Havana is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is suspended between past and future, with a present made of expectations that are not fulfilled yet. A city of over two million inhabitants where time seems stopped, with architecture, cars and people who were trapped in a distant time that will not end. The soul and charm of Cuba are these, being the historical city whose evolution in a sense stopped to modernization, but its decline, for another being improved, is offset by an exciting that people will be able to conquer you with its joy and life to the music.
To get to the Havana, as well as the original Spanish, there are international flights from various European cities that come port International José Martí, which is located about 25 km from the city. From here it is possible to reach the city center with a bus service (if you do not hurry …) or rely on taxis that ply between the airport and downtown. For those who enjoy total freedom, there are also cheap car hire. and it is sufficient to Italian driving license.
What to see in Havana’s historical center, also called the Habana Vieja, Old Havana, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1977 and is certainly one area of the city not to be missed. It is located near the bay and extends for about five square kilometers facts of historical buildings, squares and interesting museums, as well as full of life and folklore with a high population density. Walking through the cobbled streets is an unique experience, a blast from the past of Cuba with the charm of the lost splendor. Do not miss the Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de San Francisco.
At the mouth of the Bay of Havana, there are two historical fortifications, between the most impressive and important of South America: El Morro and La Cabana. El Morro is a castle fortified by massive walls on rocky shores, and it was the bastion of the city for over two centuries until its fall in 1762 in the hands of the British. Was retaken by the Spaniards even a year later, and it was decided to use also, on the other side of the bay, a second fortress became just the Fortaleza de la Cabana, even more powerful and fascinating. The two fortifications, today, are between the most popular tourist attractions of the city.
The boundary between the old town and the center of Havana is marked by some Calle Monserrate and are including Calle Agramonte and of course the famous Prado, Paseo de Martí called reality and the Parque Central. The Prado is the place par excellence of the walk, surrounded by buildings representing the triumph of the Cuban Baroque. The center of Cuba, more modern, certainly has less personality than the old town, but not to be overlooked. There are interesting buildings, being restored after decades of neglect, and interesting is a visit to the southern offshoot of the center that winds up on a hill: the district of Cerro.
To the west of the center is the Vedado district, which continues to the south, beyond the huge Cementerio Colon, taking the name of Nuevo Vedado. The Vedado is rich in residential homes and is characterized by a certain elegance, especially in the area called La Rampa, and along the coast where the Malecon promenade. Surely the most important place in this metropolitan area is the Plaza de la Rivolucion, famous throughout the world for the giant image of Che Guevara that stands on the outer walls of the Palais de la Revolucion, perhaps a true icon of modern Cuba. Further to the west, across the river Almendares, are the suburbs of Havana including Playa should be remembered for his famous districts of Miramar and Cubanacan.
For those who love the sea Havana offers some interesting beaches along the eastern suburbs. As the whole Caribbean region’s tropical climate allows for bathing all year round, but surely the period from July to September is the most humid and rainy and therefore less suitable for those looking for a relaxing on the beach.
Habana del Este is made of rapid expansion in the suburbs between which Tarara and Cojimar, but then the tourists to arrive in the end zones of the beaches in search of relief from the heat. Bacuranao Playa is one of them, but we also remember Playa el Megano Playa Santa Maria, Playa Guanabo, frequented by locals and perhaps because this most fascinating of many delightful and famous locations Cuban crowded by tourists.
Originally posted 2012-10-06 01:14:05.