Havana's Malecon is a corner over 8 kilometers long along the coast north of the Cuban city. You can take a walk beside the ocean, from Habana Vieja to the mouth of the river Almendrales. It is an essential visit for tourists, but also of Havana and Havana, setting a steady stream of people. To walk the stretch comprising the boardwalk there is a view of that part of the island. Across the 6-lane avenue, which run the most diverse means of transport (from bicycles to cars taxi Soviets, coco-taxis and horse carts) are majestic pre-revolutionary buildings with a style that permeates the island, and especially Havana. The Malecon is closed to the ocean by a wall that blocks the waves, but on rare occasions it can not contain the waves, and they break and eventually overwhelm the wall wetting passers . In addition, the tour allows you to see the main arteries of the city, leading to the Malecon, such as the Castillo de la Real Fuerza in Havana, Hotel Nacional, or the peculiar seat of the U.S. interests office, surrounded by posters complaint. The Malecon began in the 20th century, and continued through the 50s.
I went to Havana with my family and grandparents this past summer! it was an amazing trip! We took a tour bus to old Havana and surrounding areas. This is by far my favourite picture. This is my nonna. She is the backbone behind my dads side of the family! at almost 80, she still does all the cleaning, cooking and still manages to make the best food I've ever had!
If you like historical monuments, be sure to visit this place where you can see 2 giant sculptural wonders: Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos made of steel. They are very impressive by day, but at night they look much more interesting, because they are light and can be seen from from away, and you will see how the light catches their faces. You may want to contact Enrique Avila, the author of these works ve also is a painter, via email: Eavila@cubarte.Cult.Cu to get more information or better insight.
When you get to the Viñales Valley you're surprised by the amazing nature, mountains, and the contrast with the landscape you've seen since Havana. It is in the province of Pinar del Rio, and the most important town is Viñales. Outstanding sites include: the Indian Cave, the mural of prehistory, and the Lookout Valley.
I have been to many beaches around the world and in my opinion the three best are the Seven Milles (Cayman Island), White Beach of Boracay (Philippines), and this one, Varadero. All three have white coral sand, but Varadero offers something special. I was there for the first time 12 years ago, and it was almost deserted. I went back this year and there are more hotels, and also more Cubans. Today, Cubans have more freedom, which they didn't have 12 years ago, when, for example, they were prohibited from being on the beach. For me, this as a shame because this beach is like paradise. I love the beach and I'm a passionate sea lover. I now prefer the beach to the mountains and this beach is one of my favourites. It has white sand and turquoise water, and it's ideal for a stroll. All the photos are accessible from my Facebook link and I hope you like them like I like them, and then you can decide for yourself.
The Capitolio Nacional in Havana is a majestic building located in the most central part of the Cuban capital. The building´s construction dates back to 1910, which was not without controversy, as it was thought to be the seat of the House of Representatives but, on occasion, some presidents tried to change the project in order to build a presidential palace. Finally, the Capitol is a multipurpose space that gathers from a cybercafe to monumental rooms where assemblies are held, as well as meetings and conventions. It is also home to the Ministry of Science and Environment, and a library. Visiting this place is a must if you should be lucky enough to have the opportunity to pass through Havana. A trick, if it fits: say you want to go to the bathroom and all you'll have to pay to enter the building will be the money for the ladies which are usually found on the door of every bathroom in the country in order to keep them clean.
Although during the day it is full of people, music and atmosphere, and you must visit it in order to see the palaces and to enter the cathedral, at night it gets prettier when the music is best enjoyed sitting in the middle of the square sipping rum and listening to the music. If they play the Chan Chan, it´s an absolute pleasure.
It is an alley situated in the city of Havana. It has a concentration of African American Art: Walls graffiti, sculptures, paintings ... And once again you will be surrounded by Cubans, which always brightens my day. I went there on a horse cart, so it´s not difficult to find it because all Cubans know of it.
