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Cuba
  • Behold the amazing former mansions houses in the old Havana, that still retain their charm with a lot of families residing, washed up clothes in public view, children playing continuously in high spirits, upbeat music and friends’ gatherings spending their evenings in the neighborhood.
  • Among its numerous landmarks:
  1. Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña, a fortress located on the east side of the Havana bay, La Cabaña is the most impressive fortress from colonial times, particularly its walls constructed at the end of the 18th century.
  2. El Capitolio Nacional, built in 1929 as the Senate and House of Representatives, this colossal building is recognizable by its dome which dominates the city’s skyline.  Nowadays, the Cuban Academy of Sciences headquarters and the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (the National Museum of Natural History) has its venue within the building and contains the largest natural history collection in the country.
  3. Castillo San Salvador de la Punta, a small fortress built in the 16th century, at the western entry point to the Havana harbour, it played a crucial role in the defence of Havana during the initial centuries of colonisation. It houses some twenty old guns and military antiques.
  4. The Great Theatre of Havana, famous particularly for the acclaimed National Ballet of Cuba, it sometimes hosts performances by the National Opera. The theater is also known as concert hall, García Lorca, the biggest in Cuba.
  5. Hotel Nacional de Cuba, an Art Deco National Hotel.Hotel Doña Maria, Hotel La Rabida, Hotel Nacional
  6. El Malecón Habanero, the avenue that runs beside the seawall along the north shore of Havana, from Habana Vieja to the Almendares River, it forms the northern boundary of Old Havana, Centro Habana and Vedado.
  7. Museo de la Revolución, located in the former Presidential Palace, with the yacht Granma on display behind the museum.
  • Drink the mojito in Havana’s beautiful squares, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas with bookstores, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja – perhaps you might enjoy bands playing live music.
  • The generic term “slum” is seldom used in Cuba, substandard housing is described: housing type, housing conditions, building materials, and settlement type. The National Housing Institute considers units in solares (a large inner-city mansion or older hotel or boarding house subdivided into rooms, sometimes with over 60 families) and shanty towns to be the “precarious housing stock” and tracks their number. Most slum units are concentrated in the inner-city municipalities of Old Havana and Centro Habana, as well as such neighbourhoods as Atarés in Regla. Shanty towns are scattered throughout the city except for in a few central areas
  • Enjoy your food in a paladar. Paladar (plural: paladares) is the popular name given to a small, family-run, private-owned restaurant in Cuba. Paladares are limited to 12 seats only (although they usually have more than that) and must cook local food, such as rice and bean, pork and seafood.
  • Bathe in the crystal clear waters of Guardalavaca and Maria La Gorda.
  • Taste bananas, chocolate and coffee, particularly in the luxurious area of Baracoa.  …You’ll reach cloud nine! It is so different in taste and so delicious …
  • Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city of Cuba is well-known for its traditional dances, most notably son, from which salsa has been derived, and guaguancó, which is accompanied by percussion music only. The city is also well-known for its Carnival, which is strangely enough celebrated in July. During Carnival, traditional conga music is played in the streets on a typical, pentatonic trumpet, called the trompeta china
  • Tourism officials like to say Trinidad is a museum in itself. Those visiting the 500-year-old city will find Spanish colonial architecture, underscoring a colonial ambiance that marks the tiny city one of the country’s greatest attractions. Only a few square blocks in size, historic Trinidad is famous for its lovely, cobblestone streets, pastel coloured houses with elaborate wrought-iron grills, as well as beautiful palaces and plazas. There are several world class casas de musica, and every night next to the church in plaza major is one of Cuba’s busiest dance floors. There are also excellent discotheques, one in a church ruins the other in a huge cave once used as a war time hospital.
  • Santa Clara is home to a mausoleum which houses the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during the Bolivia campaign. There is also a reconstruction of Guevara derailing the train during the Battle of Santa Clara.

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