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  • Interesting Places: Old Havana

    Old Havana, Havana . Cuba

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    Old Havana, which for centuries was inside the walled part of the city, was founded in late 1519 at the port Carenas. Its primary nucleus consists of buildings that were erected around a series of public squares and tiny areas adjoining monasteries and old churches.
    A constant victim of attacks by pirates, corsairs and enemies of the Spanish Crown, the village of San Cristóbal de La Habana had to be fortified with a powerful defense system, some of whose major fortresses, such as the Castle of the Royal Force, the Tres Reyes del Morro Castle and the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña still preserve their original elegance. UNESCO declared Old Havana and its System of Colonial Fortifications Humankind's Cultural Heritage in 1982.
    The magnitude of the restoration works that have been done there since the 1970s makes it advisable for travelers to follow routes so as not to miss any of its attractions. Above all, do not miss the 9 o'clock cannon shot, with its colonial-style ceremony.
    Havana's historic center covers approximately 142 hectares and contains around 3,500 buildings, one seventh of which are of great value. The restoration of this valuable historic and cultural heritage began in 1976. Two years later, Old Havana was declared a national monument.

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  • Old Havana Old Havana

    Lat:23.13705   Lon:-82.34866 

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    Old Havana, which for centuries was inside the walled part of the city, was founded in late 1519 at…

    Lions Fountain Lions Fountain

    Lat:23.13730   Lon:-82.34840 

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    It is said that around the year 1600 the first fountain of the city could be seen at the San Francisco…

    Rum Museum Rum Museum

    Lat:23.13590   Lon:-82.34774 

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    Discover part of the Cuban culture throught the history of Havana Club, the Cuban Rum, and its elaboration…

    Paseo Alameda de Paula Paseo Alameda de Paula

    Lat:23.13220   Lon:-82.34800 

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    Alameda de Paula, a wonderful Promenade built during the second half of the XVIII century.

    La Bodeguita del Medio La Bodeguita del Medio

    Lat:23.14080   Lon:-82.35230 

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    The walls are plastered with autographs and drawings left by travelers who have relished the bar's grilled…

    Port Avenue Port Avenue

    Lat:23.14241   Lon:-82.35079 

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    It is around the Havana Bay

    Craft Market Old Havana Craft Market Old Havana

    Lat:23.13014   Lon:-82.34882 

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    Havana’s craft market has just been relocated to the Centro Antiguos Almacenes de Depósito…

    Statue of El Cristo (The Christ) Statue of El Cristo (The Christ)

    Lat:23.14440   Lon:-82.34556 

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    Statue of El Cristo (The Christ)

    Floridita Floridita

    Lat:23.13730   Lon:-82.35730 

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    This bar is one of the most elegant bars in all of Havana, with many of its patrons being important…

    Fine Arts Museum Fine Arts Museum

    Lat:23.14018   Lon:-82.35725 

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    The National Fine Arts Museum was created in 1913 and in 1955 it was moved to the building that currently…

  • Museums next to Old Havana
  • Art Sacro Museum Art Sacro Museum

    Lat:23.13700   Lon:-82.34830 

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    Hosted by the prestigious concert hall at the San Francisco de Asis Minor Basilic, this museum exhibits…

    Alejandro de Humboldt  Museum Alejandro de Humboldt Museum

    Lat:23.13589   Lon:-82.34863 

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    The main objective of this institution is to preserve research and promote the historical legacy of…

    Rum Museum Rum Museum

    Lat:23.13590   Lon:-82.34774 

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    Discover part of the Cuban culture throught the history of Havana Club, the Cuban Rum, and its elaboration…

    9 de Abril Gun Smith's Museum 9 de Abril Gun Smith's Museum

    Lat:23.13837   Lon:-82.34988 

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    This gunsmith’s shop, founded in 1934 under the name of Gunsmith Company of Cuba, was attacked…

    Oswaldo Guayasamin Museum  House Oswaldo Guayasamin Museum House

    Lat:23.13882   Lon:-82.34962 

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    The House-museum Oswaldo Guayasamín has three permanent expositions to honour and preserve the memory…

    Obra Pia House Obra Pia House

    Lat:23.13870   Lon:-82.35020 

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    After a meticulous work, by November of 1983 one of the most beautiful colonial mansions in the Historic…

    Africa House Africa House

    Lat:23.13850   Lon:-82.35050 

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    It is located in an old colonial palace in Old Havana, and it was inaugurated in 1986. It holds valuable…

