Cuba’s capital is a treasure trove of historical adventures just waiting to be explored. While there are plenty of other reasons to visit Cuba, including the stunning coastline, scuba diving opportunities, incredible atmosphere and charming city streets, Havana is home to a number of incredible historical attractions which are a must visit. Here are some of Havana’s top historical highlights you need to see when you visit the city:
When you picture Havana it’s the images of old town crumbling Havana that tend to come to mind. As UNESCO world heritage site, the old town is home to some amazing historical attractions including the Morro Castle fortress which was built to protect Old Havana in 1589 to prevent unwanted ships from entering the bay.
Known as Catedral de San Cristobal, the Havana cathedral is one of old Havana’s most instantly recognizable buildings. A charming and beautiful building, the exterior is an example of incredible baroque architecture whilst the interior is strikingly classical and minimalistic in comparison. Impressive paintings hang on the walls and you’ll be able to spot both Murillo and Rubens originals inside.
Cuba’s oldest and most famous hotel opened in 1875, the Hotel Inglaterra has played host to some very famous guests. From Winston Churchill to Anna Pavlova, the neo-classical looking building is adorned with mesmerizing Andalusian mosaics. Visitors to Havana can still stay at the hotel and marvel at the stunning interior, find out all about the building’s incredible history, then enjoy a delicious cocktail on the rooftop terrace.
Bodeguita del Medio
Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite old haunt, the Bodeguita del Medio is a tourist hot spot that any fans of the famous writer have to visit whilst in Cuba. Not particularly glamorous, the bar is typically Cuban, serving traditional Cuban food and strong rum mojitos. Graffiti covers the walls, praising both Hemmingway and Cuba itself. Head there for an authentic Cuban meal and of course to sample Hemmingway’s famous mojito.
Even if you don’t head to any of these particular destinations, you’ll still be able to be charmed by Old Havana by just walking through the town’s 4 incredible plazas which are surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings. Head to Havana with Cuba Holidays today to experience it all for yourself. With so much to offer, Havana is a must-visit destination for anyone who has an interest in history as your sure to be amazed by the city’s crumbling beauty and turbulent past.