Havana, Cuba: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Martí Micolau

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The fascinating capital of the beautiful island of Cuba, Havana is a city that will never tire you.
Her colonial buildings, many of them decadent looking, the squares in the Baroque style and the important monuments give it a unique aspect.

Most of the attractions are located in the historic center where you can breathe Cuban revolutionary culture and iconography.

Ma here is a guide to better plan your stay in Havana: where is it, when to go, what to see!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Havana: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a vacation in Havana cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 2.125.320
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Local currency: there are two national currencies: the CUP (Cuban Pesos) and the CUC (Cuban convertible Pesos) / € 1,00 = 1,11 CUC; the former are generally used by local inhabitants, while the latter by both Cubans and tourists
  • Weather: tropical with constant temperatures that never drop below 18 ° - more info on climate and best time
  • Time zone: GMT-5 (-6h compared to Italy)
  • vaccinations: no obligation, vaccines against hepatitis A, B, typhus, tetanus-diphtheria and rabies recommended
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of 6 months, tourist tarjeta (about € 22,00) to be taken before departure (this is the visa usually provided by tourist agencies or the Cuban consulate and embassy), health insurance, return ticket and address of the first night's accommodation
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Havana is located northwest of Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean south of the United States.
    In addition to being the capital, it is the seat of the government and numerous ministries and has an important port where half of Cuban imports and exports circulate.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: the only direct flight from Milan is operated by Blue Panorama (11 hours flight); there are other connections with a stopover in Madrid or Paris (13-15 hours flight).
      From Rome Alitalia and Blue Panorama make direct connections (in 11 hours), other companies make a stopover in Amsterdam or Paris (17-13 hours of flight)
    • From the main European capitals: from Madrid "Air Europa" and "Iberia" make direct connections with Havana (10 hours and 30 mins). From Paris "Air France" and "Aircaraibes" take 10 hours and 40 min

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical, there is a dry season from late November to mid-April, relatively cool, and a rainy season, from late April to early November, hot and humid. The winter daytime temperatures are around 26 degrees while the summer ones 34 degrees. In the rainy season characterized by afternoon thunderstorms, the air is hot and muggy everywhere. The sea temperature never goes below 25 °.
    • Best time: from December to April when rainfall is scarce and temperatures are ideal for visiting the city. To experience the sea, the best months are April and May.
    • Period to avoid: the months of July and August are very humid, hot, muggy and there can be frequent thunderstorms. In August then the passage of hurricanes is possible.
    • Advice: from November to April, light clothes, a sweatshirt or sweater and kway.
      From May to October: lightweight clothing, a light sweatshirt and a light raincoat for storms.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Paseo del Prado it is the most important street in Havana. It connects the Capitol to the Malecon and is surrounded by beautiful but decadent buildings, cinemas, theaters and old hotels.
    2. The Capitolio it is the splendid white building that recalls the Capitol in Washington. It was once the seat of the House of Representatives of the Cuban Senate. Today it houses the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Medio Ambiente.
    3. The Malecon it is the promenade, about 7 km long, which runs along the Caribbean Sea on one side and the colonial buildings on the other. To go in the late afternoon to admire a splendid sunset.
    4. Plaza de la Revolucion it has an important significance for Cuba; here are the Ministry of the Interior on whose facade the image of Che Guevara reigns, the memorial to Josè Martì and the Palace of the Revolution.
    5. Old Square, in the historic center of Havana, is characterized by numerous buildings from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which today house mostly restaurants and bars.
    6. Plaza de San Francisco de Asis where you can find the cathedral of the same name, the fountain of lions in white Carrara marble and the statue of Caballero de Paris.
    7. Plaza des Armes, the oldest in the city, where there is a beautiful garden and important buildings such as the Palacio del Segundo Cabo, the Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and the Templete. Furthermore, every day, except Sundays, there is an important second-hand book market.
    8. Cathedral Square with the Baroque cathedral, here are also the beautiful "Casa de los Conde de Casa Bayone" with the Museum of Colonial Art, the casa de Lombillo and the Casa del Marques de Aguas Claras.
    9. The Museum of the Revolution, in the building that once housed the Presidential Palace, various documents and testimonies are exhibited such as the Granma yacht used by Fidel and Che to reach Cuba in Mexico.
    10. Playa de l'Este a few kilometers from the center is the ideal place for a dip in the Caribbean sea and a little relaxation.

    What to do in Havana: excursions and tours

    How much does a vacation in Havana cost? Prices, offers and advice

    If you are thinking of a holiday in Havana you will have thespoiled for choice regarding accommodation.
    You can choose the simple but comfortable and economical casas particulares, the most expensive international hotel chains or the central mid-range hotels.
    The advice is to stay overnight in the central area!

    As for the movements we suggest you to move on foot to visit the center, to take the typical coco taxis and bike taxis to reach the surroundings.

    The Cuban capital, then, has numerous places to eat or sip a good cocktail: we suggest you taste the typical cuisine in the famous paladares (private houses) or try the street food that will be served directly from the windows of local houses.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
    • flights from Rome from € 633,00
    • 7 days and 6 nights starting from € 850,00 per person
    • day trip to Playa del Este beach Cuban cooking experience Welcome to Havana: Private tour with local guide
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