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"HAVANA : LA HABANA VIEJA" Cuba Things to Do Tip by swesn

Cuba Things to Do: 396 reviews and 710 photos

  Streets of Old Havana
by swesn

La Habana Vieja is Old Havana, which is on the west side of the harbour. This area used to be surrounded by city walls and is also known as Colonial Havana. Across the harbour is the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. On the Old Havana side, the area is full of museums, parks, crowded alleys and important historical buildings. The Capitolio Nacional is an impressive landmark that is said to look like US Capitol Building in Washington DC.

Old Havana is a nostalgic, charming area lined with crumbling colonial houses, lively street-life where children play baseball with makeshift balls (bottle-caps or home made roll of cloth) and bats (piece of wood probably yanked from park benches) or marbles, Cuban-peso food and drink stalls set up on the side of the house facing the streets.

Tourists mill around here, admiring the lop-sided, moss-covered, colourful (in the peeling-paint sort of way) renaissance, neoclassical and baroque architecture. And ironically, in these admired architecture live the poorest of the Cuban people.

Naturally, here is also the place where tourists are faced with the highest level of harrassments and possibly, proposals from jinteros or jinteras (prostitutes).

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  • Written Jun 15, 2003
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