Old Havana

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Old Havana

Learn about the fascinating history of Cuba’s capital through the interesting fortresses, lively esplanades and plazas surrounded with colonial architecture in its old town district.

Old Havana is an enthralling link to a lost world of vibrant buildings, colorful cars and 16th-century fortifications. The portside district has a reputation as one of the world’s most exceptional city centers, due to the Spanish colonial architecture, the effects of the communist regime and Cuban traditions. Visit the chain of fortresses to find out about this city’s unique place in history.

Among the main landmarks of this UNESCO site is the Plaza Vieja, a former site of executions, bullfights and parties. Admire the range of colorful buildings once belonging to the city’s aristocracy that surround the square. Enter the nearby Naipes Museum and the Convento de Santa Clara.

Visit the various fortresses, such as the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña and Morro Castle. The latter has an iconic lighthouse and a museum dedicated to these beacons of light. Visit the star-shaped fortress of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, which holds the Navigation Museum. Gaze up at the replica of the 17th-century weather vane, La Giraldilla.

Another standout feature of the city’s old town is its esplanades. Wander along the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Malecón, which hugs the city’s northern shoreline, for a glimpse into local culture. Jog along the iconic boulevard and encounter its monuments and dilapidated buildings.

Reach the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta near the central part of this boulevard. Here, the Paseo del Prado begins to run south through the heart of Old Havana. Admire the signs of affluence along this pedestrianized road, where you will find parks, palaces and many shops and restaurants.

While in this fascinating old town area, make sure to visit the former seat of government El Capitolio, the spectacular Plaza de la Catedral and the Museum of the Revolution.

Old Havana comprises the area within the old city walls on the western flank of the Havana Port in the northeastern part of the city. Take the train to the Central Station or La Coubre station and walk north to find the majority of attractions. Visit the neighboring western districts of Chinatown, Centro and Vedado.


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Top Hotels in Old Havana

Casa Factoria
Casa Factoria
3 out of 5
Factoria 67 Entre Corrales y Apodaca, Havana, Havana
The price is $49 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of El Capitolio, Great Theatre of Havana, and Plaza Vieja. Revolution Museum and Malecón are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"Comfortable room in the heart of town. Ours hosts were wonderful. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Casa Factoria
Al Sol
Al Sol
3 out of 5
Calle Sol 161 (escalera), entre Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, La Habana
The price is $57 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Located in Old Havana, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Vieja and Malecón. Plaza de Armas and Havana Cathedral are also within 15 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Great!"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2021

Al Sol
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
4 out of 5
Pena Pobre 55, entre Aguiar y Habana, Havana
The price is $78 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón and Revolution Museum. Paseo de Marti and La Bodeguita del Medio are also within ...
3.8/5 Good! (175 reviews)
Wonderful, quirky place.
"This is a lovely place to stay. It is right in the heart of the old town, surrounded by bars and restaurants and very close to the malecon and the water. The only possible down side are the perilously steep stairs up to the roof terrace, and the un-bannistered steps up to the bathroom in some of ..."

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Residencia Santa Clara
Residencia Santa Clara
13 Santa Clara, Havana
The price is $115 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Old Havana, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón and Plaza Vieja. Plaza de Armas and Havana Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
4.8/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Muy familiar y acogedor"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Residencia Santa Clara
Hostal Balcones Muralla
Hostal Balcones Muralla
3.5 out of 5
Aguacate Street # 482, entre Muralla y Teniente Rey, Havana
Fully refundable
The price is $98 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Old Havana, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Plaza del Cristo and 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Malecón. La Factoria Brewery and Santa Clara de ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
So so good!
"Amazing. Great service and fantastic location. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Hostal Balcones Muralla
Hostal del Buen Viaje
Hostal del Buen Viaje
3 out of 5
Lamparilla 413, La Habana Vieja, Havana, La Habana
Fully refundable
The price is $120 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Old Havana, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Santa Clara de Asis Convent and 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Malecón. La Factoria Brewery and Plaza ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Real genuine small business service
"Absolutely fabulous family run hotel. It's a nice central location making it easy to get to many of the sites and great restaurants in the neighbourhood. We had to leave a day early because we were there when the Covid19 crisis was just starting. They were very understanding and accommodating about ..."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2020

Hostal del Buen Viaje
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