Ernest Hemingway's inspiration
Havana holidays will give you the opportunity to explore one of the most vibrant cities in the Caribbean with remarkable architecture, narrow streets and crumbling buildings mixed with energetic Cuban rhythms to salsa the night away.
Havana really is a tail of two cities where old meets new. Old Havana is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the richest sightseeing area. Many of the majestic boulevards, elegant cobblestone plazas, colonial buildings, churches and sixteenth century fortresses have been restored attracting many more visitors on holidays to Havana every year.
Visit the Plaza de la Catedral where you'll also find the towers of Catedral de San Christobal de la Habana. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de la Revolucion are both captivating museums to visit on your Havana holidays, with the Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square), dominated by the towers of the 18th century Baroque Catedral de San Cristobal de La Habana (St Cristobal Cathedral), best capturing Old Havana's spirit.
Visit La Vig?a Estate of Ernest Hemingway where you can take a guided tour of Cojimar which inspired his novel 'The Old Man and the Sea'. In the modern part, sleek shops and bubbling bars on O'Reilly's you can sip mojitos and dance till the sun rises. The city has a plethora of theatres, memorials and museums, including the bronze monument in Revolution square of Che Guevara. The Botanical Gardens are one of the most spectacular attractions with plant life from all over the Caribbean and are perfect to relax the day away in surrounded by Cuban flowers, waterfalls and fountains.
Quick Havana Tips
The flying time from the UK is apporx 10 hours
The Cuban Peso is the currency used in Havana
The majority of Cubans speak Spanish. Other languages spoken are Haitian Creole and English
Mojita cocktails and Cuban coffee
The Flor de Tabacos Partagas is the original cigar factory started in 1845 where you can visit and find the famous cigar of Cuba including Churchill's and Lusitania's where you can enjoy your purchases in the bar. No holidays in Havana would be complete without a visit to a traditional rum distillery museum. You can observe the whole process from start to finish and sample the unique brews and cocktails in the Havana Club bar as traditional Cuban music plays in the background. Cuban cuisine has been influenced by Spanish, French, African, and Portuguese cultures. Typical Cuban dishes include Moros y Cristianos (black beans and rice), picadillo (minced beef and rice) and soups made with plantains. The mojito cocktails are renowned in Havana however each bartender adds their own twist on the cocktail. When the sun goes down the bars and nightclubs come alive with the sound of salsa lingering in the air while the rum flows free.
The cultural life is more than music and ballet, classical music and cinemas all play an important part in Havana's nightlife. The accommodation in Havana mainly consists of hostels, bed and breakfast and luxury hotels. The Plaza de la Catedral is a stunning square which fills with handcraft markets at the weekend. Also markets on Tacon and on the Malecon, near the Riviera Hotel hold handicraft markets with souvenirs including traditional dolls, jewellery and musical instruments. Rum and Cuban coffee can also be purchased at Casa del Tabaco, or at the factory Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas. So get ready to hit that salsa beat and book your holidays to Havana at Latedeals.co.uk
Top Places To Visit
Walk along El Malecón
Stroll along El Malecon which is very popular with locals and tourists, running along the main streets of Havana and offers stunning views over the bay
Old Havana is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, this 500 year old quarter is awash with cobbled streets, plazas and Baroque churches
Meander between the Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral or stay at Hotel Ambos Mundoswhere where Ernest Hemingway stayed during the 1930s and where he began to write For Whom The Bell Tolls. Hemingway's room has been preserved pretty much as it was when he was a guest - and is now open as a museum