Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Cuba


Cuba
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba is an island country in the Caribbean. To the north of Cuba lies the United States and the Bahamas, Mexico is to the west, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast. It is home to over 11 million people and is the most populous island nation in the Caribbean, as well as the largest by area. Cuba is a very beautiful country and also famous for its cigars. Cuba offers unique events, hot music scene and also immaculate beaches for tourist’s attractions. The place has become the dream of travelers. Here are the most popular fifty tourist attractions in Cuba that you can visit with your family. www.travelrows.com

1. Cayo Santa Maria’s beach

Cayo Santa Maria’s beach is one among the most fascinating beaches of the world. It is located on the north east coast, this tiny island, with its seven miles of virtually untouched beaches has been designated a UNESCO reserve, making it a spectacular spot for spending your vacation. It is also home to quite a lot of memorable wildlife, and visitors should not be surprised to spot flamingos, endemic lizards, mollusks and the island’s national bird – the Tocoroco bearing all the colors of the Cuban flag. Cayo also offers a lot to nature lovers and will be delighted to find the island is home to 248 species of flora. The coral barrier protects the beach from winds.

2. Havana

Havana is the capital city of Cuba and one among the most interesting cities of the world. This beautiful city will just amaze you; this city will offer you everything that your mind can think off. It is quite famous for its revolutionary culture, communist imagery, and cigars and rum. You’ll picture beaches and salsa, slogans and parties and it’s a place that every one wants to visit. Even the residents are deeply enamored with their city, and you probably won’t even have to come here to know why. On your tour to Cuba make sure to visit this city. Here you’ll find a city that, for all its reputation, is far from traditionally beautiful: the older buildings are largely in a state of ill repair, and the more modern, communist influenced edifices are more impressive for their meaning than they are to look at.

3. Morro Castle Fortress

Morro Castle Fortress is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Cuba. The Legendary Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca or Castillo de El Morro is among the beautiful places of the Caribbean city of Santiago de Cuba. Initially it was constructed in the year 1589 in response to raids on Havana harbor, el Morro protected the mouth of the harbor with a chain being strung out across the water to the fort at La Punta. Morro Castle in Havana shares the name with other structures in Santiago de Cuba and the Castillo de San Felipe Del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “morro” in Spanish means a rock which is very noticeable from the sea and hence serves as a navigational landmark.

4. The Vinales Valley

Another very significant tourist destination of Cuba is the Vinales Valley. It is said to be the most impressive part of the Pinar del Rio province and it is situated approximately 200 km west from Havana city. The Vuelta Abajo area is known for the cultivation of high quality tobacco, this Cuban tobacco is considered by experts as the best tobacco of the world. One of the most favorite place of tourist here is The “Mogotes”, round hills, rock formations of lime stone covered with vegetation and palm trees are charateristic and impressive. The environment and the landscape are so very unique that it’s added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

5. Valley of the Sugar Mills

The Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) are among the most popular attractions of Cuba to be found in the south-central Cuban city of Trinidad. It has a total area of about 104 square mile which includes 3 valleys: San Luis, Santa Rosa and Meyer, in an area where the extraordinary development of the Cuban sugar industry began in the 18th century. It is said that in this valley still remain the ruins of the numerous sugar refineries that once gave such splendor to the area but which today constitute little more than archaeological artifacts of that industry. One of the best places conserved in the valley are the main house of the sugar magnate Manacas Iznaga and a tower of the same name, which according to legend was constructed by the owner who used to keep watch on the slaves working in the sugarcane plantations.

6. Cayo Coco beach

One of the most fascinating places to visit in Cuba is surely the Cayo Coco beach. It is considered as one of the most paradisiacal places in Cuba which is to be found in the north area of Ciego de Ávila province. One of the best engineering works of the Cuban architecture is the embankment that joins the Isla de Turiguanó with the key. By car, the view is amazing: to both sides of the sea which has a blue that one can only observe in the warm waters that surround the island, you can enjoy stands to the front of your sight with an incredible vegetation, and from time to time you may observe groups of flamingos refreshing of the heat in the banks of the highway.

