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Parque Central Parks, Havana . Cuba

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  • Parque Central, Centro Habana, Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
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A real haven in the city, the Parque Central offers an important place to escape the traffic and city noise, growing to its present-day size in the latter part of the 19th century, following the removal of the city walls. Central Park is based within Old Havana and is the main park to head to for relaxation and a picnic. The park lies at the western edge of this historical district and is on par with El Malecon for people-watching. There are museums, colonial buildings, top hotels and walking paths galore. Particularly notable is the Jose Marti statue, the Centro Gallego, the 2000-seater Gran Teatro de La Habana (Grand Theatre), and the very unusual Esquina Caliente - a corner where crowds gather to debate baseball.

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Parque Central 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 Parks: Parque Central
Poor The_real_reesey

“Doesn't really justify a review ”
It's just a large traffic island. It has a small monument,a few trees and a few benches. At no point do you escape the noise of the traffic. If your hotel isn't near by don't make the effort to go here.

Average Viggotje

“Grand name for small, but nice park ”
Just across from the nice Hotel Iberostar Parque Central this small park is a relaxation area for locals and tourists alike. At one end there is a long line of vintage convertibles lined up for a scenic drive of Havana - or just to be used as a normal taxi. From the central park you can easily access Obispo, the... More 

Very good Sissy M

“Take a rest! ”
It is positioned on the right spot: there, where you really need the time to rest under a tree, away from all the city heat. Opposite the Capitolio, you can find some peace away from all the city buzz.

Very good r00m_with_a_view

“Parque Central review of the park not the Hotel ”
The Parque central is a small quiet oasis just a short walk from the busy Obispo street and the even busier Floridita bar. It's a great place to sit and people watch, and OK you do get hassled but a cheery " No gracias" is usually enough to be left alone !! There are always classic cars parked outside the... More 

Very good diane65Staffordshire

“My trip to Havana ”
Having just got back from Havana I thought I would share my review of the city and hotel. After landing early it then turned into a nightmare unfortunately there just happened to be 2 international planes landed at the same time going through border control was a breeze, just over 2 hours we waited for our cases then you have... More 

Excellent Colors68

“Right in the Middle of Havana ”
The Central Park as it is in the name is in Central Havana, it divides the old Havana area from Central Havana. Close to hotels, bars, museums, restaurants, surrounded by trees and benches that will help you take a break from the heat in your walking around Havana. Lots of cubans like to go there to discuss about baseball and... More 

Excellent Rena B

“Yes for old nice cars! ”
This is the place to take the old nice cabrio car :) 25 CUC for an hour! (any car) Enjoy the tour and control the timing :)

Excellent Mary38677

“Good place to see people enjoying themselves ”
This park was close by to our hotel of the same name ,so it was easy to get to and enjoy .It was like being in an old American movie with all the classic cars .

Excellent DRM55

“amazing old cars and the heart of habana vieja ”
Simply sit at the terrace of the Telegraph and watch busy cosmopolitan Havana's theater of life. It's a continual stage!

Excellent eastmagicmountainman

“Stop by the "hot corner" of the Parque Central ”
If you speak/understand Spanish, drop by this area of the Parque Central (recongized by a big gaggle of men wildly genticulating) to overhear heated debates about baseball. Also, in the heat of the day, just hang out in the shade, on a bench benneath, and take in the passing scene. You might be hassled by jinatero/as; just be firm in... More 

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