We all know Havana is the capital of Cuba, a metropolitan hub of tourists, beautiful buildings and classic vintage cars. Havana is bustling and busy with interesting sights on every turn.
To go to Cuba and not visit Havana would be a crime, but there is certainly more to Cuba than Havana, so I would suggest spreading your time so that you get to see a few different parts of the island.
Photography buffs will be in heaven in Havana and Cuba in general as there’s never a dull moment. The modern seeps through the vintage, the energy is high and salsa swirls around the sounds of heavy baselines coming from the back street in the evenings.
The London of Cuba perhaps – bright lights, fast cars, bars, clubs and restaurants, a tourist hub that never seems to sleep.
Havana is about as individual as you can get, it doesn’t seek to conform to any forced image, it is comfortable in itself with a take it or leave it vibe.
The presidential election will be concluded here at the Gran Teatro de La Habana, Great Theatre of Havana which looks stunning both day and night, just across the road from the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel
Dinner at this little restaurant – humbly and locally run.
Fancy and very chewy fish
The waitress that served us really made me laugh – after she put the change down on the table following payment, I was looking at the change (eyeing up the notes to inspect whether it was right) when she came swiftly back to the table and pretty much grabbed the saucer out of my hand whilst smiling broadly and nodding at me – I was still seated at the table finishing my drink but she wasn’t going to let me put any of that change back in my purse, that’s for sure. If there was an oscar for boldness I’d have given it to that waitress, though I probably wouldn’t have laughed if this had happened in the UK (just being honest).
Cubans don’t really do ‘bland’, colour and decor is injected into everything.
Amidst the decay cries a beauty that once was…and a beauty that still is
She has a great view of the city up there
Time for lunch….
Ironically, our tour group had a lunch in this private room in a Havana restaurant (I forget the name) after a quick salsa lesson, note the clocks on the wall. We ate in a room where time stands still, whilst applying the same sentiment to Cuba itself – a place where time appears to have stood still in many ways; a visit to Cuba feels very much like stepping back in time.
Cuban singers at lunch
Time standing still in Cuba
Another restaurant we sampled was the El Tocororo restaurant, probably one of the quirkiest restaurants I’ve ever been in, with walls covered in hand written messages on plaques and retro furniture all over the place.
Most of the artists and sellers have packed up their wares for the day
Good night Havana
Old Havana is especially known for it’s striking architecture, historical monuments and has been declared to be a world national heritage site.
Cuba’s architecture stands tall, proud and vibrant – just like its people.
Basilica Menor de San Fransisco de Asis
With every turn I’d see something eye-catching, interesting or photo-worthy.
Plaza de Armas
Havana’s oldest plaza full of restaurants and activity.
Plaza de la Catedral
Just taking it easy at the Plaza de Armas
I think this little guy got himself an official security job.
Palacio de los Capitanes (General Captain’s Palace)
Moods of the Malecon
Pictures taken whilst speeding by the Malecon – the pictures speak for themselves in terms of the weather and the mood of the sky at the time.