Whether you're a long time traveler to Havana or someone who has always wanted to visit, there are a number of exciting and culturally interesting things to do in this historic capital city. While travel to and from Cuba has been severely restricted for half a century, these days there are many opportunities to travel in and around Havana.
Cuba is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other attractions that lend themselves to a truly authentic travel experiences. One of those important UNESCO sites is Old Havana, the historical Center of the Cuba Capital, where you find lots of things to do and see. Here you will find fortresses and many fine examples of Spanish Colonial architecture.
These days, even American professionals and students have the opportunity to visit and explore the rich cultural and historical sites that Cuba has to offer. Besides Old Havana, there are some attractions you should not miss.
Experience Living History
You can experience living history by attending the firing of the 9 O'clock Cannon. This has been a tradition since the 18th century and every evening at 9 O'clock the cannon is fired from the Fortress of San Carlos de Cabana. No Cuba travel experience would be complete without experiencing this wonderful tradition. The Revolution Square is another historical and important center that was constructed during the time of President Batista and renamed when Fidel Castro took power. Visiting The Revolution Square will allow you to experience a great symbol of modern Cuban history, much of which is still in the making.
Cuban Art at Its Best
Cuba is renowned for its artists and love of the arts. The National Art Schools, which were commissioned by Castro in the 1960s are currently being restored and are definitely worth a visit. Another center of Cuban art is the National Museum of Fine Arts, which holds an extensive and remarkable collection works by Cuban painters, sculptors, and other visual artists. If you love art or wish to study Cuban art, there's no better place to find it that this museum, which also holds an impressive collection of European and ancient works of art from around the world.
The Vedado Neighborhood
The Vedado neighborhood is one of the must-see areas of Havana. It is the home to the FOSCA building, which is Cuba's tallest building, the University of Havana, the world famous John Lennon Park, and numerous hotels and shops. It's also a center of nightlife and parts of Havana have become the center of the gay and lesbian scene in the country. This vibrant neighborhood is a great place to experience all the modern entertainments and activities that Havana has to offer.
You will find that Cuba's capital has a long and rich history dating back to the 1500s, and narrowing down what to do in Havana can be difficult.
For over half a century, American citizens have been restricted from experiencing the culture and diversity that Cuba has to offer. Today, however, professionals who wish to research, explore, and study this great island as well as students can take part in education tours to Cuba. There are travel companies that will work with US travelers who wish to see the wonders of Havana for themselves. While you are in Cuba, there are many activities and sites that you can visit to get an authentic experience of the island and its rich culture.