Tailor Made Holidays in Havana
Any visit to Cuba should include a stop over in a Havana hotel. The capital of Cuba is a vibrant and bustling city with a strong sense of its history. The majority of Havana hotels we feature are set in or close to Old Havana, the historic centre of the city. Wandering the cobbled streets of the old town, you have a feeling that you have stepped back in time, as much of this area retains its colonial charm and many buildings have been restored to their original grandeur.
Those on holiday in Havana should take time to visit the Cathedral de San Cristobal, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales or perhaps stopping off for mojito at the bar Bodeguito del Medio or for a daiquiri at the Havana Floridita bar – both old haunts of Ernest Hemingway.
Outside of the old town, there is plenty to see for Havana holiday makers. Around Havana’s Parque Central area (set next to Old Havana) are further beautiful examples of architecture, including the Capitiolio building (a replica of the Capital building in Washington DC) and the the beautiful Gran Teatro, still used for ballet and opera performances. The Partagas cigar factory is set behind the Capitolio building and makes an interesting visit for cigar smokers, giving an insight into how this Cuban tradition has been maintained. If you are staying at either the Saratoga or Iberostar Parque Central, then you have the added luxury of being able to take in a view of the Parque Central area from the rooftop pool area of your Havana hotel.
Other places of interest near to Old Havana are the Museum of the Revolution and the National Museum of Fine Arts, again both a short walk away from the old town, and close to Havana’s Hotel Sevilla. A lengthier tour will also take in the more modern Havana, and include a visit to Revolution Square and the Miramar district of Havana.
The Malecon road winds along the coast of Havana and makes a beautiful drive. In the evening the Malecon makes a busy meeting place for local people, and makes for a wonderful romantic Havana holiday hot spot as you view the sun setting over the dilapidated buildings along the shore, with waves crashing gently over the seawall.
To make the most of your holiday to Havana we recommend that you take a guided tour, which can be booked with our representatives.
There is a vast choice of evening entertainment for Havana’s holiday makers with a range of restaurant options, salsa bars, and cabaret shows. Many of Havana’s hotels have their own restaurants, some specialising in a particular type of food. The Hotel Valencia Havana is famous for it’s paella, while the tapas at the Hotel El Comendador is popular with guests. Larger 5* hotels in Havana feature international cuisine with a variety of menu options.
A holiday to Havana is a great way of mixing up the `real Cuba’ with the sights, sounds and experiences that make Cuba a world class holiday destination. To discuss a tailor made itinerary with our experts, call us on 01438 419111.