    Automovil  Museum Automovil Museum

    Lat:23.13923   Lon:-82.34925 

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    An exhibition of classic cars can be enjoyed in this singular place, including the Cadillac used by…

    The Asian House The Asian House

    Lat:23.13900   Lon:-82.35010 

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    It was the mansion of an influential Dominican clergyman in the 18th century. It was restored in 1997…

    Tabacco Museum Tabacco Museum

    Lat:23.13910   Lon:-82.35040 

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  • Squares next to Old Havana
  • San Fransisco  Square San Fransisco Square

    Lat:23.13750   Lon:-82.34860 

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    Called San Francisco because of the convent next to it, this square was conceived in 1628, with the…

    Plaza Vieja - Old Square Plaza Vieja - Old Square

    Lat:23.13600   Lon:-82.35000 

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    Considering the decision taken by the keeper of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, in the first half of…

    Armas  Square Armas Square

    Lat:23.13940   Lon:-82.35060 

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    The first known public square of Havana was located on the spot that, later on in the 16th century,…

    Arms Square Arms Square

    Lat:23.13940   Lon:-82.35060 

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    Today called Marti Park, from there were planned the first 25 blocks of what would be the urban center…

    Cathedral Square Cathedral Square

    Lat:23.14120   Lon:-82.35178 

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    The area where the Plaza de la Catedral is located used to be, according to 17th century records, a…

    Cristo Square Cristo Square

    Lat:23.13580   Lon:-82.35610 

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    By agreement of the town council, in March, 1640 the Plaza del Cristo was created. The project also…

    Albear Square Albear Square

    Lat:23.13770   Lon:-82.35730 

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    Jose Marti ­ Revolution Square Jose Marti ­ Revolution Square

    Lat:23.12420   Lon:-82.38590 

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    The area was originally called Civic Square, in the 1950s. During the past 40 years, it has been the…

  • Areas of Natural Interest next to Old Havana
  • National Botanical Gardens National Botanical Gardens

    Lat:22.99233   Lon:-82.34296 

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    This spacious area located in Lenin Park contains everything from a Japanese garden to greenhouses bursting…

  • City next to Old Havana
  • San Jose de las Lajas San Jose de las Lajas

    Lat:22.961390   Lon:-82.151110 

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  • Architecture next to Old Havana
  • San Fransisco de Asis Convent San Fransisco de Asis Convent

    Lat:23.13705   Lon:-82.34866 

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    This is one of the most extraordinary convent and church complex of the colonial time. The plan of the…

    Lonja del Comercio Building  Comerce Guild Lonja del Comercio Building Comerce Guild

    Lat:23.13810   Lon:-82.34850 

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    Open since 1909, the project was designed by the Valencian architect and sculptor Tomás Mur,…

    Palacio Cueto Palacio Cueto

    Lat:23.13540   Lon:-82.34950 

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    It was built in 1906 on designs by the architect Arturo Márquez. It was a warehouse and a hat…

    House of Casa Lombillo Count House of Casa Lombillo Count

    Lat:23.13581   Lon:-82.35030 

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    Doña María Luisa Peñalver y Navarrete lived in this house until her dying day in…

    House of the San Juan de Jaruco Count House of the San Juan de Jaruco Count

    Lat:23.13540   Lon:-82.35010 

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    This family, originally from Castilla La Nueva, went to Canary Islands and took part in its conquest.…

    The House of Arabians The House of Arabians

    Lat:23.13910   Lon:-82.34940 

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    The huge old house hosting this museum, placed in the very heart of the ancient part of Havana, is the…

    Obra Pia House Obra Pia House

    Lat:23.13870   Lon:-82.35020 

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    This house is one of the greater distinctions at the colonial time. At the moment of its renovation…

    Captain Generals Palacio Captain Generals Palacio

    Lat:23.13997   Lon:-82.34998 

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    One of the most important architectural monuments in Old Havana, of a neat Baroque style, is the ancient…

    Real Fuerza Castle Museum Real Fuerza Castle Museum

    Lat:23.14020   Lon:-82.34990 

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    A previous fortress, the Fuerza Vieja (Old Force), was badly damaged in 1555 during an attack on Havana…

    Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church

    Lat:23.13414   Lon:-82.35066 

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    The influence from different styles and cultures can be seen in Havana's colonial architecture, with…

  • Churches and Convents next to Old Havana
  • San Fransisco de Asis Convent San Fransisco de Asis Convent

    Lat:23.13705   Lon:-82.34866 

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    This is one of the most extraordinary convent and church complex of the colonial time. The plan of the…

    Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church

    Lat:23.13414   Lon:-82.35066 

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    National Center for Restoration, Preservation and Museology This convent was the first monastery of…

    Santa Teresa de Jesus Convent and Church Santa Teresa de Jesus Convent and Church

    Lat:23.13571   Lon:-82.35373 

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    This was the last of the convents established in Havana in the 18th century. Its founders were the Doctor…

    Havana Cathedral Havana Cathedral

    Lat:23.14120   Lon:-82.35178 

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    The area where the Plaza de la Catedral is located used to be, according to 17th century records, a…

    San Carlos y San Ambrosio San Carlos y San Ambrosio

    Lat:23.14176   Lon:-82.35187 

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    Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced

    Lat:23.13147   Lon:-82.35021 

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    Since 1638 several setbacks conspired against this convent being built, but finally, with help from…

    San Francisco de Paula Church San Francisco de Paula Church

    Lat:23.13090   Lon:-82.34880 

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    On the same spot where the Ermita del Calvario was first located, the Women´s Hospital of Saint…

    Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje Church Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje Church

    Lat:23.13618   Lon:-82.35606 

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    Before the Iglesia del Cristo was erected in 1640, a hermitage devoted to Nuestra Señora del…

    Santo Angel Costudio Church Santo Angel Costudio Church

    Lat:23.14160   Lon:-82.35580 

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    It lies on one of the few and modest hills of the city, at first called Peña Pobre and then Loma…

    Iglesia Metodista Iglesia Metodista

    Lat:23.13776   Lon:-82.38349 

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    The architect Ricardo E. Acosta won the Franklin Gold Medal 1951, which gave valuable prize annually…

  • Monuments next to Old Havana
  • Antonio Maceo Monument Antonio Maceo Monument

    Lat:23.14120   Lon:-82.37210 

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    Monument to the victims of Maine Monument to the victims of Maine

    Lat:23.14490   Lon:-82.38250 

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    This monument is located in Vedado, close to Linea and Malecon. It was built in 1926, crowned by an…

    Jose Marti Monument Jose Marti Monument

    Lat:23.12260   Lon:-82.38640 

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    A great exhibit of the life and work of the Apostle, and the story of the Memorial. A lookout from the…

    Jose Marti Memorial Jose Marti Memorial

    Lat:23.12260   Lon:-82.38640 

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    A great exhibit of the life and work of the Apostle, and the story of the Memorial. A lookout from the…

  • Colonial Fortress next to Old Havana
  • Real Fuerza Castle Museum Real Fuerza Castle Museum

    Lat:23.14020   Lon:-82.34990 

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    Around 1540 there was a fortress called Fuerza Vieja (Old Forces) in the place later occupied by the…

    The Prince Fortress The Prince Fortress

    Lat:23.14244   Lon:-82.35293 

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    After the siege and occupation of Havana by the English, from 1762 to 1763, a careful consideration…

    Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

    Lat:23.14710   Lon:-82.34950 

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    Restablished the Hispanic dominance in Havana, one of the first dispositions of the king Carlos III,…

    San Salvador de la Punta Fort San Salvador de la Punta Fort

    Lat:23.14600   Lon:-82.35750 

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    La Punta just like El Morro was designed to protect the entrance to the Havana Bay that became an important…

    Morro Castle Morro Castle

    Lat:23.14920   Lon:-82.35510 

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    From the 16th century on, the advantages of the natural rocky elevation that lay by the bay’s…

    San Lazaro Turret San Lazaro Turret

    Lat:23.14160   Lon:-82.37408 

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    The creek next to the town, where the turret was erected was known at first by the name of the lot’s…

    Castillo de Jagua Castillo de Jagua

    Lat:23.13578   Lon:-82.38805 

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    In Castillo de Jagua Fortress, which is considered the 3ª important fortress of the country and…

    Chorrera Fortress Chorrera Fortress

    Lat:23.13200   Lon:-82.40950 

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    If the 16th century had La Real Fuerza as an invulnerable shield in its military conception, and the…

    Cojimar Fortress Cojimar Fortress

    Lat:23.16730   Lon:-82.29460 

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    If the 16th century had La Real Fuerza as an invulnerable shield in its military conception, and the…

    Cojimar Fortress Cojimar Fortress

    Lat:23.16730   Lon:-82.29460 

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    If the 16th century had La Real Fuerza as an invulnerable shield in its military conception, and the…

