Instituto Superior de Arte
Isla del Coco
A huge new Chinese-built amusement park in Playa with big wheels, bumper cars, roller coasters, the works.
Palacio de las Convenciones
Also known as the Havana Convention Center, this is one of Cuba's most dramatic modern buildings. Built for the Nonaligned Conference in...
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas
At Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas , the anticholesterol wonder drug Ateromixol or PPG, was created. The installation is...
Sala de Fiesta Macumba Habana
Cocooned in a residential neighborhood southwest of Cubanacán is Macumba, one of Havana's biggest venues for live salsa. The outdoor...
Restaurante la Cova
Part of the Pizza Nova chain, this place also does fish, meat and rigatoni à la vodka. The pepperoni topping is purportedly flown in...
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Lonely Planet review
The leading art academy in Cuba was established in the former Havana Country Club in 1961 and elevated to the status of institute in 1976. The cluster of buildings – some unfinished, some half-restored, but all gloriously graceful due to the arches, domes and red brick – was the brainchild of Che Guevara and a team of architects.
Among them was Ricardo Porro, who designed the striking Facultad de Artes Plásticas (1961), which has long curving passageways and domed halls in the shape of a reclining woman. Some 800 students study here, and foreigners can too.