Both a destination and starting point, Havana is an unprecedented city, old and new, unique and unusual. Unlike many cities, Havana understands how to preserve its architectural heritage and its colonial past. The famous Havana vieja (Old Havana), where the city began more than five centuries ago, is one of the best preserved architectural ensembles of the Americas. Its historic urban center and its system of fortifications were declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1982.
Castillo del Morro – Picturesque fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay.
La Cabaña Fortress – Located on the east side of the Havana bay. Constructed with El Morro in the 18th century by the Spanish colony.
Malecon – The avenue that runs along the seawall of the northern shore of Havana. It forms the southern boundary of Old Havana, Centro, and Vedado.
El Capitolio – National capitol building styled after the U.S. Capitol.
Museo de la Revolución – The Museum of the Revolution is located in the former Presidential Palace.
Plaza de la Revolución – Revolution Square is one of the 4 main squares of Havana.
El Tropicana – Tropical cabaret with an almost 80 year old history.
Necropolis Cristobal Colon – One of the most important Latin cemeteries built in the late 19th century.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba – The National Hotel of Cuba is a national landmark that stands meters from the water.
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Nicknamed the Pearl of the South after its magnificent bay, Cienfuegos is considered to be the architechtural jewel of the nineteenth century. Its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site, is a living example of the French imprint on many features if the culture and customs in Cienfuegos, particularly in its architecture, where arches, stained glass and ironwork prevail. The city was founded in 1819 by French settlers. Its original name Fernandina de Jagua was to honor Ferdinand VII, King of Spain. The city’s ports are bathed by the Caribbean Sea and a beautiful bay.
Historic Centre of Cienfuegos – A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.
Castillo de Jagua – A castle built by the Spanish in 1742.
Arco de Triunfo – The only Arch of Triumph is all of Cuba
Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción – Cienfuegos cathedral with stained glass built 1833-1869 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos – A tropical botanical garden with over 2000 species.
Guanaroca Lagoon – A nature reserve with over 170 species of birds.
Martin Infierno Cave – This cave houses the world’s tallest stalagmite.
Museo Provincial – A 19th century museum of Cuban-French history and furniture and porcelain.
Palacio de Valle – A historic villa finished in 1917.
Palmira Yorubá Pantheon – Museum of religious afro-catholic syncretism.
Parque José Martí – Central square of Cienfuegos.
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Since its birth, Matanzas has been known as “The Venice of Cuba” because of its many bridges and as “The Athens of Cuba” because of its many poets. This province offers a wide range of architecture. It has museums and cultural institutions such as the Teatro Sauto and has a proximity to significant Cuban natural areas such as Cienaga de Zapata National Park, Caves of Bellamar. In the heart of the city we can find the Jose White cultural center, the place where more than a century ago was danced the first “danzon” composed by Miguel Failde.
Museo de los Bomberos – Museum of Cuban firefighters.
Triolet Pharmacy – A pharmacy founded in 1882 was converted to a museum in 1962.
Bacunayagua Bridge – Cuba’s tallest bridge and considered 1 of the 7 engineering wonders of the world.
Rio Canimar – Considered a natural national monument of Matanzas
Ciénaga de Zapata – A national park that has been declared a Bio Reserve.
Castle of San Severino – A castle rebuilt in partnership with UNESCO
Teatro Sauto – A grand theater and ballroom built in 1863.
Museo Oscar María de Rojas – The second oldest museum in Cuba
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What makes this city different is its unique combination of Spanish and Arabic architecture characterized by winding narrow streets and alleys. Camagüey is the biggest province in the country, with more than 14 thousand square kilometers, its geography is characterize for extensive plain, which makes the province an ideal place to cultivate sugar cane, and shepherd a great number of cattle.
Plaza del Carmen – A smaller but beautiful city plaza with handmade tinajones.
- Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
- Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced
- Catedral de San Juan de Dios y Sagrado Corazón de Jesús