Discover Havana, Cuba

Havana is the capital of the Republic of Cuba and its biggest city, economic and cultural center as well as the main tourist destination. The architectural, cultural and historical heritage of Havana is strongly linked to the fusion of diverse cultures: Europeans, African and Aborigines, besides contemporary components that transform this city into an important receptor of international tourism.

Havana was founded in 1515 as San Cristóbal de la Habana and in 1592 got the title of city by Philip II due to the fact that the island was part of Spanish Crown. Havana was a very important port as all kinds of boats from America heading to Europe came here, carrying war materials from the New World, getting for this the title of “Key of the New World and Antemural of the West Indies”.

After the Revolution in 1959, some important social transformations were made and since 1990 the tourist services have increased and improved, becoming in just five years the biggest national source of incomes and transformed into an important tourist center full of cultural richness and impressive landscapes.

The weather of Havana is tropical, however in winter the temperatures usually drop. The rainy season is on September and October. The geographic position makes this destination available at any time of the year.

Havana has traditions, museums and institutions considered invaluable for humanity. Here you’ll find interesting museums, impressive restoration works and a wide musical culture from street artists to cabaret. Once you arrive in Havana you will be astonished at how the daily life in this city passes, the daily life of the locals is undoubtedly an attraction of Havana as well.

Its city architecture shows the cultural influences that this city has received since its foundation; it enriches with luxury facades from the Colonial time on its castles and fortresses; the neoclassic-style in the urban features of the city; also the essence of Art Noveau in churches, buildings and the Central Stations of Railway. Havana was part of the revolution that led to the implementation of modern buildings that changed the aerial view of the city.

Cuba is considered one of the countries that promote culture. Particularly, Havana hosts several cultural events of international levels. The city also has Casa de las Americas, a unit that is in charge of promoting art and literature in the Spanish speaking countries. Another attraction is the lively nightlife, which is conjugated with the joyful musical culture.

To welcome tourism, Havana has the International Airport José Martí with directs flights from Europe, North America and Latin America; also the terminal 1 has commercial flights with nationals destinations. Besides, it has an important network of bus services that connect the city with other important destinations. If you get by sea, Havana’s Bay will gladly receive you, also has an important Cruise Terminal.

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