7. The Che Guevara Mausoleum

One of the very interesting places to visit in Cuba is definitely The Che Guevara Mausoleum (Mausoleo Che Guevara) which is considered to be very memorial in Santa Clara. It houses the ruins of executed Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in the year 1967 during Guevara’s attempt to spur an armed uprising in Bolivia. The full area which contains a bronze 22 foot statue of Che is referred to as the Ernesto Guevara Sculptural Complex.

8. Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana

Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana is a must visit spot for tourist in Cuba. They started the construction on the church by the Jesuits in 1748, which weren’t around to see it finished in 1777 — King Carlos III of Spain expelled them from Cuba during the year 1767. The cathedral’s Baroque facade is concurrently intimate and imposing, and one of the two towers is visibly larger, leaving a pleasing impression. The two bells in the taller, thicker tower are said to have been cast with gold and silver mixed into the bronze, giving them their sweet tone. The building material of Havana Cathedral includes coral, cut and hauled from the edge of the sea by slaves. It is said that here you can see fossils of marine flora and fauna in the stone of the cathedral.

9. Cienfuegos

One of the most interesting places to visit in Cuba is the Cienfuegos which is to be found in The South coast of the central region of Cuba. It has a singular history which is present in the Castle of Our Mother of Los Angeles of Jagua, loaded of legend that for two fifty years has been the only access defending the best sea to one of bays of raft of The Hispanic America. It is the capital of the province with the same name, was designed in its ultimate layout by French colonos in 1819. It is a region also equipped with innumerable natural attractiveness and a vast culinary culture.

10. Matanzas

Another very famous city of Cuba is Matanzas which is well known for its Afro-Cuban tradition. It is to be found on the northern coast of the island of Cuba on the Bay of Matanzas, this city is located at a distance of approximately ninety kilometers from Havana in Cuba and 32 kilometers from the town of Varadero. Matanzas is broadly visited by various tourists. The total area of Matanzas is 317 square kilometers and it features a population thickness of about 453.3 per square kilometers.

11. Bellamar Caves

Cuba’s Bellamar Caves have been one of the most renowned tourist attractions in Cuba ever since their discovery in the latter 1800′s. it is located around sixty 60 miles from Havana, and just 25 miles from Varadero, the Cuevas de Bellamar, as they are known in Cuba, will blow your mind. Ornate crystal sculptures, underground rivers and ponds, and indigenous pictographs can all be found inside the Bellamar Caves. It is for sure one of the must visit places in Cuba. The beauty of this place can only be experience and connote be expressed.

12. Santa Clara

One of the most significant and well known cities of Cuba is Santa Clara. It forms the capital city of the region of Villa Clara in Cuba which is to be found in the central region of the nation, this city was founded by 175 people. Here you will find some of the best interesting places to visit by tourist, Santa Clara makes for a fascinating tourist places. The reputed images which are identified with Santa Clara are Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Marta Abreu de Estevez. The former was a revolutionist, while the latter was considered to be the “Benefactress of the city”.

13. Old Havana

Old Havana is the city center and one among the fifteen districts of Havana, Cuba. The place of the original Havana city walls are the modern boundaries of Old Havana. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is said to resemble Cadiz and Tenerife. Here you will find a lot amazing things to do such as the big ancient monuments, the forts, the convents and churches, the palaces, the alleys, the arcade, the human density. It is said that the Cuban State has undertaken enormous efforts to preserve and to restore Old Havana through the efforts of the Office of the Historian of the City, directed by Eusebio Leal.

14. Camaguey

Another one of the most attractive places to visit in Cuba is Camaguey which is very exciting and appeals a lot to its visitors. Camaguey is the biggest region in the country of Cuba. The land is mainly occupied by tourist. Camaguey makes for a unique tourist place and is visited by numerous tourists every year. The northern coastal region of Camaguey features the Jardines Del Rey constituted by the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago.