This is a military fortress located at the entrance to the Bay of Santiago de Cuba. It was constructed by the Spanish to defend against piracy, and it is now a World Heritage Site, and home to the museum of piracy.
This monument is located n the center of the Revolution Square monument. It is 138,5 meters high, and it is the tallest structure in Havana. In front of it there is a marble statue which is 17 feet high, of a sitting Martí, who is thinking. There is also a museum in the monument, about the last word of Marti in Cuba-and a viewpoint of 129 meters (they charge you € 1.75) with views over the city. At the time of our visit a tribute to the revolutionary act was being celebrated, so we did not get much how we wanted, especially to see inside the museum and climb the tower. The next time ...
Trinidad is world heritage site that was named by UNESCO, and walking through its streets you can see why. It is worth spending a few days in this city, staying in a private house, and discovering its streets, and watching a salsa show, or going to one of the concerts in the church square.
Designed in 1559, the Old Town Square is the most architecturally eclectic square in Havana, with Baroque rubbing shoulders with Gaudi-inspired Art Nouveau. Originally called Plaza Nueva, it was used for military exercises before being converted into an outdoor market. During the Batista regime, an ugly underground parking lot was built, but it was demolished in 1996 to make way for a huge renovation project. Dotted with bars, restaurants and cafes, today the Plaza has its own microbrewery, a beautiful fountain, and even a primary school.
Founded in 1515 and, because of its geographical situation, the capital of Cuba until 1556. To this bay came the first black slaves to Cuba and with them an essential component of the Cuban nationality with its strong African and Spanish roots. Santiago de Cuba lives with the sea and mountains, limited by the huge bay and on land by the Sierra Maestra. This provides its hot and humid climate. The old town is characterized by steep streets leading down to the bay (and up, which is worse). The newest area has beautiful buildings, Baroque headquarters and consulates. Walking around Santiago can be a little cramped, people come up to you to take you to different sites. There's fairly continuous harassment. Perhaps its best to accept a "guide". If you're driving around with him, others leave you alone.
The Paseo del Prado, is on a street in Havana. On Avenida del Prado you can find 8 statues with figures of lions, made of bronze which seem to guard the attraction. "The history of the Lions tour." Havana was the most important town of Spain in the New World, so it was necessary to protect it against pirates. Spain decided to strengthen the bay and bought guns to protect and defend the people. During the neocolonial stage, the guns were no longer needed and so they were melted and used to create the sculptures of lions. In 1928, the President of Cuba commissioned the French sculptor Jean Puiforcat and fellow Cuban sculptor and bronze caster expert Juan Comas to create the lions to be placed along the Paseo. The Lions remain there.
Morro Castle is the most well-known building in Havana, capital of the Republic of Cuba. It was built as the city's defense. Now it's a museum that includes a complex of colonial buildings. There's a "Cannon Shot Ceremony" every day at 21:00, a tradition that closed the old city gates.
Treasure Lake is located in the Guamá tourist centre on the Zapata Peninsula. It is 16 square km in area and is 4km wide at its widest point. At its centre it is six meters deep on average. In connection with its name, it has been claimed that the Ciboney Indians and the chiefs of Yaguarama and Hanábana indians came to this place to give water as offerings to the gods, and the gold that the conquistadors had so eagerly sought. It is assumed this is the reason it began to be identified as Laguna del Tesoro (Lake of Treasure).
This Cathedral is located in a corner of Parque Céspede. It was modeled after many other cities planned by the Spanish, in the same central square was the seat of government (in this case the House Diego Velázquez) and the headquarters of the Church, the Cathedral of the city. In the case of Santiago, and because of a long succession of earthquakes and pirate attacks, the cathedral you can admire today is the fourth that stands in the city, a beautiful nineteenth century building. The views of the cathedral from the terrace of the Hotel Casa Granda are simply fantastic.
This tour was one of the highlights of my life - perfect for animal lovers. Dolphins in the open sea, following by snorkeling in a beautiful reef. Finally, you can spend the afternoon on the paradise beach eating lobster.