Monuments, Fortresses, Squares and Parks
Castle of Salvador de la Punta
It stands at the entrance to the Port of Havana, twinned with the Castle of the Three Kings of the Hill and the Castle of the Real Force, forming part of the defensive system of Havana. After a capital repair at the end of the 20th century, the San Salvador de La Punta Museum was installed in the Castle. It was declared in 1982 a World Heritage Site.
Avenida del Puertost and Prado st, Old Havana.
Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabaña
The Cabin served as a prison and its moats sites for executions. In the twentieth century it lost its defensive character and served as a warehouse, troops and prison. It has a Weapons Museum and is the venue for cultural and recreational activities, including the Cannon Shot Ceremony at 9 pm.
East Bank of the entrance channel to the Bay of Havana
It was founded in the late sixteenth century, but it was not until the seventeenth century that it became one of the main squares of the city for its commercial and social activity (festivals and religious celebrations). It constitutes a place of great value and tourist interest, It is surrounded by the Camera Obscura, the headquarters of the Fondo de Bienes Culturales, a small brewery and the Hotel Conde de Villanueva.
San Ignacio street between Teniente Rey and Muralla, Old Havana.
San Francisco de Asís Square
The Plaza inherited its name from the primitive convent of this order that was raised at one end in the late sixteenth century. In 1628 it became the main center of the village's activity. In the twentieth century it witnessed transformations and its space enjoyed better expansion and brilliance.
Empedrado between San Ignacio and Mercaderes st, Old Havana.
Main Square (Plaza de Armas)
First place erected in the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana and its functions were commercial and public. Today is the heart of the ancient city. Tacónst between Obispo and O'Reilly st, Old Havana.
Templete (Small Temple)
Located in the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). It has historical character and is a World Heritage Site. It was the scene of the first mass and cabildo, held under the leafy tree called ceiba (Silk-Cotton Tree). Every year on the eve of November 16, when the city was founded, the place witnesses the pilgrimage of hundreds of habaneros who have three laps to the Ceiba and put coins into their roots, while in silence they make a wish.
Baratillo st and O'Reilly, Old Havana.
It integrates a set of elegant mansions of the aristocracy of the time, maximum expression of the baroque period of the colonial architecture that with its religious solemnities characterized the place. It has been the scene of various events of a historical, political and social nature. Considered the most attractive and harmonious of the continent.
Empedradost between San Ignacio and Mercaderes, Old Havana
Built in 1959, with the name of Civic Plaza, it has a base in the form of a star with a 109-meter-high obelisk with a viewpoint that constitutes the highest point in the city. On its forehead stands a marble statue of our national hero José Martí.
At its base is the José Martí Memorial, dedicated to deepening the life and work of the master. In one of its four rooms, political-cultural activities are developed.
Ave de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Boyeros, Plaza of the Revolution.
Paseo del Prado
Originally called Alameda de Extramuros or Isabel II. Built in 1772. In it there are 8 statues of lions, made of bronze that seem to guard the walk. During its tour we can see the Fraternity Park (Parque de la Fraternidad), the Great Theater of Havana and at the end the ruins of the old Jail Building.
It extends from the Fountain of India and Parque de la Fraternidad to Malecón.
It is surrounded by 3 traditional hotels: England, Plaza and Telegrafo. In its center is the first statue erected to José Martí in 1905, the work of the Cuban sculptor José Villalta Saavedra built in Carrara marble. One of the busiest places for habaneros because of its leafy trees and palm trees.
Located in the space of 3 colonial squares and the Paseo del Prado.Old Havana
National Botanical Garden
The dream of building a green cathedral in the Cuban capital was a reality when this beautiful garden opened its doors to the public on March 24, 1984.
Natural exhibition center, shows part of the Cuban flora and the rest of the tropics of the world. It constitutes an educational, scientific and recreational institution with pavilions of exhibitions, laboratories, nurseries, a herbarium and an eco restaurant.
Located in Carretera del Rocío, kilometer 31/2, Arroyo Naranjo
Forest of Havana
Project carried out by the French urban planner Jean Claude Nicolás Forrestier in the 20s. Currently, it is part of a huge project called Metropolitan Park, covers a territory of 678 hectares and includes the municipalities Plaza de la Revolución, Playa, Cerro and Marianao. It has a variety of botanical species and is considered the green lung of the city.
Located on the banks of the Almendares River.
Plaza of the Revolution.
It has an extension of 745 hectares. It is a popular site mainly on weekends and in the months of July and August.
It offers possibilities for cycling, riding, riding a steam locomotive or enjoying a picnic in the shade of leafy framboyanes. Founded in 1972, it has restaurants, spots for sale of light foods, amusement park, swimming pools, Cuban rodeo area and art galleries among other facilities.
Locatedon Calle 100 and Cortina de la Presa, Arroyo Naranjo
Other sites of interest
Cristobal Colon Cemetery.
With sidewalks, streets and roads listed, provides the visitor with access. Filled with famous sculptures, it lacks one for which its name was given. This Necropolis is full of curious epitaphs, myths and legends such as La Milagrosa. Calle Zapata y 12, Vedado, Plaza de La Revolución.
Urban strip located in the most central area of the city. Its name comes defined by the inclination that this street takes in its five blocks, from L and 23 to Malecón. Its sidewalks show paintings by Cuban artists of recognized international prestige, so it becomes a traveling museum. Encouraged in its trajectory by a group of cultural, recreational and catering facilities.
23 street, Vedado, Plaza de La Revolución.
University of Havana
Also known as the 'Pyrotechnics League', with 17 faculties and 15 municipal seats. 32 degree courses are studied.
San Lázaro and L. Street, Plaza de La Revolución.
The Malecón Habanero
One of the most popular avenues in all of Havana. Ideal place especially at the time of sunset, provides spectacular views to all those who visit.
North coast of the city.
The most elegant route of Havana. It has become an ideal area for tourist leisure, with numerous hotels, restaurants, showrooms and shops selling local and international products.
Partagás Tobacco Factory
Its construction responds to the boom experienced by the tobacco industry in the second half of the 20th century.
Industry Street No. 520betweenDragones and Barcelona, Centro habana
The National Capitol
Majestic neoclassical building, marks kilometer 0 of the roads of the country. The statue of the Republic of Cuba that exhibits is the largest in the world under the roof.
Calle Paseo between Dragones and San Martín st., Old Havana.
Art and Craft Fair San José
Next to the Havana coast, they opened their doors to lovers of handicrafts. The artisans of the city have an ideal place to exhibit and market their works.
Avenida del Puerto Street, in front of the Church of Paula.
With a capacity for 1000 spectators. There are underwater dolphin exhibitions with harmonic demonstrations between dolphins and their trainers.
3rd Avebetween 60 and 62 st,