15. Cienfuegos

Another one of the most fascinating places to visit in Cuba is Cienfuegos which is very interesting and appeals a lot to its visitors. It is said to be one of the reputed Cuba tourist place is Cienfuegos. This city is situated on the southern coastal area of Cuba. It is the capital city of the Cuban province of Cienfuegos. Every year a considerable amount of tourists visit Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is set at a distance of about 250 kilometers from Havana in Cuba.

16. Holguin

Holguin is a very popular tourist destination of Cuba is Holguin which also stands as the capital city of the province of Holguin in Cuba. It was established by Garcia de Holguin after whom the region got its name. Holguin is thus one of the prominent Cuba tourist place. Visitors here can enjoy panoramic views of the entire city from the hill of Loma de la Cruz. The city also features a baseball stadium. There are six waterfalls and six dams in Holguin. The largest waterfall in Cuba, Guayabo is situated in Holguin. Visiting this city of Cuba is definitely worth it.

17. Sancti Spiritus

Sancti Spiritus is one the most visited tourist places of Cuba and it is considered as one of the significant regions in Cuba. The capital city bears the same name as Sancti Spiritus. Trinidad is the other renowned city in this region. It is said about Sancti Spiritus that it is well-visited by tourists from various parts of the nation and also overseas. Visiting this place will be one of you memorable experiences. The southern coastal part of the province of Sancti Spiritus in Cuba features a plain land. The western part of the province features hilly areas. The coastal part to the north of this province comprises secured areas and wetlands – Caguanes National Parka and Bay of Buena Vista.

18. Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cuba is surely Santiago de Cuba. It forms the capital of the Santiago de Cuba Province. Located in the south-eastern part of Cuba, this city is another major destination in the nation. It is crowded by a good number of visitors from across the globe. Santiago de Cuba was constituted by Diego Velazquez de Cuellar. Santiago de Cuba played an important function in the Cuban Revolution. The well-known revolutionist Frank Pais belonged to this city.

19. Varadero Beach

Among the most popular beaches of Cuba is the Varadero Beach which is stretches to twenty kilometers of sands which makes it the well known beach holiday resort by quite a long way. 28 diving spots, shallow clear waters and a huge variety of flora and fauna are just some of the reasons Varadero beach is world distinguished for its excellence. It is said that its water is shallow for several meters out, making it a safe choice for children, and the waters are so beautiful and clear that it is possible to see the seabed for long stretches. Visiting this beach is surely a treat especially for divers. It has the area boasting a huge variety of fish, lobsters, crabs and shrimps with over 40 species of coral and 70 kinds of mollusks. It is a very enjoyable place to visit with your family and friends.

20. Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas is among the most prominent places to visit in Cuba, and is equally popular among the tourist also. It is considered to the oldest square in Old Havana which is completely surrounded by beautiful buildings on all sides. In the centre of the square is Parque Cespedes, it is a delightful place to sit & relax in the shade of its beautiful trees. In the centre of the park you will find a white marble statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, he was a Cuban patriot & initiator of the Ten Years War against Spanish colonial rule in 1868.

21. Guardalavaca Beach

Another most visited Beaches of Cuba is the Guardalavaca Beach which is found facing the Atlantic Ocean it is said to have the beautiful golden sands and turquoise oceans. This beach is considered ideal for those who love to enjoy in a cool and calm atmosphere. It is not a populated beach, in fact it is 3 kilometres long it’s one of the smallest beaches in Cubat, but it’s still worth a visit. It’s protected by coral reefs 300 metres out, making it a fascinating microclimate for sea life. It is a great area to dive in. The water is clear, with visibility of 20 metres.

22. Plaza de San Francisco

One of the most amazing places to visit in Havana is the Plaza de San Francisco. You will find inside the centre of this striking square giving it an Andalusia feel is the Fuente de los Leones. The fountain is modeled on the one in the Alhambra in Granada. The main building in the square is the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis. It was constructed during the 16th century as the home of the Franciscan community. Attached to it is a 42 m high bell tower. This square is considered as most picturesque spot and gives you a lot of photo opportunities.

