The City of Havana

The City of Havana

Havana is the capital city of Cuba. It is also a port through which important commercial activities in the country are carried out. It is 781.58 km2 (301.77 sq mi) in size with about 2.1 million residents. Havana was made a city in 1592 by the then Spanish king, Philip II of Spain.


The city of Havana was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish people, soon serving in its country’s conquest of the Americas as the springboard. Havana is made up of three cities: Vedado, Old Havana, and the newer suburban districts.

National Capitol Building Malecon

As the name suggests, El Capitolio which is also known as Capitolio Nacional de La Habana, is a building that is a public entity. The El Capitolio was built between 1926 and 1929 and commissioned by President Gerardo Machado.

Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro – Morro Castle

Another part of the city that Havana is famous for is the Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro. In English, the name means “Castle of the Three Kings o Headland”. This is a port found on the rock palisades of Punta Barlovento. Its structure has it in the shape of a polygon that is irregular. The walls have a thickness of 10 feet and are made of stone.

The port was constructed in 1589 to offer protection to Havana against its unfriendly forces that came in through the harbor. The construction ceased in 1630. Some of its outstanding features at the time involved the use of a large chain to keep unwanted company away. It would be pulled up whenever there was perceived danger and even used to cause damage to the unwelcome boats.

Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro - Morro Castle
Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro – Morro Castle

Local Bar and Restaurant

Just like any other city in the world, especially one that is a tourist destination, Havana welcomes its visitors through restaurants and local bars. It has a lead spot in providing the “nouveau Cuban” cuisine taste. The experience is offered in both restaurants as well as in old palatial apartments, an old practice where Cubans welcomed guests into their houses (casa particular). As such, there are several highly ranked restaurants in the city and they include: La Guarida, El Cocinero, Otramanera, Casa Miglis, Café Laurent, El Café, El Dandy, among many others.

The City of Havana – Ride in an old car

Cubans love vintage cars which can be found in the country in abundance. Tourists wanting to enjoy the experience of riding in these old classic cars, from the 50s and earlier, can always book tours from the available tour companies in Havana and tour Cuba. Among the options presented online include choosing the convertible model and its color.

The City of Havana - Ride in an old car
The City of Havana – Ride in an old car

Guanabo Beach – Playa de Guanabo

Guanabo is a town that is also a beach and it is among the preferred beaches in the Ciudad de la Habana province. The beach has coconut palms, white sand and boasts of music too with daily life mainly from June to October. There is accommodation on the beach as well as water sports centers, restaurants and bars to support the daily life.