Havana, The Capital Of Cuba

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Cuba is stunning country located south of Florida. The capital is Havana, populated by three million people of a total 11 million who live in Cuba. Country is most famous for Fidel Castro, longtime president and revolutionary, who because of illness left presidential powers to his younger brother Raul. We mention this only because of that good old (and accurate) thesis: visit now while it is specific and unique, before the globalization takes it and turns it around.

Havana (or La Habana is the largest city on the Caribbean islands as well as the political, cultural and economic center of Cuba. The old part of town, La Habana Vieja is the best preserved Spanish colonial complex in the entire American territory, and in 1982 it was declared as a World Heritage site under UNESCO protection. Many old buildings have been turned into museums, and in the restoration of the facade millions of US dollars were invested. The old town is a delight to explore, because a lot of colonial buildings that are in amazingly good condition.

The Spaniards founded the city in 1519 and just 30 years later, it became very important center of ship building in the Caribbean. Here you will encounter neoclassical and baroque architecture at every step, so sight seeing never stops. One poet called it “hermosadama” which in Spanish means “enchanting lady,” and it really is. It is like a proud old lady with wrinkled face, who no longer has the strength to put makeup, but many features reveal that once she was a beautiful girl. Its residents give it her soul and it does not intend to die for a long time.

While you walk the streets, passers are smiling, and they will often try to talk to you. From every cafe you can hear the rhythms of the old sona and recent salsa and musicians work from 10 in the morning until late at night.

If you dance in the street you will soon be joined by the others. It is a city that breathes past times, exciting nightlife and warmly inhabitants. It maintains cultural connection with all that made this country a revolutionary icon.

In addition there are very many stores for those who want to bring home cigars, rum, CD with Cuban music, t-shirt with Chee Guevara portrait or some handmade items. Not far away, along the coast, Malecon promenade stretches which is main place of gathering for young people, at night and day. While you hear shouts of cheering youngsters who happily jump into the water and compete who will make a better somersault, mingling with the roar of seagulls flying over the coast, the breeze will often make the melancholy tones of love melodies.

Cuba is a country of love and flirting is seen at every step. You will receive the compliments on the street, on the bus or whichever way you go. At night the Malecon turns into a stage and every few hundred meters a group of five to ten musicians are playing and dancing for their own and other people’s pleasure. City is rich in historical monuments that speak about a mixture of various cultures and influences. The new part of the city is a modern metropolis with squares, modern architecture, a number of exclusive hotels and exotic clubs and bars, and each year it attracts more and more tourists.

If you head to back streets, you will think that you are lost in the past, in the good old fifties, because you will come across a bulky old timers of vivid colors. The tour is a unique experience. Boat ride to the fort, cannon firing ceremony and tours of the residence and colonial houses, can be a fun and memorable trip. However, if you want to experience the true spirit of Cuba and walk around neighborhoods where there are no tourist attractions you will experience the incredible atmosphere. Visit small Salsa cafes, open-air cafes in with street musicians and bands that play while they have strength or while the audience cheers smiles, applause.




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