Holidays in Havana can include sightseeing, partying, dancing, visits to art galleries and trips to nearby beaches as well as fine dining and drinking.
Havana is located on the north coast of Cuba and was constructed around a natural harbour. Part of its charm lies in its imperfections and you shouldn’t expect a pristinely renovated city with full amenities. Instead, Havana’s Old Town is a haven of colonial architecture and interesting buildings, with ample opportunities for people watching and for wandering down narrow streets taking in the unique atmosphere. The choice of Havana hotels is wide. Luxurious renovated buildings abound in the centre of the city, particularly the Old Town, offering elegance and space. There are cheaper options available in smaller guest houses. Holiday Havana to take in some culture, to immerse yourself in a different way of life and to experience some Latin energy. Many tourists visit on a package holiday Havana which can be a good way to combine a stay in the city with some relaxation at one of Cuba’s beach resorts. Havana holidays can be lively every night is party night in Havana, particularly in the Vedado district. Pull on your party shoes for a night salsa dancing or listen to some live music in an Old Town bar. In the daytime, soak up the ambience of Havana’s old town and take a salt-sprayed walk along the historic Malecón. Take photos of ornate colonial palaces then watch the sun set over the city from the shady roof of your hotel with a freshly-made cocktail in your hand. Havana has many restaurants to choose from and your dining options are widened if you take a meal in one of the ‘paladares’, family-run restaurants often located in somebody’s front room. The food here tends to be more varied than in the state-run restaurants. A Havana holiday is perfect for an adventurous yet romantic honeymoon. Sip cocktails on the terrace as the sun sets, dine al fresco in candlelit restaurants on some delicious Caribbean food, walk hand in hand through the city’s colonial streets and, if you’re both feeling energetic, salsa the night away in one of Havana’s lively clubs. Havana deals, great for honeymooners, often include a week or a few nights at one of Cuba’s beachside resorts for some pampering and relaxation. There’s a good choice of romantic and elegant hotels in the city with deals on honeymoon suites and packages.
The historic old town of Havana, also known as Habana Vieja, is one of the prime destinations for tourists. A holiday in Havana isn’t complete without a stroll round this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Habana Vieja boasts some superb architecture, amazing buildings and expansive plazas. The Old Town has a rich variety of churches, forts, museums and mansions to explore. Most of the popular museums and galleries can be found in this area. In fact, no spot is too far from another in the centre of Havana. The Museo de la Cuidad is located on the Plaza de Armas and contains some of the city's treasures. The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes houses a vibrant collection of both Cuban and international art while the Museo de la Revolucion showcases all you need to know about Cuba's history and struggle for independence.Take a stroll as the sun sets along the Malecón, the crumbling sea wall that joins Old Havana to Vedado and features in many postcard views of the city. The famous Hotel Nacional towers above the sea at one end of the Malecón. Stop there for a mojito in the hotel’s lush gardens. Vedado, a buzzing suburb of Havana, is home to a rich mix of galleries, night clubs, restaurants and cafes. If you need a little rest from dancing, head out of the city to Cuba's beaches. Other excursions include a guided trip to a cigar factory to see the famous Cuban cigars being made. Hotels in Havana are varied and the choice is wide. Stay in Havana hotel 3* Hostal Valencia for a taste of Cuban history. It was originally built for one of Havana's town council and has been renovated with discretion. Historic touches include the terracotta tiles on the staircase, mahogany beams and a sunny cobbled courtyard. The hotel has a sense of charm and a relaxed ambience. The 4* Hotel Florida is a Colonial-style building in the heart of the city. Opened in 1885, this hotel has a long-standing reputation and is an elegant choice. It has 25 rooms, two bars and a restaurant plus a ground floor courtyard with a sliding glass roof. 4* Hotel Raquel is just steps away from the Old Square. It has three floors and a terrace, along with marble floors and columns and an elegant restaurant. There are 21 standard rooms and a choice of mini-suites offering more space and a balcony. Havana resorts include the 5* Melia Cohiba, a 462-room hotel located near the Malecon. Most rooms have ocean views and include 21 Senior Suites with whirlpool bath. The hotel has a buffet restaurant and a gourmet dining room specialising in Mediterranean cuisine. There's also an international grill restaurant and one serving Italian food. One of the hotels Havana offers in the 5* Saratoga, right in the heart of the city. It provides 96 rooms, two restaurants and two bars, and a romantic roof garden. There's also a swimming pool on the roof and gym and spa facilities. José Martí International Airport is Cuba’s main airport, 25 km southwest of Havana. Cuban national airline Cubana de Aviación flies to 11 Cuban cities, making it an option if you want to get around as many sights as possible. Find cheap Havana holidays or Havana late deals with airlines like Virgin Atlantic which has regular flights to the capital. Anytime is a good time to visit Havana as there is much to do that doesn’t depend on perfect weather. However, many Northern-hemisphere visitors take holidays to Havana in the winter months and hotels can get busy during these times. Cheap holidays to Havana can be found by looking for departures outside the peak seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to October, when heavy rains can frequently disrupt the afternoons if only for a few hours. This also coincides with hurricane season. There’s not much of a variation between day and night temperatures and humidity rests at around 80 percent so make sure you’ve got plenty of water for your sightseeing trips. Havana is a good destination for cultural activities, for a vibrant nightlife and some good food. To maximise your holiday experience include an excursion further afield, to the countryside or beaches as well as to cigar factories and markets.