandia is a flashy, colourful park-meets-art installation in Cuba. Fusterlandia, designed by Jose Fuster, also known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean,” is a kaleidoscopic landscape of mosaic roads, alleyways, and bungalows in Havana’s Jamainatas neighbourhood. The designs themselves are snapshots of Cuban culture and history, ranging from scenes of everyday life, such as dancing and dominoes, to historical depictions of key events in the Cuban Revolution.
3 Ernest Hemingway Museum
Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca La Vigia, was located in southern Spain. The house in San Francisco de Paula was converted into the Ernest Hemingway Museum after his death. A Day in Ernest Hemingway’s Life, a Tour Republic tour, will give you a glimpse into the life of this Nobel Prize Winner in Literature. You’ll see Hemingway’s places to visit in Havana with your own personal driver, including his home, the fishing village of Cojimar, the Mirador del Cristo, and, last but not least, Hemingway’s favourite bar, the Floridita.
4 El Malecon
El Malecon is an ocean-side road in Cuba that is as well-known as Fifth Avenue in New York or Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. You can drive or walk the 7-kilometer street, which has the ocean on one side and an interesting collection of neoclassical architecture on the other. When is the best time to go to El Malecon? At sunset, the fading light of the sun turns the buildings in Central Havana a soothing, romantic gold.
5 Cementerio de Colón
Do you enjoy travelling beyond the realms of life and death? Then you’d enjoy a stroll through Havana’s oldest and largest cemetery, Cementerio de Colón. The 140-acre cemetery is home to over 130 years of gothic crypts, tombs, and statues, some of which are occupied by prominent Havana residents. Calixto Arellano de Loira y Cardoso, the cemetery’s designer and architect, was the first resident. It now contains over two million graves and mausoleums, as well as a cathedral modelled after Florence’s famous Duomo.
6 Playas Del Este
Cuba, as the Caribbean’s largest island, has many beautiful beaches to offer. White sand beaches, turquoise waters, and endless sunshine are all accessible. The Playas Del Este are the best beaches to visit while in Havana. They are located 11 miles east of the city, a short distance from the heart of Havana and a good way to get away from the city’s busy hustle and bustle. Bring your swimsuit if you want to swim in the beautiful, clear waters!
7 Fábrica de Tabaco Partagás
You’ve imagined yourself smoking a cigar while in Cuba, but did you know you can also roll your own? Tour Republic offers a Cuban Tobacco And Rum Tour that includes a visit to the Partagas Factory in Central Havana. The factory, which produces over 20,000 cigars per day, is a major player in the Cuban cigar industry. You’ll get to see a unique Cuban tradition: a lector at a podium reading to the cigar workers everything from the news to novels and poetry. We’ll stop by a rum factory after the Partagas Factory to sample hand-crafted Cuban rum.
8 Almacenes de San José
Almacenes de San Jose is a well-known open-air craft market in Havana’s Port. The City Historian’s Office renovated and upgraded an old warehouse to house a thriving market where local artisans sell their wares. You can buy everything from handcrafted leather purses to paintings and pottery. It’s the best place in Havana to find a one-of-a-kind handmade souvenir.
9 Museo de La Revolucion
Cuba has a rich and complex history that stretches from pre-colonial times to the Revolution and all the way up to the present day as the country regains its international standing. If you want to learn more about Cuban history, we recommend taking a Classroom & Fieldtrip session offered by Tour Republic. The tour starts in a classroom where you’ll learn about a topic of your choice, such as Colonial Times, the Republic, or the 1950s pre-Revolutionary period. After learning everything there is to know about Cuban history, you will leave the classroom and visit a historical site to put your newfound knowledge to the test!
10 Plaza de la Revolución
Despite its contentious history, there is no doubt that the Cuban Revolution played a significant role in shaping the Cuba we know and love today. The Plaza de la Revolución is the most iconic location in highlighting the Revolution’s significance. This large municipal square is one of the world’s largest city squares, covering 11 square acres of land. Two large, abstract portraits of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, flank both sides of the square.
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