  • Car rental offices next to Old Havana
  • Crucero Car rental officeCrucero Car rental office

    Avenida del Puerto, la Habana Vieja
    8660284 84m

    Terminal de Crucero Car rental officeTerminal de Crucero Car rental office

    Ave del Puerto. Habana Vieja.
    8626343 198m

    Hotel Ambos Mundos Car rental officeHotel Ambos Mundos Car rental office

    Calle Obispo esq Mercaderes, Habana Vieja
    8669616 328m

    Museo de la Revolucion Car rental officeMuseo de la Revolucion Car rental office

    Calle Refugio. Nro. 1, entre Zuleta y Avenida de las Misiones
    78632271 971m

    Hotel Plaza Car rental officeHotel Plaza Car rental office

    Calle Ignacio Agramonte. Havana Vieja
    8668915 977m

  • Gas stations next to Old Havana
  • La Rampa Gas stations La Rampa Gas stations

    Calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8731480/873148 3km 137m

    Tángana Gas stations Tángana Gas stations

    Malecón y 13. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334588 3km 664m

    L y 17 Gas stations L y 17 Gas stations

    L y 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334587 3km 842m

    Guanabo Gas stations Guanabo Gas stations

    Vía Blanca No. 46005 y 462, Intermitente de Guanabo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 964093/964094 3km 842m

    Ayestarán Gas stations Ayestarán Gas stations

    Ayestarán y Ave. de Rancho Boyeros. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 666051 5km 180m

    Riviera Gas stations Riviera Gas stations

    Paseo y Malecon. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333027 5km 488m

    17 y 12 Gas stations 17 y 12 Gas stations

    Calle 12 esq. a 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8339238/8333272 5km 522m

    Santa Catalina Gas stations Santa Catalina Gas stations

    Santa Catalina y Vento. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 335531 5km 661m

    El Tunel Gas stations El Tunel Gas stations

    Calle 2 No. 518 e/ 5ta. B y 7ma. B, Miramar, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2041906/2047470 6km 602m

    31 y 18 Gas stations 31 y 18 Gas stations

    Ave. 31 y 18, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040520 7km 183m

  • Automatic Cash next to Old Havana
  • 0011 Automatic Cash 0011 Automatic Cash

    Calle 17 e/ M y N, FOCSA. Havana City
    3km 724m

    0014 Automatic Cash 0014 Automatic Cash

    Línea No. 705 e/ Paseo y A. Havana City
    5km 245m

    0073 Automatic Cash 0073 Automatic Cash

    Calle 1ra. No. 40 e/ 0 y 2, CIMEX
    6km 867m

    0115 Automatic Cash 0115 Automatic Cash

    Calle 70 e/ 1ra. y 3ra., Hotel LTI Panorama. Havana City
    9km 721m

    0160 Automatic Cash 0160 Automatic Cash

    Calle 17 No. 8215 e/ 82 y 84. Havana City
    9km 857m

    0030 Automatic Cash 0030 Automatic Cash

    Ave. 3ra. e/ 78 y 80. Havana City
    10km 054m

    0067 Automatic Cash 0067 Automatic Cash

    Calle 16 No. 306 e/ 3ra. y 5ta.. Havana City
    10km 054m

    0183 Automatic Cash 0183 Automatic Cash

    Calle 16 No. 310 e/ 3ra. y 5ta. Havana City
    10km 054m

    0031 Automatic Cash 0031 Automatic Cash

    5ta. Ave. esq. a 112. Havana City
    11km 290m

  • Currency Exchange next to Old Havana
  • Lonja del Comercio Currency Exchange Lonja del Comercio Currency Exchange

    Calle Oficios esq. a Baratillo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 669628 132m

    Hotel Parque Central Currency Exchange Hotel Parque Central Currency Exchange

    Paseo del Prado e/ Neptuno y Virtudes. Havana City
    1km 046m

    Hotel Sevilla Currency Exchange Hotel Sevilla Currency Exchange

    Paseo del Prado esq. a Refugio. Havana City
    (537) 8639030 1km 067m

    Hotel Deauville Currency Exchange Hotel Deauville Currency Exchange

    Calle Galiano esq. a Malecón. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    1km 631m

    Hotel Vedado Currency Exchange Hotel Vedado Currency Exchange

    Calle O e/ 23 y 21. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    3km 222m

    Hotel Nacional Currency Exchange Hotel Nacional Currency Exchange

    Calle O y 21. Havana City
    (537) 8733564 4km 116m

    Hotel Cohiba Currency Exchange Hotel Cohiba Currency Exchange

    Calle Paseo e/ 1ra. y 3ra. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    5km 513m

