Havana is a city of history and architecture, or music and the arts.
Originally founded in 1519, it was an important stopping point for the ships taking looted treasures from South America back to Spain. It was soon the most important port in South America, trading in sugar, rum tobacco and coffee. This history has left behind an abundance of beautiful buildings, built with the city’s wealth in these early days. Several of them have been converted into museums and the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is being restored to its former glory.
It is not just the history and architecture that make Havana such and appealing city. The locals, known as Habaneros are warm and welcoming, passionate about their city, the arts and culture. The vibrant music and arts scene has much to offer, from salsa and rumba to ballet and film. Make sure to visit a cigar factory or stop by a craft market and delight in the abundance of classic cars on the streets.
Havana is best enjoyed when wandering the streets, soaking up the atmosphere and stopping in bars and restaurants to get a feel for this beautiful, romantic city.