Top Places for Art and Cultural Activities in Havana
1. Plaza De La Revolucion, Havana
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Havana’s most prominent and historically significant square and a symbol of its great revolution, the Plaza De La Revolucion is a must visit for Cuban history lovers because this is where Cubans fought there inspiring battle against the dictators, Batista’s tyrannical rule. Local guides give you an interesting narrative of the revolution as you walk around while also taking in the Jose Marti Memorial, the statue of Fidel Castro and the Che Guevara’s mural in the plaza.
2. Plaza De La Catedral, Havana
Located outside the Havana Catedral, the Plaza de la Catedral is ideal for a spending a quiet afternoon, simply lazing around. The church’s gorgeous baroque façade is interesting. Just walk around the square or sip a drink at any of the cafes and bars in the area. Its old world charm will enchant you.
3. El Morro Or Morro Castle, Havana
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Also called El Morro, the Castillo el Morro lighthouse stands tall on the Havana coast and has a historical significance. Stand on the top and get some stunning views of the harbor and the sprawling city below. Enjoy the fresh sea-breeze and feel rejuvenated. Great for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers. Moreover, the art market close to it is also worth visiting.
4. Castillo De La Real Fuerza, Havana
Known as the Castle of the Royal Force, it’s one of Havana’s notable historic buildings of Cuba and located on the shore. It resembles an ancient and formidable fortress with a museum that displays several artefacts from the sea including treasures from shipwrecks retrieved by divers. Take a guide to explain the area’s glorious marine history.
5. Plaza De La Catedral Artisan Market, Havana
Its beautiful artisan market is a must visit for art and culture lovers. Pick up some exquisite lacework, paper mache figurines, drawings, sketches, oil paintings and jewelry. Comes alive every day with the true Cuban sights and sounds.
6. Bacardi Building, Havana
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Primarily an official building, it was constructed in 1930 and is an excellent sample of period architecture. Its intricately designed exterior speaks of pure Art Deco architecture with a tower on top. The building is reddish in color and gives out a sort of rustic look. The view from the top tower is breathtaking.
7. Callejon De Hamel, Havana
This colorful and narrow alley is famous for its street art with unusual bath tub and hand pump sculptures also on sale. A truly vibrant part of Havana, Callejon De Hamel is all about two blocks of mosaics, paintings and other art forms. Participate in its rumba sessions on Sunday afternoons or watch children participate in local art programs. Truly enchanting!
8. El Capitolio Havana Or National Capitol Building, Havana
El Capitolio is one of Havana’s most beautiful national buildings. It houses the Cuban government’s offices and its domed structure is truly a sight to behold. Its interiors are equally fascinating, particularly the “La Estatua de la República” sculpture on display, which incidentally is also the world’s 3rd largest statue to be kept inside any building. Marvel at the carved sprawling hallways and interior decoration as you stroll around.
9. Gran Teatro, Havana
A great destination for theatre lovers, the Gran Teatro is an imposing and beautiful building with its grand hall and stunning front façade. Even architecture lovers would be pleased to take in the building and music and dance lovers would surely be mesmerized by the performances of the Cuban National Ballet. For performing arts lovers, watching a ballet or musical performance here is highly recommended.
10. Playa Jaimanitas, Havana
Get a taste of Cuban rural life at the Playa Jaimanitas, a fishing village, decorated with a plethora of colorful and quirky Cuban artworks. Enjoy the wonderful mosaics, the vibrant color bursts at every street corner or even buy artworks to take back home as souvenirs. Great for visiting in the evenings because of its bustling nightlife.
11. Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, Havana
One of Havana’s most notable Baroque style tourist sites, the Palace on Plaza De Armas was the erstwhile headquarters of the Spanish generals ruling Cuba. Its architecture not only enchants the viewer but the historical Spanish artifacts on display are of great interest to history lovers also.
12. Iglesia Del Santo Angel Custodio, Havana
One of Havana’s oldest churches, it has been extensively restored. This white giant of Old Havana is surely a place of interest with its imposing Gothic facade and sharp arches that give it a fairytale castle-like look. For the spiritually inclined, a mass is held every day at 9:00 am
13. Colon Cemetery Or Necropolis Cristobal, Havana
Colon Cemetery, also called Necropolis Christobal or the Columbus Cemetery is Havana’s city of the dead. Its flawless architecture comprising straight pathways that lead you to some beautiful graves with carved sculptures which are worth seeing. The sheer peace and tranquility are comforting. It is also the final resting abode for some of Cuba’s most famous residents.
14. Partagas Cigar Factory Or Fabrica De Tabaco Partagas, Havana
One cannot think of Cuba without its world-famous cigars. So at any cost, you must experience its cigar culture by visiting the Fabrica De Tabaco Partagas to simply watch the intricate process of cigar manufacturing as also cigarette making. There are smoking sessions and a boutique to buy some of your favorite cigars to take back home as well.
15. Museo De La Revolucion, Havana
This museum honors the Cuban revolution, the country’s most important historical incident. The museum is located in the old Presidential Palace and showcases guns used by Cuban hero and President later, Fidel Castro and the gold telephone used by former President, Fulgencio Batista, to name a few.