Parque Almendares

sights / Parks & gardens

Lonely Planet review

Running along the banks of the city's Río Almendares, below the bridge on Calle 23, is this wonderful oasis of greenery and fresh air in the heart of chaotic Havana. The park has been undergoing a slow restoration (and cleaning up) for over a decade: benches now line the river promenade and plants grow profusely.

There are also many facilities here, including an antiquated miniature golf course , the Anfiteatro Parque Almendares (a small outdoor performance space) a playground and – the most recent addition – a dinosaur park contained stone reproductions of the monstrous reptiles. There are several good places to eat.