Havana City Center Walk, Havana

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.
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Havana City Center Walk Map

Guide Name: Havana City Center Walk
Guide Location: Cuba » Havana (See other walking tours in Havana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: alex1007
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Plaza de la Revolución

1) 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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Jose Marti Memorial

2) 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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Museo Postal

3) Museo Postal

This interesting museum is located close to the Plaza de la Revolución. Museo Postal is the place where you can learn something new about the postal service in Cuba. Here, you will find unique collections of postage stamps. This museum is a heaven for philatelists.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm.
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Che Guevara

4) Che Guevara

On the opposite side of the square is the famous Che Guevara image. Right next to this image of Che, is the famous slogan Hasta la Victoria Siempre, which means Forever Onwards Towards Victory. Ernesto Che Guevara was one of the most important figures in Cuban Revolution.
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El Prícipe Castle

5) 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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Mariana Grajales's Monument

6) Mariana Grajales's Monument

Mariana Grajales Coello is a Cuban icon of the women's struggle and the fight for an independent Cuba free from slavery. She bore thirteen children, and along with her family, lived in the refuge of La Delicia in the barrio Majaguabo of San Luis, Santiago de Cuba. She later ran a mountain settlement and improvised bush hospital. Mariana and her family served in the Ten Years' War, Little War (1879) and the War of 1895. During her time serving, Mariana ran hospitals and provision grounds on the base camps of her son Antonio, frequently entering the battlefield to aid wounded soldiers, both Spanish and Cuban. In 1957, the Mayor of Havana, Justo Luis Pozo del Puerto, officially declared Doña Mariana Grajales de Maceo the Mother of Cuba.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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José Miguel Gómez Monument

7) 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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University of Havana

8) 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

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.
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
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
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
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: 2.6 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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 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: 3.3 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.