The so-called pearl of western India and the largest island in the entire Caribbean. Cuba may seem like a world away from the sophisticated paradise resorts that surround it.
On the one hand, its history is still very much alive.
Revolutions and communism are still fresh in the head. And the museums display weapons that contributed to the overthrow of the government decades ago.
The hills are still marked by traces of men like Che Guevara and Castro, while the sugar cane plantations refute the colonial boom and the dark history of slave behavior.
Then there is the historic old town of Havana, where there are many old baroque buildings and lavish palaces that hear the sounds of lively jazz and cabaret after dark.
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Discover a selection of the 5 best things to do in Cuba::
- Stroll through Havana’s Malecon
In short, the Havana Malecon is the pearl of western India. It’s a place where locals with leather faces puff up cigar-sized cigars, where Cadillacs bounce and collide on uneven streets, where gloved boxers train with the tropical melodies and street performers merge. with lovers amidst the salty ocean breeze that comes from Florida and the Key West Strait in the north.
With a length of 7 kilometers from start to finish, this lively promenade is a true symbol of the city. It has achieved historical status and is bursting with Baroque and Art Deco styles, is kept in Cuban pink and yellow tones and vibrates with Spanish chatter and energy.
It is simply not to be overlooked!
- Stroll through the streets of Old Havana
Ah, La Habana Vieja (Havana). This UNESCO-certified district in the heart of the Cuban capital is undoubtedly one of the most authentic and earthy places in America.
The architecture is impressive, with rows of scaled baroque townhouses and Andalusian-style arcades that line the streets.
The facades are stained with age (and pollution) and hide tequila canteens and soukous rumba bars under their hatches.
The squares, from the central Plaza de Armas to the Plaza de la Catedral, are adorned with splendid historical churches and neoclassical palaces.
And then there are the fortifications, dominated by a trio of Fortaleza, that overlook the urban canals with ramparts and cannon holes from the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Admire the works of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is another of the great and indispensable institutions that are located in the middle of the historic streets of La Habana Vieja. It is full of masterpieces that tell the different artistic periods of the island and its inhabitants.
Visitors can see the psychological portrait of the masses by Federico Beltrán, the politically influenced paintings by Guillermo Collazo and the modern sculptures by Rita Longa.
Another branch of the nearby institution offers an abundance of art from around the world, from ancient Greek vases to canvases by El Greco and other Spanish masters.
- Stay in the company of a national hero in the Che Guevara Mausoleum
Smack Bang in the heart of the island, between the streets of the pretty Santa Clara (site of one of the most important battles of the Cuban Revolution), the large marble mausoleum of the country’s undoubtedly most important son is large and proud.
The final resting place of Che Guevara and 29 of his revolutionary companions is marked by a large bronze statue of the man and also contains a fascinating selection of exhibits with his rifle, binoculars, a water bottle, countless photos and various architectural works are intended to reflect the character of the radical himself .
- Discover the raw history of the 20th century in the Museum of the Revolution
The Museum of the Revolution, located in the magnificent neoclassical presidential palace in the heart of historic Havana, is a must for any history-loving traveler to the pearl of western India.
The collections include raw and fascinating first-hand objects from the political upheavals of the 1950s, such as the firearms used by Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, and even the ship that Castro brought to Granma during the expedition to the Cuban coasts in 1956. There are also exhibitions documenting the country’s communist reconstruction in the 1960s and 1970s, and sections describing the wars of independence against Spain.