    Hotel Riviera Currency Exchange Hotel Riviera Currency Exchange

    Calle Paseo esq. a Malecón. Havana City
    (537) 662185 5km 658m

    Agromercado 15 y 24 Currency Exchange Agromercado 15 y 24 Currency Exchange

    Calle 15 y 24, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333915 6km 187m

    Kasalta Currency Exchange Kasalta Currency Exchange

    Ave. 5ta.B esq. a calle 2. Havana City. Cuba
    6km 642m

  • Clinics next to Old Havana
  • Hermanos Ameijeiras Clinic Hermanos Ameijeiras Clinic

    San Lazaro No. 701 e/ Belascoain y Marquez Gonzalez. Centro Haban
    (537) 8761000 2km 331m

    Retinosis Pigmentaria   Centro Internacional   Camilo Cienfuegos Clinic Retinosis Pigmentaria Centro Internacional Camilo Cienfuegos Clinic

    Calle L No. 151 e/ Linea y 13, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8333886 3km 983m

    Instituto Cardiovascular Clinic Instituto Cardiovascular Clinic

    Calle 17 esq. a Paseo, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8382652-53 4km 892m

    SPA Hotel Riviera Clinic SPA Hotel Riviera Clinic

    Malecón y Paseo, Vedado . Havana City
    (537) 8368756 5km 658m

    Sucursal Servicios Médicos Internacionales Clinic Sucursal Servicios Médicos Internacionales Clinic

    Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2040114 6km 863m

    Centro de Histoterapia Placentaria Clinic Centro de Histoterapia Placentaria Clinic

    Calle 18 esq. a 43. Playa. Havana City. Cuba
    6km 889m

    Cira Garcia, Clinica Central Clinic Cira Garcia, Clinica Central Clinic

    Calle 20 No. 4101 esq. a 41. Playa . Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040331 6km 937m

    Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital Clinic Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital Clinic

    Calle 76 No. 3104. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2654800 9km 051m

    Comodoro, SPA Club Clinic Comodoro, SPA Club Clinic

    Ave 1ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2045049 10km 264m

    Orthopedic Hospital Frank Pais Clinic Orthopedic Hospital Frank Pais Clinic

    Ave. 51 No. 19603 e/ 196 y 200. Havana City, Cuba
    (537) 2627022 ext. 478 12km 918m

  • Drugstores next to Old Havana
  • International Drugstore Hotel Sevilla Drugstore International Drugstore Hotel Sevilla Drugstore

    Calle Prado esq. a Trocadero. Havana City
    (5348) 8615703 1km 067m

    International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre Drugstore International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre Drugstore

    Calle 23 esq. a L , Vedado. Havana City
    (5348) 8319538 3km 500m

    International Drugstore 41 y 20 Drugstore International Drugstore 41 y 20 Drugstore

    Ave. 41 esq. a 20, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2069985 7km 006m

    International Drugstore Casa Bella Drugstore International Drugstore Casa Bella Drugstore

    7ma. Ave. y 22 No. 2603. Havana City
    (537) 2047980 7km 576m

    International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios Drugstore International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios Drugstore

    Ave 3ra. y 82, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2044515 10km 045m

    International Drugstore SPA Comodoro Drugstore International Drugstore SPA Comodoro Drugstore

    Ave 3ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2049385 10km 264m

  • Old Havana is located in Havana
  • Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

    The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

    The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

    Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

    Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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    Centro Historico Habana
    Centro Histórico de La Habana Vieja y su Sistema de Fortificaciones Coloniales. Le cupo el mérito de ser la primera en Cuba declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad, su inclusión en la lista se aprobó en la Sexta Reunión del Comité Intergubernamental de la Convención del Patrimonio Mundial, Cultural y Natural, celebrada entre los días 13 y 17 de diciembre de 1982, en la sede de la UNESCO, París, Francia.

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    Old Havana
    Old Havana has so much charm that only by visiting it can one capture fully the contrasts, sounds and colors that coexist there. It has the typical appearance of a Spanish colonial city, highly appreciated for its location as the perfect center for communications and trade with the New World. Much of the defensive system created in those years to protect the city from attacks by corsairs and pirates remains in place. That is why it is impossible to walk through the area without encountering impressive fortresses like the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta, La Cabaña, and the most unique of them all, El Morro (Morro Castle), located at the entrance to the Bay.

