The 9 things to do in Havana


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Cuba has been THE fashion destination since the end of 2015. And for good reason! With all the political changes that lie ahead, we want to discover the country as long as it remains a bit "authentic." And we are one of those;)

Last December, we, the Man and I, flew to Cuba and took all eyes! We combine 1 week of circuit to discover some important "places" of the country, and 1 week of beach and idleness in Varadero. A good way to combine holidays of discovery and rest!

The first stop of our tour took us to Havana, the capital of Cuba. From there, we could radiate to other cities. We only spent one day and one night in Havana, and I think 2/3 days would not have been superfluous because we have only touched on what this city has to offer. But our flash trip was rich in discoveries and here are for me the "must do", the essential, in short, the 5 things you must do absolutely during your visit to Havana!

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Take a walk through the Place de la Révolution

Whether with our guide or with our taxi driver, a must-see in the Place de la Revolution and in the old town of Havana! The place is really huge and very … empty ^^ A large tower stands to the side, in front of two giant portraits of Ché and Fidel.

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Stroll through the old town

The old town is much more interesting (from my point of view) with all these colorful buildings, a pity that some are not better maintained, but with the lack of means it is not obvious. Contrary to what I read here or there, we weren't "bothered" at all by walking through the city, (almost) without requests, and I didn't feel insecure.

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Take a walk in old timer

A must see in Cuba! When I saw the reports on Cuba on television, I was always attracted to all these old cars, the Old Timer, which seemed to be frozen in time. I wondered if there really would be so many there and if so. Especially in Havana, where it is a tourist attraction;)

Allow around 25 CUC (€ 25) per hour for a ride in Havana. We had chosen a 2-hour trip and asked our driver to show us the points of interest in the city, it was even better than with our guide during the day;)

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Visit a cigar factory

Inevitably when we think of Cuba, we think of cigars! Our guide took us to one of the oldest factories in downtown Havana and I really enjoyed this visit. You have the impression of taking a leap back in the 60s when you see the facilities: propaganda motto pro-work and pro-revolution on the walls, period furniture and even a "speaker" who reads the workers' newspaper ^^

I regretted not being able to take pictures because it was forbidden (grumpffff). However, count 10 CUC (€ 10) for the visit if it is not included in your package.

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Close-up of hands making cigar through Shutterstock

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Drink a daiquiri in the middle cellar or florida

In the old town, you will inevitably go through the two most famous bars in the city, and for good reason, Ernest Hemingway had his habits there;) Both are crowded with people, but if you manage to fight, go drink a daiquiri!

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Visit the cathedral of Havana

La Bodeguita del Medio is a stone's throw from the Cathedral of Havana. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this baroque cathedral is one of the oldest in America.

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Ascend to Christ from Havana

It is not only Rio that has Christ, Havana too! I didn't know until our taxi driver took us there. It is located in the heights and from the terrace you have an impressive view of the whole city. To do at night, the view is magnificent!

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Walk the malecon

The Malecon is an 8km long promenade along Havana. This is THE place where everyone meets at night to have a good time once the temperatures have become more bearable.

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Go see the Capitol

One of the most important works of the early twentieth century in Cuba was the construction of the Capitol, a miniature version of the United States Capitol! The building is impressive and its architecture contrasts with everything that surrounds it.

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And you, have you been to Havana? What would be your tenth essential to add to the list?

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