23. Cayo Largo beach

Cayo Largo beach is a well known dive site and boasts some of Cuba’s most attractive coral reefs as well as gorgeous beaches of white, unspoilt sands. It is to be found on the east side of the Island. The biggest selling point for Cayo Largo’s beach ahead of the island’s others is that it really feels removed from the pressures of city life. This place is considered ideal for those who want to relax, from the hurdles of the big cities. You will not find many big restaurants here. It is considered perfect for couples, families and singles alike.

24. The Museum of the Revolution

One of the most remarkable places to visit in Cuba is The Museum of the Revolution which was in the beginning the Presidential Palace. Any body who visits this place would simply mesmerize this beauty. It is an absolutely opulent building; it’s hard to take it all in. you need to spend quite a good amount of time here to explore the complete museum. The museum is near the site where Fidel and Che originally landed in 1956 when they successfully overthrew the government. It is open for the visitors daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

25. Fabrica de Tabaco Partagas

This is one of the major cigar factories in Havana. Tours are arranged on daily basis that leave every 20-30 minutes or so, depending on the language of the tour you want (english, spanish, french, german, italian etc.). The price is 10CUC and it is a good way to understand how the factories actually work, and is approximately 45 minutes in length. Taking photos here is not permitted. You will also find a bar and cigar shop on the first floor of the factory. Here you will actually learn how cigars are made.

26. Havana Plaza de la Revolución

The Plaza is one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in Cuba and it is also considered as one of the world’s largest city squares, measuring 72000 square meters. The square is prominent as being where many political rallies take place and Fidel Castro and other political figures address Cubans. The square is dominated by the which features a 109 m (358 ft) tall tower and an 18 m (59 ft) statue. The National Library, many government ministries, and other buildings are located in and around the the Plaza. Initially it was originally called Plaza Cívica. After the Cuban Revolution (1959), it was renamed “Plaza de la Revolución” or “Revolution Square.”

27. Castillo de la Real Fuerza

The Castillo de la Real Fuerza which is also known as the Castle of the Royal Force is one of the major attractions in old Havana and surely worth a visit. It was constructed by Spanish authorities to defend Havana from invasion from rival European power. Currently it houses a pottery museum, a cafe, and a small gift shop. It is the main architectural feature of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Havana Cuba and remains a heartrending reminder of Cuba’s rich history. Later it served as Cuba’s National Archive and National Library. After the Cuban Revolution, it housed government offices and a museum of arms before being converted into a museum of Cuban ceramics.

28. Trinidad

Trinidad Cuba is considered by far the best-preserved colonial town on the island, and one of the finest in all of the Americas. It was discovered during the year 1513 as a center for gold mining and farming. It has become very famous mainly for tobacco and sugar production in the early 1800s. By the 1950s, the older parts of Trinidad were recognized as a major historic object and efforts were made for their preservation and maintenance. Trinidad became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1988. Currently a lot of people take a Trinidad Cuba vacation annually. Tourist here enjoy historical sited as well as beach life. The historic center of Trinidad is the Plaza Mayor. You will also find here many tiny museums and historic buildings dot the square and surrounding area. Major tourist spots here include the Museo Romantico and Museo Historico, restored early nineteenth century houses; the Museum of Colonial Architecture; the Parroquial Mayor church; and the Museo Nacional de la Lucha contra Bandidos, with its famous bell tower.

29. Varadero

Varadero is one of the most popular tourist spots of Cuba who mostly enjoys the long white-sand beach; it is considered as one of the finest of all Cuba beaches. You will also find The Delfinario (dolphinarium), quite near Varadero, just along the Cuban coastline. It features a large pool surrounded by trees and other vegetation. Here you will find 4 dolphin shows daily between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, featuring aquatic and air acrobatics by the delfinario’s porpoise residents. It is an ideal place for enjoying your holidays with your family. In this beautiful city you will find many tourist attractions such as the Xanadu Mansion, the Bellamar Caves, and the Museo Varadero.

