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Centro Habana Interesting Places, Havana . Cuba

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The Capitolio marks the beginning of central Havana, a working class neighborhood, where alot of buildings are almost in a total state of collapse. On the other side of the street you will find Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas, one Cuba's oldest cigar factories. Centro Havana is the place to capture the real life in Cuba's capital. Don't miss it and bring your camera, but don't get robbed ;)

Mapa de Centro Habana

Centro Habana 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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Review about Interesting Places: Centro Habana
Awfull Sharon M

“Beware ”
We were there at the beginning of May this year and would not recommend. The hassle was unbearable. Don't get me wrong, I did expect some hassle but this was just a joke, we couldn't go anywhere without people trying to have us over or make lewd comments. All we wanted to do was keep ourselves to ourselves but people... More 

Average ChaosAngel

“A Very Long Day ”
Be prepared for a very long excursion. We left our hotel at 745am and didn't get home until almost 4am. Havana is a must see at least once. This was my second time going and I mostly went because my friends had never been and I was curious about the Tropicana show. The Bus - fairly comfortable but the washroom... More 

Very good Colors68

“The Heart of Havana ”
The Central part of Havana is full of interesting architecture, restaurants, bars, museums, hotels, music, art,,,,you name it. It is one of my favorite areas to walk around, although it is not as clean as you may expect, there is a lot of pollution, car smoke and it is very noisy but as you are focused in all the activity... More 

Excellent Fatima786

“A Must See ”
What an amazing place to walk around. Nothing is new. But restorations are taking place all the time. Buildings are solid and old and the pillars around buildings are massive. People are very friendly and not once were we hassled for any money. Never saw a beggar, only extremely poor people.

Excellent Irmi J

“extraordinary! ”
visited friends there, walked through most of the streets, went shopping at Carlos III, had espresso at particulares and just enjoyed the life around me!

Excellent Robert E

“El Centro ”
We stayed in El Centro, which lies between the touristy Ciudad Viejo and organized Verdado. It's a little rough around the edges, but rich in color and texture. The tourist taxis that barrel down Neptuno towards Verdado barely slow down to enjoy the urban landscape. They are missing a great Cuban experience!

Excellent Sral2214

“Got to love Havana ”
Central Havana has so many interesting things to see and do, ranging from art, eclectic buildings and the environment in general. You could spend a lot of time in the central part, looking at everything from museums and cigar factories to live music at cafes. The list goes on.

Excellent hostalmoralest

“very nice ”
I found it very nice and despite the caos.. still the atmospere is nopressure at all! I love it. It is a place to visit .. just watching all the old cars and people is amazing!!

Excellent topsafaris

“Cuba today ”
We learnt the following recently- 1: Diaspora to Cuba is about 3.5 b US $ per annum 2: It is unusual to see in today's modern world no outside advertising or large bill boards. May it remain that way as this allows the unique character of Havana's architecture to show case itself. 3: We learnt that only the elite Cuban... More 

Excellent Carine P

“Stunning ”
Amazing place, as the whole city of Havana...actually you need many days to discover all the hidden spots...its an amazing neighborhood full of history. I could never get tired to walk there and admire the general beauty.

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