3 Days in Havana
Things to do3 days in, the city that once was described as the "Paris of the Latin World". Before the fifties La Habana was the playground of the Rich and Famous.
It was the era of Julio Lobo, the richest Sugar baron, and the many hotels and casinos controlled by Meyer Lansky and the mafia, the days that billionaire Irenee Dupont de Nemours, lived on her private domain and famous artists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Louis Amstrong and others performed in the city.
Havana is a facinating city with beautiful buildings in decay but also wonderful renovations carried out with the support of the UNESCO World Heritage program.
The first DayThe city visit start at Parque Central, this is a large square that separates the Old City and Central Havana. In the middle of the park you see a large statue of José Marti, the National Hero of Cuba.
José Marti points with his finger to Old Havana, follow the direction to the corner of Obispo street and Avenida de Belgica.
At your righthand side you see the popular Hemingway hangout
"El Floridita" with overpriced daiquiri's.
Follow Obispo street, it's the main shopping street in Old Havana, with restaurants, bars, shops. Discover great bars like "Lluvia de Oro" and "La Casa del Escabeche".
Mark along the right side, hotel Ambos Mundos, where Hemingway stayed but also Farmacia Taquechel and the bakery San José near the hotel.
At the end of Obispo street at your left you see the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the it was once the residence of the Spanish military leaders. In front of you the nice "Plaza de Armas" with the second hand bookshops.
Make a stroll to the nearby Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Fransico de Asis and follow Brasil street to Plaza Veija (Old square). This place is a marvel and an wonderful example what renovation can do to an old square.
The renovation is funded by the Unesco World Heritage fund. A must is a visit to Taberna La Muralla (at the corner) here you can drink the best beer in town, straight from their own brewery, they also serve great snack for lunch.
Visit the nearby Avenida del Puerto and the street market near Plaza de la Catedral.
Time for a mojito in the bar Dos Hermanos (Two Brothers) that claims to be the oldest bar in Havana.
The Second dayWe start again at Parque Central now going to the left side you see the Capitolio, an exact copy of the Capitol in Washington, at the intersection of Amistad and Dragones streets you will find the Bario Chino, once the largest China town in Latin America. Return to Parque Central at the right side you will find the Paseo del Prado, a great promenade heading to the sea and the Havana Malecon.
A little further you find the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and the Museo de la Revolucion with the Granma Memorial and the Russian missiles used during the Cuba crisis.
The Third dayVisit to the tourist attractions in the Vedado district. The places of interest are the University, the cine Yara and the ice parlour Coppelia, at the 23th street, the Cementerio Colon, Plaza de la Revolucion, with the José Marti statue and Che Guevara Memorial.
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Cost of living
2-3 Cuc (shop price 1.25 -1.50 Cuc)
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