30. Cuevas de Bellamar

The Cuevas de Bellamar (Bellamar Caves) is one of the oldest and the most popular tourist attractions in Cuba. Annually thousands of vacationers take a tour of this stunning natural wonder. This place offers you a lot of tourist attractions that will simply amaze you, for example, the enormous cavern, with awe-inspiring structures of stalagmites and stalactites growing from the floor and ceiling. From here you will find about 100 feet through the Bellamar Caves along narrow corridors and through wide caverns. Glimpses of the natural crystal formations are well worth the visit.

31. The Great Theatre of Havana

The Great Theatre of Havana is a very popular place among the locals as well as the tourist. The theater possesses the biggest concert hall in the entire Cuba and has been the stage for shows by the National Opera. It is considered as one of the most elegant tourist spots in Cuba, it’s most widely known for the National Ballet of Cuba, which has earned worldwide recognition.

32. El Capitolio Nacional

El Capitolio Nacional is among the most visited places in Cuba. This domed structure is one of the most excellent figures in the Havana skyline. Inside the building you will find the La Estatua de la Republic, the third largest statue on the planet. It also houses the Cuban Academy of Science and the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. This structure was initially constructed for the Senate and House of Representatives. In Cuba the place is simply known as El Capitolio.

33. Cayo Coco

Another famous place to visit in Cuba is none other than Cayo Coco which is a tiny island situated in the Ciego de Avila province and is piece of the islands group named Jardines Del Rey. Here you will find here almost 20 km of white sands, coral reefs and attractive wildlife, over the years this island has become an emerging tourist destination. It is well known for its luxury resorts, and it’s one of the top 10 destinations in Cuba to enjoy a quite and relaxing vacation. Although it is a small island but it offers boasts some of the most stunning and peaceful beaches you’ll ever see in Cuba.

34. National Museum of Fine Arts

One of the museums that you should not miss in Cuba is the National Museum of Fine Arts. It is situated on Trocadero Street between Zulueta and Monserrate Street. The museum houses an outstanding art collection of colonial and modern art, including modern Cuban paintings from Portocarrero and Wilfredo Lam. This museum attracts mostly those who are interested in arts.

35. Rum Museum

A very famous museum among the local people and also the tourist is the Rum Museum which is located at the Avenida Del Puerto, opposite the Sierra Maestra terminal. The museum is the home of the well-known Havana Club rum (Fundación Distileria Havana Club) and displays the production of rum in a replica distillery. Here you will get the opportunity to taste the different brands and special editions in the adjacent bar-restaurant.

36. Malecon

Running along the waterfront, Havana’s Malecon is one of the more well-known tourist attractions in the entire Cuba. It was constructed early in the year 1900; this pedestrian walkway also features 6 lanes of significant city roadway that serves as one of the city’s major arteries. A popular meeting place for social gatherings, a parade route for special festivals. It is considered as the perfect place to watch the sun go down; taking in at least part of the Malecon is a must and very enjoyable when considering things to do in Cuba.

37. Cuban music

The music of Cuba is very popular and melodious. Their music takes abundance of influence from the country’s Afro-Cuban roots. Cuban music is original, innovative. To experience the music of Cuba you can visit to one of Cuba’s night clubs, or drop in on one of the countries many Music Houses and dance to live salsa, kick back to Cuban jazz, or see old masters deliver the famous Cuban Son. Son is surely one of Cuba’s major music genres, and is credited for shaping much of Cuban music after it. Buena Vista Social Club is mainly accountable for putting Cuban music on the map for those who weren’t familiar with it, and if you are planning a Cuba vacation, their CD are also fabulous.

