Parque Central & Around
Statue of José Martí
The marble statue of José Martí (1905) in the center of Parque Central was the first of thousands to be erected in Cuba.
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...
La Manzana de Gómez
This once-elegant European-style covered shopping mall was built in 1910 and was once the pride of polite Havana society. By the 1990s...
Gran Teatro de la Habana
A theater since 1838, the amazing neobaroque Gran Teatro across from Parque Central is the seat of the acclaimed Ballet Nacional de...
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 Paseo de Martí (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.