Parque Central & Around
Statue of José Martí
Havana's oldest hotel first opened its doors in 1856 on the site of a popular bar called El Louvre (the hotel's alfresco bar still bears...
It might look unmistakably neobaroque, but the ornate Centro Gallego was erected as a Galician social club between 1907 and 1914. The...
Gran Teatro de la Habana
The amazing neobaroque theater across from Parque Central is the seat of the acclaimed Ballet Nacional de Cuba, founded in 1948 by...
This cafe has all the ingredients of a Champs-Élysées classic: a great location in Parque Central, waiters in waistcoats and delicate...
Parque Central & Around information
Diminutive Parque Central is a scenic haven from the belching buses and roaring taxis that ply their way along the Prado. The park, long a microcosm of daily Havana life, was expanded to its present size in the late 19th century after the city walls were knocked down. The marble statue of José Martí (1905) at its center was the first of thousands to be erected in Cuba.
Raised on the 10th anniversary of the poet's death, the monument is ringed by 28 palm trees planted to signify Martí's birth date: January 28. Hard to miss over to one side is the group of baseball fans who linger 24/7 at the famous Esquina Caliente , discussing form, tactics and the Havana teams' prospects in the play-offs.