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24 hours in Havana: Tips to Follow

24 hours in Havana: Tips to Follow

Posted by PanamericanWorld on April 10, 2017

This is the most extensive list of accommodation in Cuba, with thousands of options for you to pick from across the island. Whether you want to stay in a luxurious 1950s-style hotel in Havana’s historic centre, or get a flavour for real life in a downtown home-stay, we have all the options for you.

The morning

24 hours in Havana

Start the day with a fresh breakfast from your casa particular (guest house) or hotel. Wherever you stay in Cuba, breakfast is a real highlight of the day. It usually includes bountiful-amounts of exotic fruit, fresh juices, eggs cooked to taste, bread and pancakes.

Once you are fully fed, hail down a taxi and head to Havana Vieja, the historic city centre. Starting in the Plaza del Armas, spend two hours walking the winding streets of Havana, soaking in the colours, cars and electric atmosphere. Take a look in one of the many art-gallery shops, grab a coffee in an old cafe and take a peek at some of the colonial buildings that are often converted into public spaces.

Mid-morning

24 hours in Havana

After getting a flavour of the historic city centre, take a trip to the Museo de la Revolución (Museum of the Revolution) and get to know the country’s history.

Pick up a fresh sugar-cane juice, or a batido de mango, a delicious milk-based smoothie, as you stroll towards the Museum, also located in the historic city centre.

Lunch

By now you will probably be hungry. With so many cool cafes and restaurants appearing in recent years, there are a lot of great options for lunch. One of the top spots is El Chanchullero (on Teniente Rey street, Habana Vieja). The tiny, graffitied-café is normally packed with Havana’s hipster crowd. Order the pineapple-chicken dish, you won’t regret it.

If you arrive at El Chanchullero and the queue is too big, there are tonnes of cafes nearby to grab a quick Cuban-sandwich, or chicken and rice dish.

24 hours in Havana

Afternoon

24 hours in Havana

Take a lazy, post-lunch stroll down the Malecón, the coastal road that runs across the edge of the Old City. Here you can watch musicians practising, locals swimming and young Habeneros drinking beers and enjoying themselves.

If you have cash to splash, hop into a 1950s Cadillac for a one-hour-drive. These can be hailed near to Plaza de la Armas and the driver will normally take you on a route through the Old City and downtown.

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