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HAVANA, CUBA: 3 PLACES YOU MUST VISIT IN THE MYSTERIOUS CITY
Would you like to go back in time? Travel to a totally different place?
If so, Havana is just the right place for you to visit.
However, if you only dispose of a few days in the country, or if you are on a cruise ship, like most tourists who go there, choosing what to do in such a short time can be difficult.
That's why in this article, you will find the top 3 places to visit in Havana, Cuba if you are on a short trip!
Keep on reading to find out more about:
1. The Beautiful architecture of Plaza de la Catedral
2. Mojito in La Bodeguita
3. The Revolutionary Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña
Alejandro is a Cuban guy who loves two things: Marketing and travelling. He has already visited many countries, and now lives in Brazil with his wife, Amanda Estevez. Alejandro is the Co-founder of Athene’s Bookshelf, where he’s responsible for creating content for the agency’s blog and for customer acquisition strategies.
- Alejandro Morales, a Sao Paulo based traveler
Travel Writer & Cuba Travel Designer for TDO
#1 THE BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE OF PLAZA DE LA CATEDRAL
If you are a travel-lover, you definitely love classic architecture, right?
So your first stop should be at Plaza de la Catedral.
The Cathedral Square is one of the most beautiful in Havana.
With its cobblestone pavement, around it are divine buildings in Baroque style.
Among them are the beautiful Catedral de la Vírgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de la Habana and the palaces that close the square in an almost perfect rectangle.
The square was built in the 18th century and is one of the areas that tourists like most.
Initially, it was named Plaza de la Ciénaga (Swamp Square) because of its muddy terrain.
But once it was paved, they changed its name to take the most striking feature of its surroundings, the curious Cathedral of San Cristóbal de la Habana.
You will find some ladies who want to read the passers-by luck and some restaurants in the area. Close to the Cathedral is also Bodeguita del Médio, the most famous bar in the capital.
Once there, be sure to have lunch or dinner at one of the beautiful "paladares" (as family restaurants in Cuba are called) at Callejón del Chorro, and visit Taller Experimental de Gráfica. In this warehouse, artists produce graphic art right there.
Now that you know stop nº1, let's move on to the second one!
#2 MOJITO IN LA BODEGUITA
Simply the most famous bar in Cuba, La Bodeguita del Medio gained fame for the celebrities who used to drink there before the revolution.
Among them was the writer Ernest Hemingway, who always drank his mojito there.
On its wall you can find Hemingway’s writing “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita”, another bar in Havana.
In addition to him, Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda, Errol Flynn, Nat King Cole, and Fidel Castro were regulars.
Its walls are full of writings and signatures of its visitors, illustrious or not.
The bar opened its doors on April 26, 1942, on the initiative of the merchant, Ángel Martínez, as the tent (bodega, convenience store) was in the middle of the street, and not on the corner, as it was more common, the name caught on fast: "The Convenience store in the Middle."
When planning what to do in Havana, a visit to La Bodeguita del Medio is a must because of its history. Discover Havana's bohemia and leave your name written among the millions on the walls of the bar.
#3 THE REVOLUTIONARY FORTALEZA DE SAN CARLOS DE LA CABAñA
This is the largest fortress of all Spanish colonies in the Americas.
It is on the other side of Havana's Bay and served as a protection for the city during colonization.
Visiting the military structure is surprising, both for its size and for the incredible views of Havana's city, from the other side.
The fortress is vast, with different environments, rooms, and moats, which, although they never had water, are beautiful to admire.
Inside the fortress, there are also shops and restaurants and a museum on the methods of defense of the time.
Besides, it was in one of the fortress sectors that Che Guevara chose to command after the success of the Cuban Revolution.
Today, the Museo de Comandancia del Che is open to visitors and has rooms with furniture and objects used by the guerrilla.
There is a ceremony every night known as El Cañonazo. It is a tradition in Havana, and since its beginning, it has had meaning for the city.
If you listen to the cannon at 9:00 pm, it is because everything is fine.
Nowadays, there is an enactment of how the moment occurred when the military dropped the daily cannon bomb.
It is worthwhile to go to the place in the late afternoon and enjoy both the city's look and the ceremony, which takes place punctually, every day, and, moreover, observes from a strategic point of La Habana at night (10 CUC, the tour complete).
Now that you know the three places you should go if you are short of time in Havana, get in touch with us, and we can help you plan your trip there in a fast, easy and simple way where you don't have to worry about anything!
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