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Description Interesting Places: Cojimar Town, Havana . Cuba
Cojimar is a charming fishing village, a 10 minutes ride away from Havana and one can say that is not only part of the city but as well a place apart. Situated on shore of a little bay and a river with the same name it has some very nice houses, especially the wooden ones and a XVII century castle designed by Antonelli. Since decades, Cojímar has been famous for being the place where Hemingway used to live: where his yacht Pilar has been anchored and where the main character of his novel “the old man and the sea”, transformed into a film staring Spencer Tracy, has come from. A sculpture of the old Ernest, an art work created by Bustos and paid for by the people of the area, prevails its main square.
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Cojimar Town 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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Cojimar is located on the east of the city, on the other side of the Havana bay, just across the tunnel. This is the fishing town where Ernest Hemingway kept his boat, the Pilar. After his death, the fishermen donated brass boat fittings which were melted down to create Papa’s bust. Here you will also find the famous restaurant “Las Terrazas de Cojimar” and one of the fortified towers that formed part of the defensive system built by the spanish colonizers, similar to the one located at the Almendares River outlet, on the limits between Vedado and Miramar. The “Complejo Turístico Panamericano” or Pan-American Tourist Complex is located at the place known as Villa Panamericana or Pan-American Village, built in 1991 for accommodating the sportsmen that participated on the 1991 Pan-American Games. Part of the buildings was kept as part of a complex of hotel and apartments for rent and the rest was given to the local citizens as private houses. We recomend you visiting one night this charming small and quite town, buying a beer, a coke or an ice cream at the Infotur (bar-cafeteria) and enjoy them sitting on the Malecon de Cojimar, located right across the street, breathing the fresh air that blows from the sea.