38. Scuba Driving

Scuba Driving is one the best activities that you can enjoy in Cuba. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced diver or trying it for the first time, scuba diving in Cuba is certainly one of the more rewarding things to do in Cuba. Here you will find the best dive centers and facilities are springing up all over Cuba, offering trained instructors and a list of underwater destinations. Here you will be treated to a lot of species of colorful fish and all kinds of other interesting ocean creatures. Cayo Largo, Guardalavaca (Holguin), and Cayo Coco are just some of the possible Cuban destinations where you can enjoy world-class scuba diving.

39. Parque Josone

One of the most famous Parks of Cuba is none other than the Parque Josone Park which is a huge park in Varadero. It was constructed during the 1940s and was initially the property of factory owner Jose Uturrio who is thought to have built the mansion here for his wife. This beautiful and peaceful Parque Josone is home to gardens with large trees and flowers, a small lake with geese and other birds floating around, and ornamental bridges. It is considered an ideal place for enjoying and picnicking you’re your entire family. Visitors come here to rent rowboats and paddle around the lake. You will also find a swimming pool at one end of the park.

40. Parque Natural Punta Hicacos

The Parque Natural Punta Hicacos which is popularly also known as Parque Natural de Varaderos is situated at the far end of the Hicacos Peninsula at Varadero. This protected area is a nature reserve with a nice sand beach, a variety of plant species, a lagoon once used to mine salt, and caves. The 2 caves, Cueva de Ambrosio and Cueva de Musulmanes contain some one of its kind finds, including rock paintings and aboriginal fossils. Off shore from the Parque Natural Punta Hicacos are over twenty admired scuba diving sites.

41. Varadero Museum

The Varadero Museum which also referred as The Museo de Varadero is said to be one of the best tourist spots in Cuba. It housed in a 1920s beach house designed by architect Leopoldo Abreu. The design, with the surrounding balconies and wood veranda represents a best example of beach houses from that time period. It was renovated widely during 1980s. the famous artifacts that you can find here includes stuffed animals, period furniture, and the remains of a small two headed shark. Some of the old photos on display show Varadero in the 1940s and 1950s. There are also a variety of miscellaneous historical items from around Varadero.

42. Jardin de los Helechos

You will find Jardin de los Helechos 2 kilometers from downtown Santiago de Cuba on the road to El Caney. It’s a peaceful place with a lush haven of 350 types of ferns and 90 types of orchids that started life during the year 1976 as the private gathering of santiagüero Manuel Caluff. In 1984 Caluff donated his collection of 1000-plus plants to the Academia de Ciencias de Cuba (Cuban Academy of Science), which continues to keep the 3000-sq-meter garden in psychedelic bloom (the best time for orchids is November to January). The center of the garden has an inviting dense copse-cum-sanctuary dotted with benches.

43. Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas is ideal for those who are interested in knowing the real slice of Cuban life. It is said to be one of the most visited places in Havana. Here you will find many cafes and restaurants where visitors can relax and have a cool drink or pleasant meal. For those feeling the heat, the Plaza is blessed with many large trees and lawns and is a good spot to escape the intense tropical sun. It has been a central gathering spot in Havana for the past 500 years. Most of these buildings date from the mid to late 18th Century to the middle of the 19th Century. In the center of the square you will find a statue of the Cuban patriot Cespedes and also a beautiful fountain.

44. City Museum

One of the must visited places on your tour to Cuba should be the Museo de la Ciudad. The museum provides an excellent overview of the history of the city of Havana from its humble beginnings to the vibrant city it is today. There are many displays in the Museo de la Ciudad and it takes a while to tour. Be sure to check out the Hall of Heroic Cuba for a fascinating display of objects from the revolution. Art history buffs will want to visit the Espada Cemetery Room to view the tomb of famous French artist Vermay. Inside the throne room of the museum visitors can view a sumptuous chair that was built for the visit of a Spanish monarch but was never used. The highlight of a visit to the Museo de la Ciudad is the Salon de los Esperjos. This room has beautiful 19th Century mirrors and was where the official end of Spanish rule was proclaimed in 1899.

