Cuban Freedom Fighters & Battles (Self Guided), Havana

Since it was discovered by Spain, the Island remained under its rule until the late 19th-early 20th century. During that period, it saw a series of wars, revolutions, and coup d'etats. On this tour you will see the key places in Havana related to those events, as well as monuments to the key people who made them happen.
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Guide Name: Cuban Freedom Fighters & Battles
Guide Location: Cuba » Havana (See other walking tours in Havana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: kane
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Jose Marti Memorial

1) Jose Marti Memorial

The 358 tower, designed by a team of architects led by Enrique Luis Varela, is in the form of a five-pointed star, encased in gray Cuban marble from the Isla de la Juventud. Construction of the tower began in 1953 on the 100th anniversary of José Martí's birth. Compensation for local inhabitants forced to move in order to make way for construction, caused further problems. Their case was taken up by a young Fidel Castro. The monument was finally completed in 1958 during the final days of the Batista dictatorship. The José Martí Memorial includes an enclosed observation deck on the top floor, the highest point in Havana, and it's accessible by elevator which gives commanding views over the city in all directions.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Plaza de la Revolución

2) Plaza de la Revolución (must see)

One of the world's largest city squares, Plaza de la Revolución is also notable as being the place where many political rallies take place, and where Castro and other political figures address Cubans. Fidel Castro has, in the past, addressed more than a million Cubans on many important occasions, such as 1st of May and 26th of July each year.

The square is dominated by the José Martí Memorial, which features a 109 m (358 ft) tall tower and an 18 m (59 ft) statue. The National Library, many government ministries, and other buildings are located in and around the Plaza. Located behind the memorial is the Palace of the Revolution, the seat of the Cuban government and Communist Party. Opposite the memorial are the offices of the Ministries of the Interior and Communications, whose facades feature matching steel memorials of the two most important deceased heroes of the Cuban Revolution: Che Guevara, with the quotation "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (Until the Everlasting Victory, Always) and Camilo Cienfuegos (sometimes mistaken for Fidel Castro), with the quotation "Vas bien, Fidel" (You're doing fine, Fidel).

Why You Should Visit:
Great historic site that makes for a great photo opportunity. A plus is that there are always lots of brightly colored 1950's taxis around that you can hire and/or be pictured with.

Tip:
There are many beautiful beaches an hour or so out of town and cruising to one in a vintage car that you hire from this plaza immerses you in Cuba's complexities. The roads are in pristine condition. However, please ask them to confirm upfront that price you agreed upon is TOTAL, and not per person.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ministry of Interior

3) Ministry of Interior

The Ministry of Interior is where the Revolutionary forces of Castro and Che Guevara were protected from any counter-revolutionists and loyalists. The minister of internal affairs - Ramiro Valdes - governed from here with an iron fist, and ensured that the current regime will continue and prosper without the treat of being overthrown by internal forces.
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El Prícipe Castle

4) El Prícipe Castle

El Prícipe Castle (The Prince Fortress) used to be a fortress. It is located on Aróstegui Hill. The fort was erected during the Spanish period. It was built in order to protect the city from the West. The Castle served as a prison for political dissidents. Here, many of the liberty fighters met their deaths.
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University of Havana

5) University of Havana (must see)

The largest center for higher learning in Cuba and one of the first to be founded in the Americas (1721), the University of Havana has a beautiful campus with lots of trees and shade, providing a haven from the busy streets around it.

You can start your tour at the main building where, once you have climbed the famous steps, you will reach the bronze statue of Alma Mater. Admire the porticoes of the ornate main building, where you will find several frescoes created by Armando Menocal. Each of the frescoes represents one of the university’s founding areas of study: Liberal Arts, Thought, Law, Literature, Science, Art and Medicine. You can also see the Aula Magna, the Library, the gardens.

Best known alumni: Fidel Castro, who studied law here in the 1940s, graduating with full title at the head of his class while he was also the president of the National Association of Cuban Law Students. Just across the street from the steps is a monument to students slain when Batista's police opened fire on a peaceful student demonstration. No trip to Havana is completed without a visit to this important part of the city’s historical landscape.

Tip:
Please be aware that all buildings are closed to public access on weekends so be sure to visit during the week in order to wander around the grounds.
Also, if you don't feel comfortable with being asked for money, just say Hola and don't get into a conversation with anyone who approaches you on campus.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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José Miguel Gómez Monument

6) José Miguel Gómez Monument

José Miguel Gómez is one of the key people in the history of modern Cuba. Once he was a field general, leading the forces of Cuba in the War of Independence and after, he became the second president of Cuba. He's also one of the people who supported the prewar pact with the U.S., therefore becoming one of the engineers of the Cuban freedom movement.
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Protestodromo

7) Protestodromo

Protestodromo is the square in which the leader of the Cuban Revolution demonstrated his power, and this was aimed mostly against the US. In this square is the famous Mountain of Flags, or The Wall of Castro, as it's known by the locals. The gigantic row of huge flags actually blocks the U.S. section of interest.

Walking Tours in Havana, Cuba

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Havana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Clubbing in Havana

Clubbing in Havana

The nightlife in Havana is rich and diverse. Clubs and cabarets are an important part of this city. Havana has a lot to offer - from the famous cabaret Tropicana to the simplest but authentic cabarets. Take a sip of rum and enjoy a show, or go to a Western-style bar and dance until dawn. Feel enticed by the rhythms of Rumba and Bolero - these are some of choices available to you here in Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Museums of Havana

Museums of Havana

Havana has a rich history and was once the Spanish center of power in the Caribbean and South America. Later, it became the center of art, architecture and military power in the region. The museums in Havana can show you much of the city's history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Cultural Walk in Havana

Cultural Walk in Havana

Havana is both the official capital of Cuba, and the cultural capital as well. Many galleries, cinemas, theaters, and music shops offer visitors a taste of the local culture - which is a mixture of native habits and ways along with those of the Spaniards, and later, U.S. influence. The following tour will take you for a short walk which will summarize it all.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Havana City Center Walk

Havana City Center Walk

The city of Havana was founded in 1511. Today, Havana is the capital of Cuba and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Havana is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean region. Almost perfect weather conditions makes it a great spot for taking a vacation. This walking tour will help you explore the center of Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Architectural Walk

Architectural Walk

Havana, once a major sea power in the Caribbean, still retains an aura of royalty and splendor. Take this walk and explore the architectural landmarks of the city and see mixtures of all the styles that have dominated major civilizations in the past several hundred years.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Old Town Walk

Old Town Walk

Old Town of Havana is a perfect place to feel the Spirit of Cuba. This part of the city has a unique atmosphere and history. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1519. Thousands of tourists visit it each year. UNESCO proclaimed it a world heritage site. Take this astonishing walking tour in the middle of Old Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

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