Casas Particulares | Destino Habana
Havana, political, cultural and industrial heart of the nation, contains one -fifth of Cuban's population. It has a flavour all its own, a strange amalgam of colonialism, capitalism and communism merged into one.
One of the great historical cities of the New World, Havana is a far cry from the Caribbean backwaters that call themselves capitals elsewhere in the Antilles. It is obvious, as you walk tree-lined boulevards and eerily Neapolitan streets that are the most tranquil and unthreatening of any you will find in Latin America.
The Spanish colonial buildings hard up against the Atlantic are handsome indeed. They come in a spectacular amalgam of styles, from the academic classicism of aristocratic homes, rococo residential exteriors, Moorish interiors, art deco and art nouveau public buildings.
At the heart of the city is enchanting Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a living museum containing perhaps the finest collection of Spanish colonial buildings in all the Americas. Baroque Churches, convents, and castles that could have been transposed from Madrid or Cadiz still reign majestically over squares embraced by the former palaces of Cuban's ruling gentry and cobbled streets.
Since the main sights are so spread out, it is best to explore Havana in sections, beginning with Habana Vieja, where the vast majority of historical sites are located. Habana Vieja is best explored on foot, while it's perhaps best to see the rest of th city using taxis or by hiring a private car and guide. All touristy areas are well patrolled by police, who are usually very helpful.
Now with Destino Habana you could book a private house or apartment to spend your days in Havana and even to share with a Cuban family. Don't miss this great opportunity to meet the real Havana.
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This page was last updated: 23 September 2010