What to see in Havana in one day

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Martí Micolau

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You can't say you've been to Cuba if you don't see Havana, the capital of the Caribbean island famous for the communist regime and for the revolutionaries Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

Havana, as the Cubans call it, is a beautiful city where you can still breathe the old charm, thanks to the vintage cars that circulate on the streets and to the dilapidated buildings belonging to the colonial era. Along the streets and squares you will meet women dressed in their colorful clothes, men smoking cigars comfortably seated on the benches and everywhere you will hear the music coming out of the clubs and recreational centers.

Havana will never tire you but if you only have 24 hours to visit it, here are our suggestions to not miss the best of the city! Find out with us what to see in Havana in one day!


  1. One day itinerary in Havana: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Havana: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Havana: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Havana: Morning

1 - Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco

Start the day with a good breakfast of exquisite pastries, fresh fruit juices and coffee at Café Boemia (4,43 CUC, approximately € 4,00).

From here visit the adjacent Plaza Vieja immediately, recently restored, at the center of which stands the huge bronze statue representing a rooster. Around it there are beautiful buildings with immense arcades and among these the most important is Casa Del Code Jaruco, which today houses an art exhibition.

Following, then, Calle Teniente Rey and Calle Oficios you will arrive in a few minutes at Plaza de San Francisco with the beautiful white marble Basilica (open from 9:00 to 18:30), an imposing bell tower and a fountain with lions. Continuing on Calle Oficios, full of shops and museums, in 6 minutes you will arrive at Plaza de Armas, where you can cool off a bit in the shade of the many trees listening to some Cuban music usually played in the street.

2 - Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Bodeguita del Medio

Around the Plaza de Armas you can see the Castillo de la Real Fuerza dating back to the 500th century with a moat surrounding it and the Palacio de los Capitanos Generales which houses the Museo de la Ciudad.

Turning to Calle O'Reilly, after 400 meters, you will arrive in the beautiful Plaza de la Catedral with the imposing Baroque style church dating back to 1748, open from 9:00 to 17:00. Opposite is also the Museum of Colonial Art, which is worth a visit only if you have time.

To end the morning, go to the nearby one Bodeguita del Medio, the famous bar where Hemingway drank his mojito and enjoy one while sitting at the wooden counter, at a cost of 6,00 CUC (about € 5,50).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,1 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Plaza Vieja (free), Plaza de San Francisco (free), Plaza de Armas (free), Plaza de la Catedral (free), Bodeguita del Medio (mojito at 6,00 CUC, approximately € 5,50)
  • Welcome to Havana: Private Tour with Local Guide Havana: 2-Hour Classic American Car Tour Old Havana: Small Group City Walking Tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Café Boemia, San Ignacio, La Habana - Get directions

One day itinerary in Havana: Afternoon

1 - Calle Obispo, Floiodita, Capitolio

Cross Calle Obispo, one of the main streets of Havana where you can find numerous bars, clubs and embroidered linen shops.
We then suggest you take the Villegas side street that leads you to TaBARish, a very nice place, where you can eat well and listen to good music at an average cost of 10,00 CUC per person (about € 9,00).

After lunch reach the Floridita in 3 minutes on foot, to sip the best daiquiri in Hemingway's favorite bar.

Continue in the afternoon towards Capitol, dating back to 1929, originally the seat of the House of Representatives and the Cuban Senate but starting from 1959 home of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Science and Technology. Open from 9:00 to 20:00, admission costs 3,00 CUC (about € 2,70), with the guide 4,00 CUC (about € 3,60). However, time will not allow you to enter because the complete visit takes at least 2 hours.

2 - Plaza de la Revolution, Malecon

Who hop on a CocoTaxi and be taken to Plaza de la Revolution, about 4 kilometers away. The ride will cost you around 7,00 CUC (around € 6,30); this is certainly not the best place in Havana from an architectural point of view, but it is the city icon. In addition to being one of the largest squares in the world, in the center is the memorial dedicated to Josè Martì, one of the country's national heroes and opposite, on the building of the Ministry of the Interior is the image of Che Guevara, 30 meters large.

End the afternoon by being driven back to the center and stop on the Malecon, the city's 8km waterfront, where at sunset you will see numerous lovers strolling holding hands and enjoying the sunset. Again, the taxi ride will cost you around 7,00 CUC (approximately € 6,30).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,5 km / 1 h 49 min
  • Places visited: Calle Obispo (free), Floridita (daiquiri at 6,00 CUC, approximately € 5,50), Capitolio (3,00 CUC, approximately € 2,70), Plaza de la Revolution (free), Malecon (free)
  • Havana tour tour in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway Havana: City Sightseeing Bike Tour
  • Where to have lunch: TaBARish Calle O'reilly y, Villegas, La Habana - Get directions

One day itinerary in Havana: Evening

1 - Dinner, Havana Vieja

For dinner, go to Paladar Dona Eutimia, a very famous place in Havana that offers typical cuisine and fresh fish, all seasoned with the typical hospitality of the place. On average, you will spend 20,00 CUC per person (about € 18,00). We suggest you book in the morning if you want to find a place.

This place, in addition to being really nice and with an excellent quality / price, being in the middle of Hanana Vieja, will allow you to easily choose how to continue your evening, if walking through the streets or going to some local.

2 - local in the center or at the Miramar

To continue the evening we therefore propose two alternatives (also based on your schedules): you can, for example, decide to stay in L'Habana Vieja and listen to some music at the Dischiosa, a very small room with typical furniture and decorations on the walls.

Alternatively, take a taxi at a cost of 8,00 CUC (approximately € 7,20), drive 9 kilometers and be taken to the Casa de la Musica Miramar, to listen to bands playing live and dance some salsa! Admission costs 15 CUC per person (approximately € 13,50)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,9 km / 1 h 41 min
  • Places visited: Old Havana, Miramar
  • Havana: Cuban Cooking Experience Old Havana: Culinary Walking Tour
  • Where to dine: Paladar Dona Eutimia, Callejon del Chorro # 60-C | Plaza de la Catedral, Habana Vieja - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go: try to organize your stay in Havana between November and the end of April, during the dry season when temperatures are around 24 ° and the heat is not stifling
  • What to bring: wear comfortable and light clothing, don't forget a hat and sunscreen because the sun is scorching here
  • No city card: there are no passes for museums or transport, you will have to buy the ticket from time to time
  • Guided tours: if you want to optimize your day you can rely on a guide who will make you discover the most famous places in the city. We suggest the Welcome to Havana tour: private tour with local guide (from € 28,00 per person)
  • Safety: in the evening, never go around with too much money, as in any big city and as in all tourist places, you have to maintain a careful attitude, especially in the evening

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Unfortunately, if you only have 24 hours in Havana, it is not possible to see everything.
The tip in one day is focus on sightseeing and symbols giving up the following attractions.

  1. Museum of the Revolution housed in the former residential building, illustrates the moments of the armed struggle
  2. National Museum of Fine Arts, near the Paseo del Prado, houses numerous works of Cuban art
  3. Morro-Cabana complex, the largest th century fortress built by the Spaniards
  4. Finca Vigia, the home of Ernest Hemingway located outside the city
  5. Ron Hvana Club Museum to discover the origins of the most popular drink in Cuba
  6. Tobacco Museum, with exhibition rooms, explanations and a shop where you can buy the famous "Cubano"
  7. Fusterlandia in the Jaimanitas district and Lawton district where there are many murals
  8. Playa de l'Este, the beach 18 km from Havana

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