Cultural Walk in Havana, Havana (Self Guided)

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.
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Cultural Walk in Havana Map

Guide Name: Cultural Walk in Havana
Guide Location: Cuba » Havana (See other walking tours in Havana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: kane
Julio Antonio Mella Theater

1) Julio Antonio Mella Theater

Bearing the name of a dissident and revolutionary, who was murdered by order of Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado, the Julio Antonio Mella theater is amongst the best in Havana. Seating 1,475, the theater hosts cabaret shows and regular theatrical performances. Also, each Saturday at 3pm the stage is open for "pena" and folk club performances.
Hubert de Blanck Theater

2) Hubert de Blanck Theater

The Hubert de Blanck Theater is a small theater on Calle Calzada, with a seating capacity of 267 people. It offers performances of contemporary and classical plays and occasional presentations of well-known foreign productions. The Hubert de Blanck Theater is a preferred venue amongst locals, as it is with tourists.
Amadeo Roldan

3) Amadeo Roldan

The Amadeo Roldán Theater (Spanish: Teatro Amadeo Roldán), is a theater in Havana that was built in 1929. It reopened in 1999 as the head office of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, which performs seasonally every Sunday at 11:00PM. The venue now consists of the Amadeo Roldán and García Caturla halls, where symphony orchestras perform, piano recitals, and a mixture of classical and contemporary music. The Amadeo Roldán hall seats 886, for important concerts such as Egberto Gismonti and Leo Brouwer. The Caturla hall is for small band performances and has a capacity of 276 persons. The theater, apart from being home to the National Symphony Orchestra, is also home to prestigious international events which are held there such as the "Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra" (International Guitar Gathering).

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Guiñol Theatre

4) Guiñol Theatre (must see)

El Guiñol is known by most youngsters in Havana since it hosts quality children's shows and theatre performances featuring puppets and dummies. Established in 1963, it has seen hundreds of plays based on children's classical literature, played to appreciative young audiences. The theatre is run by El Guiñol, a children's theatre company well known throughout Cuba, with venues all over the island. They have a comedy show for adults each Tuesday night.

Performance Hours:
Fri, Sat: 8:30pm; Sun: 5pm
Cine La Rampa

5) Cine La Rampa

Originally built in 1955, La Rampa Cinema used to be a bowling alley, a cafeteria, and a bar, after that it was renovated and became a cinema. It is regarded as one of the finest cinemas in Cuba, because of its high sound quality and projection system.

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.
Nightlife in Eastern "La Habana"

Nightlife in Eastern "La Habana"

Havana is one of the capitals of nightlife in the Caribbean. Coming to Havana and taking a tour of its bars and nightclubs is a must. If you want to understand the city, you have to feel the heat of its night. Take this tour and experience some of the best places to spend a wonderful night out.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
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
Christian Churches of Havana

Christian Churches of Havana

Discovered and conquered by the Spaniards, Havana has turned into a major religious center of Catholicism in the Caribbean. Although a communist regime is in power at the moment, many of the churches, cathedrals, and other religious buildings are preserved and still give a glimpse of the religious heritage of Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Specialty Shopping in Havana

Specialty Shopping in Havana

Shopping in Havana will leave you not only with unique and beautiful memorabilia, but it will also let you walk in the shoes of Cubans themselves. Stroll the narrow streets of Havana and see all that the city has to offer. Choose from a variety of unique objects representing the culture of the city and its history. Below, you can see how to visit the best of the shopping spots of Havana.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 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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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Havana for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Havana has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Havana, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.