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Havana holidays in 2021
Crumbling yet beautiful architecture, lively street musicians and a mish-mash of cultural influences make holidays to Havana whirlwind adventures.
Havana holidays are in a league of their own! The capital city of Cuba appears suspended in time and is synonymous with rum cocktails, cigar shops and vibrant salsa dancing. History lovers will be in their element in Old Havana, a neighbourhood which feels like a living memorial to the city’s colonial era. Top that off with art museums, cocktail bars and vintage cars for an unforgettable trip.
Culture in Havana
Havana breaks give you the chance to immerse yourself in a melting pot of cultures. Spanish colonialism has left its mark in gorgeous Old Havana, plus you’ll find galleries packed with Caribbean artworks in Central Havana. Feeling peckish? Tempt your tastebuds with food from myriad continents.
Why book Havana holidays
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Follow Hemingway’s footsteps in La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita
Don’t miss out on the iconic Plaza de la Revolución
Sample the local food
Eat at a paladar (private restaurants) for the ultimate Cuban dining experience
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Walk down the Malecón, a sea wall that runs the length of the city
Top attractions to visit
See the Spanish colonial architecture in Old Havana & visit Museo de la Revolucion
Popular with couples
Take a ride through Havana in a classic Cuban car
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Top 5 things to do in Havana
Whether you want to tick off revolutionary landmarks or admire the city’s colonial architecture, there’s plenty to see on cheap holidays in Havana.
- Probably the most famous place in Havana is Plaza de la Revolución. The huge square is where Fidel Castro made many speeches during his presidency. Highlights include the government HQ and the Cuban Revolution memorials.
- One of the best ways to see Havana is in a classic car. Head to Plaza de la Revolución to find rows of 1950s cars in rainbow colours. Enjoy a chauffeur-driven tour of the sights or soak up ocean views as you cruise down the Malecon.
- Havana is a haven for art lovers. You’ll spot several galleries scattered across the city, including the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. It’s stuffed with spectacular works dating from the 17th century.
- Catedral de San Cristóbal dominates the city’s skyline. It was finished in 1777 and made from coral stone - you can even spot marine fossils in its exteriors! Fun fact: Christopher Columbus’ body was housed here until 1898 when it was transferred to Seville, Spain.
- Whether you want to learn about the history of cigar making or get to grips with Cuba’s naval heritage, there’s a museum for everyone in Havana.
Outdoor attractions in Havana
From a long seaside promenade to lush inner city parks, you’ll be spoilt for choice with outdoor activities on Havana holidays.
- The Malecon is one of the best places for a stroll in Havana. The 8 kilometre esplanade follows the coastline and takes you past numerous sights, including the Hotel Nacional and Castillo de la Real Fuerza.
- Balmy weather and the crystal clear Caribbean Sea makes Havana a great jumping off point for beach breaks. Discover serene sandy stretches just beyond the city, such as Playa Bacuranao and Playa Santa Maria del Mar.
- You’ll spot a handful of leafy parks in Havana. Parque Almendares is west of the necropolis and home to huge tropical trees and several striking sculptures of dinosaurs.
- For a day trip which combines fresh air with sightseeing, get up early to visit Viñales Valley. The UNESCO region is dotted with ancient karst rock formations and home to some of Cuba’s oldest tobacco plantations.
- Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta sits halfway around the Malecon and in the mouth of the harbour. Once used to protect the city, the 16th century castle is now a fantastic viewpoint.
Your Havana questions answered
Cuba has a sub-tropical climate, meaning temperatures are high all year round. If you’re keen to avoid the wet season, book your holiday to Havana between December and May.
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Prices last checked at 05:05 27 February 2021