Old Havana City Tour
Discover the "Must-see places"
City Trip 1
The departure point of this trip is Parque Central, at the statue of José Marti the Cuban hero, freedom fighter and poet who wrote the words of the well-known song “Guantanamera.”
As you continue your walk through the street, at the left hand side you pass the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. This Palace was built for the Spanish Army Leader, and it now houses the Havana Town Museum. At the end of the Obispo Street you see a beautiful square, “Plaza de Armas,” a historical landmark.
At the opposite side to the square is the Hotel Santa Isabel, and left of the hotel is the Church El Templete. Near this place is a tree where, according to historians, Havana was founded. Opposite El Templete, across O’Reilly Street, is the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a 16th century castle which is one of the oldest buildings in Havana. You’ll find the Palacio del Segundo Cabo, formerly the residence of the Spanish governor, now used as the Cuban Library, next to the Castillo.
Make a right to the Plaza de la Catedral, on which the Catedral de San Cristobal is located. The church is a national monument and considered as one of the finest Baroque style buildings in Latin America.
Follow calle Empedrado to the Bodegita del Medio (Empedrado Street nº 207). This restaurant & bar is famous for its Mojito cocktail and was one of Hemingway’s favourites. A lot of famous people left their signatures behind on the wall. The Bodegita is a real tourist magnet, complete with expensive cocktails.
At the end of the Obispo Street at your right hand side you see the Plaza San Francisco de Assisi and the Convento (the Convent). One block behind the Convent you find
Plaza Vieja (Old Square),
a pleasant place with many renovated old buildings.
By now you will be thirsty, so go straight to the Taberna La Muralla at the corner of Plaza Vieja.
Drink a beer, it’s the best you can get in town. In the backside of the tavern you can visit the brewery installations.
Return to the Plaza San Francisco and at the waterfront you see the Terminal Sierra Maestra where cruise ships come to dock. Opposite the Terminal is the Museo del Ron (Rum Museum). Here you get an overview of the “Havana Club” rum brands. If you want to know more about the production methods of rum, book a guided tour.
Fifty meters further on you can visit the bar Dos Hermanos (Two Brothers Bar), another landmark in Old Havana. The bar claims to be the oldest in the city, and you’re surely will enjoy their Cuba Libre or Mojito cocktails.
Our trip through the Old city district ends at this point. There’s a lot more you can do, but this overview covers the most important places to see in Old Havana.