Havana Holidays from Ireland
Located on the northern coast of the island of Cuba, the capital city, Havana, is immediately evocative of a bygone era where flashy Cadillacs with shiny fenders are parked beside beautiful old buildings in atmospheric narrow streets. Holidays in Havana provide an exquisite experience to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the historic centre was declared in 1982) first hand and to enjoy diverse architecture and culture. Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, Havana has lovely castles from that period, modernist high rise edifices, neo-classical, Colonial, Baroque and Art Deco buildings, so the city is a delightful mix of styles.
Holidays in Havana are exciting and fun as there are almost 3 cities in one - Old Havana (Habana Vieja), Vedado and newer suburban districts. Culturally rich, the city has superb museums, galleries, theatres and music halls, so thespians will be pleased with the variety of entertainment on offer. From the high flying days of Ernest Hemingway, there are opportunites to indulge in rum tasting, diaquiri downing and tripping the boards to the strains of salsa and rumba. Havana is colourful, vivacious, quirky and full of raw energy.
Havana holidays benefit from the location south of the Florida Keys as the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean here and the climate is tropical with endless days of sunshine and the temperature rarely drops below 10°C.
Take a trip to the Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas, established in 1845, where famous cigars are made even to this day and watch the workers hand roll the tobacco leaves in the blink of an eye.
Old Havana remains the hub of entertainment and vibrant nightlife, but parts of Vedado are now becoming popular and have begun to rival the historic centre. However, for great ambience and gorgeous surroundings, it is hard to beat the alleyways, overhanging balconies and shuttered windows of Havana Viejo where cigar smoking locals still hold sway and the greetings are familiar and friendly. This is the real Havana. Sip a Cuba Libre and you'll know you have arrived.
Did You Know...?
Havana’s nickname is “the City of Columns”
Fidel Castro was a fan of John Lennon and even dedicated a Havana park to him.
The former Bacardi Rum building is one of the most beautiful in Havana.
Top Reasons to Visit Havana
- Iconic Architecture
- Rich Historical & Cultural Sites
- Stunning Public Spaces
Old Havana: The original city, Old Havana is full of beautiful, colourful buildings and traditional Cuban charm. This is the place to go to take in the authentic Havana of years past.
Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro: This fortress guards Havana Bay and was named after the three biblical Magi. The castle can be seen for miles around and marks one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
El Capitolio: Located in the exact centre of Havana, this public building is one of the most visited tourist sites in the city. It was built in the 1920’s and is undergoing repairs to serve as Cuba's National Assembly.
Rich Historical & Cultural Sites
Museum of the Revolution: Located in the former Presidential Palace, the building was converted into a museum following the Cuban Revolution in the mid-20th century. Now, it holds exhibits with artefacts and photography from the war.
Finca Vigía: The previous resident of Lost Generation author Ernest Hemingway, this residence is a must-see in Havana. It is now a well-preserved museum which you can tour and experience how the famous writer lived.
La Cabaña: The third-largest fortress complex in the Americas, La Cabaña has protected the city of Havana since the 18th century. During the revolution, La Cabaña was actually used as a prison, but now functions as a museum depicting the fortress’s history.
Castillo de la Real Fuerza: Situated on the western side of the harbour in Havana, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza is a bastion fort built to defend the city from pirate attacks in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest stone fort in the Americas.
Stunning Public Spaces
The Malecón: A broad promenade running for 8km along the coast, the Malecón is an essential place to go while in Havana. Numerous businesses pop up along the path as well as some of the city’s most important monuments.
Plaza de la Catedral: One of five main squares in Old Havana, the Plaza de la Catedral includes an enchanting, cobblestone pedestrian area as well as the beautiful baroque Catedral de la Virgen María as a backdrop.
Paseo del Prado: An urban promenade in the centre of the city, Paseo del Prado is located just between the Old city and Central Havana. A stroll down this wide, tree-lined street is a great way to take in Havana’s beauty and charm.
Havana Airport Transfers & Weather
José Martí International Airport (HAV)
Distance from José Martí International Airport to downtown Havana: about 16km
The fastest and most direct option, though slightly more expensive, is a private transfer. This is a private vehicle just for you and the people travelling with you. There are no stops and no waiting at the airport.