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Exploring Havana

Havana, formerly known as the City of Havana, is the current capital city of the Republic of Cuba and at the same time one of the fifteen Cuban provinces. Havana is the most populated city in Cuba and in the entire insular Caribbean, with a population of more than two million people.

Founded in the spring of 1514, further south, under the name of San Cristóbal de La Habana, Havana is the main center of the nation’s political, economic, and socio-cultural life, hosting the offices of the government and the Cuban Communist Party, as well as the country’s main cultural and scientific institutions.


La Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana, was founded in the name of the King and Queen of Spain on November 16, 1519. Its name comes from the fusion of the name of the saint chosen as patron saint, San Cristóbal, and the name by which he was known in his first settlements: Havana

The current capital city -whose genesis is in the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana, settled for the third and definitive occasion next to the bay of Havana, and that in its excessive growth towards the west, south and east, other settlements were annexed between the XVI and XX centuries-, constitutes a great metropolitan urban nucleus. Some of the territories that integrate it had reached titles of city or villa: Marianao, Guanabacoa, Regla. Others were typified as towns, villages or hamlets, being united to the city by means of new localities called neighborhoods, distributions or communities.

Mains Sights

    • Havana´s Capitolio
    • Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña
    • Castillo del Morro
    • Cementerio de Colón
    • La Calle 23 en el Vedado
    • Ciudad Deportiva
    • Plaza Vieja,  Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís
    • El Templete
    • El Malecon
    • Calle Obispo
    • Paseo del Prado
    • Old Havana
    • Fabrica de Arte Cubano
    • Fusterlandia
    • Playas del Este: Playa Santa María del Mar, Playa de Guanabo
    • Hotel Nacional
    • Marina Hemingway
    • Baracoa: Playa de Jaimanitas, Playa de Jaimanitas, Playa de El Rincón
    • Fabrica de Tabaco Partagás (Pinar del Rio)
    • La Bodeguita del Medio y El Floridita
    • Museo Havana Club
    • Castillo de la Real Fuerza de la Habana
    • Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta
    • Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro

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