Your Guide to Havana, Cuba

The Spanish founded Havana in 1519 and soon became a stopping point for Spanish Galleons travelling between the New World and the Old World. By the 17th Century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centres for ship-building. Today, Havana is a metropolis with more than 2 million inhabitants and a centre which is home to a fabulous mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments. In 1982, Havana was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Walking around Havana is a little like walking around a Hollywood movie set and no matter where you go, music follows with musicians performing a mixture of salsa, son (a combination of Spanish and African-inspired beats) and Son Montuno (country music).
Havana Vieja
Old Havana is one of the most visited areas for tourists who travel to Havana. Famous for its Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana at the Plaza de la Catedral and for Ernest Hemmingway's bar "La Bodeguita del Medio", Havana Vieja is one of the most beautiful areas of the city.
Old Havana and Centro Havana are linked by the Malecón, the seafront walkway. Built at a time when the city was trying to emulate the American capitals, today the pier is the perfect place to sit and admire a sunset or conduct a spot of people watching.
Centro Havana
This area of Havana is a working class neighbourhood where many buildings are in a state of disrepair; the area is however home to the Tabacos Partagas Cigar Factory. Founded in 1845, this is the largest cigar factory in Cuba producing around 5 million cigars a year. It is possible to tour the factory or buy cigars from their shop. 
Havana Vedado
This area, located along the waterfront, was developed between 1930 and 1960 when Havana was developed as a major destination for American tourists. The area's high-rise hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments reflect the art deco style that was popular when built. Home to the National Zoo, the University of Havana and the Colón Cemetery.
Havana Miramar
Havana Miramar has a more executive feel than other areas of Havana. The area is home to foreign embassies, diplomatic residences, upmarket shops and tourist facilities as well as beautiful colonial houses. The Jardin Botanico (Botanical Gardens) and the Acuario Nacional De Cuba (Cuba's National Aquarium) are great places to unwind in Havana Miramar.
Be sure to make the most of Cuba by visiting this city!
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