Travel Guide: 48 Hours in Havana


Sitting in El Floridita bar in Havana’s Old Town, maybe on the specific seat American novellist Ernest Hemingway was once roosted, tasting the plain mixed drink – a Daiquiri – he wanted to taste, I was startled at exactly what number of these sweet tipples the barkeep thumped out at regular intervals. He proficiently filled eight mixed drink glasses at once for a clamoring customer base. Persistently. Throughout the night.

El Floridita

El Floridita – continously pouring 8 Daquairis at once

It is obviously a magnificent ordeal, however at that time I was happy I was in Havana as of now. The city is occupied now however I’ll wager (yet not in Cuba as there are no clubhouse) that inside 10 years the group will have swelled, the roads will be loaded with guided gatherings and the delight of disclosure will be tricky. Furthermore, in reality getting a charge out of a night at El Floridita will be near on inconceivable – except if you are a sardine.

In this way, in the event that you would prefer not to miss the beautifully ramshackled sixteenth century structures that sit close by elegant engineering or the notorious, bright American works of art (Cadillacs, Chevys, Dodges, Buicks, Fords) which may vanish because of absence of parts, arrive now. I can report that Japanese Kias and Hyundai autos are as of now dreadfully productive on Havana’s streets and however splendidly utilitarian they are not so much fun.

Must investigate

Begin at Parque Central which prompts the old town – Havana Vieja. Plan to be stunned by the neoclassical Capitol on Prado road – the previous seat of the Cuban Congress and once home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Following 8 long periods of reclamation this amazing building has revived as the home of Cuba’s national get together. Utilize this working as a historic point and a state of introduction as it faces east and everything before it is Old Havana.

El Capitolio Havana Cuba

El Capitolio Havana Cuba

Close to it is the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso, named after Cuba’s most well known prima ballet dancer, presumably the most wonderful working around the local area. Pause for a minute to look at the figures, the marble and bronze works. The four gatherings of figures in white marble in the front are by Giuseppe Moretti and speak to philanthropy, training, music and theater.

Stroll into Parque Central, a shady, verdant and palm filled square and see the statue of Jose Marti, a Cuban writer and columnist. He engineered the transformation yet was not a military man and kicked the bucket in battle.

Jose Marti, a writer not a warrior

Jose Marti, a writer not a warrior

Inverse is the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Arte Cubano which some say is the best craftsmanship exhibition in the Caribbean. Pay special mind to works by Guillermo Collazo, a Cuban awesome; Rafael Blanco, Raúl Martínez of 1960s Cuban pop workmanship notoriety and Wifredo Lam whose work can without much of a stretch be contrasted with that of Picasso.

In two minutes get to Calle Obispo, a long thin street trimmed by tall structures and eccentric shops, for example, a pharmacist historical center where you can purchase cerebral pain pills and a fascinating in the open air craftsmanship and specialty showcase.

Alongside Calle Mercaderes it is a standout amongst the most well known shopping avenues and the two roads meet at Hotel Ambos Mundos where Ernest Hemingway had a room – which you can visit. In the event that you are prepared for a rest, advance up to the lodging’s housetop bar for a brew or two and an entirely decent view over the harbor.

Passing the awesome Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, previous living arrangement of the governors of Havana yet now home gallery of the City of Havana you get to Plaza Armas. This is the most established square in the city and is a stunning verdant square with palm trees around which has the statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, who played a noteworthy come in Cuba’s freedom in 1868. Around it is the Archeology Museum, Castillo de la Real Fortaleza, a sixteenth century fortress and El Templete which is landmark to Christopher Columbus for establishing the city.

Walk somewhat further to Havana Bay where the voyage ships come in. Advance there and get a maneuver to Plaza de la Revolución. It is one of the greatest squares on the planet and is the place Pope John Paul II amid his 1998 first visit by a Pope, and Pope Francis in 2015, held vast Masses there amid ecclesiastical visits.

You can likewise take a lift up to the highest point of the José Martí Memorial, one of the city’s most astounding focuses. The National Library and different government services are situated in and around the Plaza and some are decorated with pictures of progressive figures Che Guevara and his allies.

Must go for a ride

Those exemplary autos that Havana is acclaimed for are the best time method for visiting the city and getting your orientation. Classed as national minutes by the administration, they are on full-time traveler obligation. Lift one up by the inlet, in front or Parque Central, around Revolution Square and close to the Capitol building. Either utilize it as a taxi benefit or ask or a visit.


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