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Vedado Interesting Places, Havana . Cuba

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  • Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
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Located along the waterfront, was developed during the decades between 1930 and 1960, when Havana developed as a major destination for U.S. tourists. High-rise hotels, restaurants, and upscale commercial establishments, many reflecting the then-popular art deco style, mushroomed in the Vedado district.
In the late 1990s Vedado represented the principal commercial area of the city, and its environs were home to a variety of important landmarks including the Hotel Nacional, the University of Havana, and the Colón Cemetery.

Mapa de Vedado

Vedado 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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Vedado
Contrasting with the colonial atmosphere of Old Hotels stands cosmopolitan and lively Modern Hotels made up by several areas where one finds grand villas of the early 20th century mixed with architecture of the 1950's and of the current revolutionary period. Habana Libre Hotel One of the most populated areas is Vedado, whose main artery is the famous Calle 23 (23rd Street) with its Rampa, so-called because it slopes like a ramp down to the Malecon and the sea. The diversity of cultural centers, restaurants and tourist agencies give a special atmosphere to this zone that attracts Hotels's inhabitants in great numbers. Among the attractions are the Coppelia ice-cream parlour, focal point of a large park, the Yara and Rampa movie theatres, and the Tryp Habana Libre, a 23-story hotel that has as its facade a fresco painted by the prestigious Cuban artist Amelia Peláez.

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Vedado
Contrasting with the colonial atmosphere of Old Hotels stands cosmopolitan and lively Modern Hotels made up by several areas where one finds grand villas of the early 20th century mixed with architecture of the 1950's and of the current revolutionary period. Habana Libre Hotel One of the most populated areas is Vedado, whose main artery is the famous Calle 23 (23rd Street) with its Rampa, so-called because it slopes like a ramp down to the Malecon and the sea. The diversity of cultural centers, restaurants and tourist agencies give a special atmosphere to this zone that attracts Hotels's inhabitants in great numbers. Among the attractions are the Coppelia ice-cream parlour, focal point of a large park, the Yara and Rampa movie theatres, and the Tryp Habana Libre, a 23-story hotel that has as its facade a fresco painted by the prestigious Cuban artist Amelia Peláez.

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Vedado
Contrasting with the colonial atmosphere of Old Hotels stands cosmopolitan and lively Modern Hotels made up by several areas where one finds grand villas of the early 20th century mixed with architecture of the 1950's and of the current revolutionary period. Habana Libre Hotel One of the most populated areas is Vedado, whose main artery is the famous Calle 23 (23rd Street) with its Rampa, so-called because it slopes like a ramp down to the Malecon and the sea. The diversity of cultural centers, restaurants and tourist agencies give a special atmosphere to this zone that attracts Hotels's inhabitants in great numbers. Among the attractions are the Coppelia ice-cream parlour, focal point of a large park, the Yara and Rampa movie theatres, and the Tryp Habana Libre, a 23-story hotel that has as its facade a fresco painted by the prestigious Cuban artist Amelia Peláez.

Excellent Bruce

Vedado in Havana City
Serving as the commercial hub of the city, the Vedado area is especially historic and does come with a number of appealing attractions, such as a cluster of art-deco skyscrapers and some very upmarket accommodation, provided by hotels such as the Habana Libre and the Hotel Riviera. It was at the Habana Libre (formerly the Hilton), where in 1959, Fidel Castro based himself and ruled Cuba, determined to rid this district of its mob-connections and gambling. One of the most distinctive buildings within the Barrio El Vedado is the 39-storey Edificio Focsa, which was completed in 1956 and is considered to be one of Cuba's modern-day engineering wonders. At the top of the Edificio Focsa, the La Torre restaurant provides fine dining with quite a view.

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Vedado
edado, located along the Caribbean waterfront, was developed extensively during the decades between 1930 and 1960, when Havana developed as a major destination for U.S. tourists. High-rise hotels, casinos, restaurants, and upscale commercial establishments, many reflecting the then-popular art deco style, mushroomed in the Vedado district. In the late 1990s Vedado represented the principal commercial area of the city, and its environs were home to a variety of important landmarks including the Hotel Nacional, José Martí Stadium, the University of Havana, the National Theater of Cuba, and the Colón Cemetery. We walked from Malecon to Calle 23 and la Rampa, then Avenida de los Presidentes, we have seen the statue of Don quixote (1980) and tried famous ice creams Coppelia

Awfull Tweetcoz

“Don't bother ”
Havana has 3 areas - the main town area, the old Havana and Vedado. The revolution square is in vedado. The national hotel is in the main town. The most interesting is the old Havana.

Average GioSousa

“More "modern" part of Havana ”
It's a location away from the buzz of old Havana. Building are more modern, wide streets and beautiful architechture everywhere. We stayed there for a few days but ended up going back to old Havana as it was better for activities during the day.

Average m v

“It´s Closed! ”
We took the walk across from Plaza de Revolucion to the Vedado. After walking all the way up to the entrance there was a nice panoramic view of the plaza de revolucion which made the walk worth it. However the idea was to go up to the top and get a view of all of Habana. Unfortunately they are remodeling... More 

Very good tiagolopespt

“The "real" Havana ”
I really liked Vedado. It feels real, where the people actually live. Very degraded, a bit all around Cuba, but genuine and that's what I look for in a journey. You have the real cafes, stores boutiques, etc.

Very good EdwardJAllen

“Well worth the walking ”
Although you don't find as much about Vedado as you do Old Havana, thats not to say it doesn't have its own personality and charm. It's also less "tidied up" for the tourists too, so you will see a more unvarnished side of Havana. Enjoy, but make sure you have a comfy pair of shoes on!

Excellent Colors68

“Beautiful area ”
This is among the most beautiful areas in Havana, the buildings are mainly from the 1900 on with a french style, lots of green areas and wide streets, it is cleaner that other parts of Havana.

Excellent Flavia V

“One classic beighborhoos ”
This neighborhood is one of the classic places of Habana. Exploring it it's amazing. You have so many restaurants, clubs. The nightlife is amazing.. It's the center of the capital and certainly where the life is. Try the ice cream at Coopelia, walk down to El Malecon, sit down, enjoy a beer and the beauty of a Caribbean country full... More 

Excellent Jeikyfr

“Best neighborhood to stay in havana ”

Excellent MiguelLVargas

“Oh the houses! ”
The best way to wander and imagine this city's glorious past is to take a cab and just wander through all the streets that make up this neighbourhood. The houses, most of them housing embassies now, are more small palaces than anything else. A must see!

Excellent vance59

“Habitania Restaurant,Nuevo Vedado,Havana ”
this is the restaurant where i had the best meal of my holiday,thanks to Harold Bueno-Rangel( our guide) & his driver.it looks non-de-script from the outside,but the food is sensational.not very big,& on a small side street..but worth seeking out.

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