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    Old Havana
    I was interested in Old Havana the most compared to other parts of the Cuban capital and I hope it never changes. The guide I had said that things have stayed the same as they were in the late 1950s with old buildings, cars, and other items from that era. Time has stopped here and anyone with an interest in Cuban history should head here. Also a great scenic walking area.

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    Peter

    Horsing Around
    I mean this literally, take a Horse carriage tour around Old Havana.A lot of the drivers(directors) have a good knowledge of English with a good knowledge of Havana.We hired a director (they're numbered by the government ) that showed us around for 2 1/2 hours thru Old Havana . Giving us a knowledge of the insights of Cuba.It cost us with tip 33 CCP for the tour. It's a better way to see Havana especially if you're with somebody that has difficulties getting around as the Havana streets are ridden with potholes. The sidewalks are broken up to pieces in which one could easily trip or fall flat on their face if not careful.The carriages can't go down the Malecon. We had a Mojito along with a Pina Colada during the tour .You can drink on the carriage as they take the number of the carriage before you take off with their glasses

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    Review about Interesting Places: Old Havana
    Awfull Excellent
    Rean

    Old Havana
    Old Havana has been around for close to 500 years. Many of the buildings date back to the 1700's. It is a mixture of narrow cobblestone streets, elegant beautifully restored buildings and ancient crumbling ruins. Hurricane Wilma hit hard here in 2005 and the country is still struggling to rebuild. There are 5 main areas to Old Havana: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco and Parque Central. All of the plazas have been beautifully restored and maintained. We had the most delicious coffee I have ever tasted at the coffee shop in Plaza Vieja - coffee, ice cream, and booze - yummo! Make a point of stopping there if you need a break. There are many markets and shopping areas in Old Havana. You can easily lose yourself for hours wandering through the narrow crowded streets. Keep a close eye on your wallet in crowded areas.

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    Laura E

    “It was cool... but, ”
    Beggars were horrible and started touching your pockets and pretty much wanted you to strip down so they could have everything you owned

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    Connie B

    “good ”
    It was rainingThe weather was like torrential rains which was unfortunate.This lasted for 3 days.Regardless the trip was wonderful.Cuba is my favorite vacation place

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    Francesco M

    “Old Havana is more aggressive than it used to be. ”
    Since I have visited old Havana several times over the past six years I have noticed a change. The people and not the sights have become more aggressive, with restaurant staffs trying to pull you in off the street, to the shady characters trying to sell bogus cigars to the casual tourists. I also found so many people hanging out... More 

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    glen m

    “havana ”
    if you like old buildings and churches along with an interesting warm culture you will enjoy havana, bars,resteraunts , cigar shops,long narrow streets and dont forget the flea market lots of hand craft items and local art .we flew in from cayo santa maria islands (50 minute flight )did a one day bus tour 9 am to 9 pm aprox.... More 

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    GoodnightHostel474

    “Habana Vieja ”
    Really enjoyed the old town full of old cars and salsa. La Habana has this unique atmosphere...that Im going back very soon.

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    John F

    “Full of History and Charm ”
    More like an old European city feel Old Havana is a seamless work of brilliant architecture and old world charm. Surprisingly nice restaurants and Inns that are just worth walking into to have a look at. Many musicians and street merchants but no one annoyingly persistent. There is a square that UNESCO funded to have restored with before and after... More 

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    Brent W

    “Mind blowing ”
    Truly worth the time to visit - My wife and I were stunned by the beauty of Old Havana - just an incredible place to visit . Can't wait to go back again .

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    thegentScotland

    “Never a dull moment ”
    Some people might see Havana as run down but if they open their eyes they will see a city working to rejuvenate what is a fabulous and friendly city. Everyone seems so much happier than most places nowadays. They are obviously hopeful of getting a few pesos tip but will treat you just the same if you just say thanks-no... More 

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    82Ary2014

    “A good place to get lost! ”
    Experiment a good mix between the past and the modern days. Old colonial buildings with nice people, salsa, good food. Lose yourself in the narrow roads plenty of people buying souvenirs, drink some pina coladas, mojitos or cuba libre. Smoke some cigars and getting in touch with the past... It was amazing!!

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    Ozless

    “Beautiful and fascinating. ”
    Old Havana is endlessly beautiful and fascinating. Despite the impression left by the guide books most of the city has not been restored those areas that have are impressive. The restored areas are mainly in the north around Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza de Armas also Mercaderes & Obispo streets. Where you will also find plenty of cafes and... More