45. Palacio de los Capitanes Generales

Palacio de los Capitanes is a very famous place and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cuba. It was constructed in the late 18th Century and today houses the Museo de la Ciudad, Havana’s City Museum. The Palacio de los Capitanes has been in constant use since its beginning providing a residence to no less than 60 Spanish capitanes generals along with the US governor prior to the revolution in 1898. It was designed by Antonio Fernandez de Trebejos y Zaldivar this palace is a very beautiful example of the unique architectural style of Cuban baroque. The building has a limestone façade with an arcade below and stained glass windows above.

46. University of Havana

University of Havana is a very prominent University. It is home to 30,000 students and initially founded in 1721. The Universidad de La Habana has many unique sites on its campus of interest to tourists. Wandering in and amongst the various buildings built between 1906 and 1940, travelers will come across the main staircase and see the statue of the Alma Matter. Dating from 1919, the Alma Matter at the Universidad de La Habana was cast by Mario Korbel. The campus of this university also offers allegorical paintings; the Great Hall has a fine collection by Armando Menocal well worth checking out. The Museo Antropologico Montane has a good collection of archeological exhibits including the largest stone sculpture in the Caribbean, the Idolo de Bayamo. And coming towards the downstairs from the Museo Antropologico Montane you will find one of the oldest museums in Havana, the Museo de Historia Natural. The museum has interesting exhibits of Cuba’s flora and fauna.

47. Museo Napoleonico

Another interesting tourist spots of Cuba it The Museo Napoleonico which is located in Havana and displays the private collection of Julio Lobo, who was a collector of all things Napoleon. It is said that Lobo hired people to find and purchase Napoleonic mementos and memorabilia for his personal collection and when he left Cuba during the year 1959 his collection was then purchased by the Cuban government and is now housed in the Museo Napoleonico. Here you will fin on display many interesting artifacts which include his personal items belonging to Napoleon, including one of his teeth and a lock of his hair. The Museo Napoleonico also contains Napoleon’s death mask, as well as two portraits of the man, done by Andrea Appioni and Antoine Gros, a library of related topics, and weaponry. In total the collection contains more than seven thousand pieces.

48. Castillo Del Morro & Parque Historico Militar

One of the most interesting places to visit in Cuba is The Castillo Del Morro which is officially called Castillo de los Tres Reyes Del Morro, is to found at the entrance of the Bay of Havana. Currently the fort is open to visitors and is popularly known as the Parque Historico Militar. It was constructed in the late 16th Century and early 17th century to guard against pirate attacks, which were a regular threat at that time. It was designed by Italian engineer, Giovanni Battista Antonelli, and looks today much the same as it did in the 17th Century. One of the main changes to the fort is the lighthouse, which was reconstructed many times and then lastly replaced with a new lighthouse in the middle of the 19th Century built of solid stone.

49. Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana

The enormous Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana is to be found on top of La Cabana hill. At the time of its construction in the 1770s it was considered to be the biggest fort the Spanish had ever built and also the most expensive. Following the occupation by the British, who used this site to protect the port for their side, the Spanish set about building Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. Presently tourist can visit the fort, which includes a few museums. One of the most impressive of these is the Museo de Camandancia Del Che, with the office of Che Guevara persevered as it was during his time here. There are also some of his personal items on display. Here you will find 2 other historical museums, the Museo Monografico, which describes the history of the fort, and the Museo de Armas y Fortificaciones with various military displays.

50. Calle Obispo

It is said to be one of Havana’s most vibrant street, Calle Obispo is a great place for an evening stroll and it is said to be perfectly preserved. It gives you the feeling of being in ancient times. The street has a pulse, a beat that makes it feel alive. Rich in history, architecture, and entertainment, the Calle Obispo is famous Cuba-wide. The narrow roadway mass with life in the evening and many restaurants are available including the world famous El Floridita. Also noticeable is the Hotel Ambos Mundos, which will sound familiar to those who know of Ernest Hemmingway’s life. Fans of homeopathic and organic items should not miss Taquechel, a pharmacy selling Cuban notions and potions.


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