Playa & Marianao attractions

Top Choice Public Art in Playa & Marianao


Where does art go after Gaudí? For a hint, head west from central Havana to the seemingly low-key district of Jaimanitas, where Cuban artist José Fuster has turned his home neighborhood into a masterpiece of intrica…
Church in Playa & Marianao

Iglesia Jesús de Miramar

Despite its modernity, Playa cradles Cuba's second-largest church, an aesthetically pleasing neo-Romanesque structure topped by a giant dome. Built in 1948, it protects Cuba's largest pipe organ and – best of all – …
Landmark in Playa & Marianao

Taller-Estudio José Fuster

The centerpiece of Fusterlandia is the artist's own house, containing his workshop where you can view his paintings and ceramics, and sometimes see him at work.
Historic Building in Playa & Marianao

Club Habana

This fabulously eclectic 1928 mansion in Flores once housed the Havana Biltmore Yacht & Country Club. These days the establishment seems to have swung full circle and it is again a popular hangout for foreign co…
Park in Playa & Marianao

Parque Almendares

Running along the banks of the Río Almendares, below the bridge on Calle 23, is this welcome oasis of greenery and fresh air in the heart of the chaotic city. Parque Almendares might not be the Bois de Boulogne (wit…
Monument in Playa & Marianao

Monumento a Calixto García

The equestrian Monumento a Calixto García pays homage to the valiant general and military strategist who participated in Cuba’s three most important pro-independence wars against Spain. Twenty-four bronze plaques su…
Historic Building in Playa & Marianao

La Casa de las Tejas Verdes

Emerging from the tunnel under the Río Almendares, your first glimpse of Miramar is the so-called 'house of the green tiles,' a subtle hint of the eclecticism to come: this is the only example of Queen Anne architec…
Museum in Playa & Marianao

Fundación Naturaleza y El Hombre

This tiny museum seems to confirm the old adage that 'small is beautiful,' displaying artifacts from a 17,422km canoe trip from the Amazon source to the sea, led by Cuban intellectual and anthropologist António Núñe…
Aquarium in Playa & Marianao

Acuario Nacional

Founded in 1960, the national aquarium is a Havana institution that gets legions of annual visitors. Despite its rather scruffy appearance, this place leaves most other Cuban acuarios (aquatic centers) in the shade …
Marina in Playa & Marianao

Marina Hemingway

Havana’s premier marina was constructed in 1953 in the small coastal community of Santa Fé. After the revolution it was nationalized and named after Castro’s favorite Yanqui. The marina has four 800m-long channels, …