Bustling, sensual, uninhibited, melodic, the capital of Cuba offers charm and cultural heritage par excellence, with the outstanding historic centre of Old Havana, a World Heritage Site. It has an unusual balcony, the Malecon, an avenue 8 km long, running parallel to the sea, following the windings of the coast.
Havana is also modern: El Vedado, the residential area with high-rise apartments, hotels, nightclubs, cinemas and shops, and Miramar, the diplomatic and business district. But the real magic of the city can be found in the charisma and hospitality of the people themselves.
This city is a great attraction for its architectural, urban, cultural and social values. It also has the Este Beaches and the la Havana Convention Palace, plus strong tourist infrastructure. These attributes make it different from the other destinations in the country.
The areas with greatest tourism development with more development opportunities in the medium term are:
- Historic centre of Old Havana
- Havana city centre
- El Vedado
- Este beaches and other surrounding areas
Of tourist value are:
- City attractions: 31 monuments, 17 natural areas, 269 historic sites, 90 religious buildings
- Sun and beach
- Events: Convention Palace, Pedagogic Convention Centre and sports facilities
- Marinas: Hemingway marina and Tarará marina
- Health: 20 centres offering specialist attention
- Historic centre of Old Havana: One of the most complete examples of Spanish colonial architecture. 66 buildings have been chosen as examples of the architectural wealth of the city, including the Defensa Castle, fortresses, churches and mansions, and the remains of the City Walls, amongst others
Amongst the tourist attractions in Havana include:
- The historic centre of Old Havana: Real Fuerza Castle, Morro Castle, San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress, San Francisco de Asís Convent and Church, Capitanes Generales Palace, El Templete, Segundo Cabo Palace, House of the Count of Santovenia, the Bath House and the Marquis of Aguas Claras, the Old Square, the Bacardí building, Martí Theatre, Capitolio Nacional, Presidential Palace, National Museum of Fine Arts, Gran Teatro de La Habana, Partagás Tobacco factory, the Floridita restaurant and the Bodeguita del Medio
- Havana city centre: Aldama Palace, Chinatown, El Malecón, Cuban Masonic Temple, Callejón de Hammel, Telephone Company, Avenida Reina, Monserrate Church, Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Quinta de los Molinos, Maceo Park, San Lázaro Tower, Carlos III Avenue and Church of Carmen
- In El Vedado, Havana’s cultural centre and its surroundings: El Malecón, La Rampa, Quijote Park, University of La Habana, Napoleonic Museum, Monument of Maine, Avenue of the Presidents, Príncipe Castle, Fountain of Youth, Calle Paseo, Musum of Decorative Arts, Christopher Columbus Cemetery, Revolution Square, Vedado Tennis Club, Fuerte de La Chorrera and Montané Museum
- In Miramar: Quinta Avenida, Almendares Park, Casa del Habano, Dos Gardenias, Church of Santa Rita, Emiliano Zapata Park, Model of Havana, National Aquarium, Monte Barreto, Church of Jesús de Miramar, Cabaret Tropicana, Institute of Superior Art (ISA), La Habana Convention Palace, Pabexpo, Club Habana, Jaimanitas and Hemingway Marina
- Elsewhere: Museum of Regla and Guanabacoa; Church of Regla; Terraza de Cojímar; Bacuranao Beach, Tarará, Bocaciega, Santa María, Guanabo, la Veneciana; Mirador de Bello Monte; San Francisco de Paula; Hemingway’s House; Church of Rosario and Rincón; Lenin Park; National Zoo; and National Botanic Gardens