Top Choice Landmark in Centro Habana

Capitolio Nacional

The incomparable Capitolio Nacional is Havana's most ambitious and grandiose building, constructed after the post-WWI sugar boom ('Dance of the Millions') gifted the Cuban government a seemingly bottomless treasure …
Top Choice Fort in Habana Vieja

Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro

This imposing fort was erected between 1589 and 1630 to protect the entrance to Havana harbor from pirates and foreign invaders (French corsair Jacques de Sores had sacked the city in 1555). Perched high on a rocky …
Top Choice Fort in Habana Vieja

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

This 18th-century colossus was built between 1763 and 1774 on a long, exposed ridge on the east side of Havana harbor to fill a weakness in the city's defenses. In 1762 the British had taken Havana by gaining contro…
Top Choice Landmark in Playa & Marianao

Taller-Estudio José Fuster

Where does art go after Gaudí and Picasso? For a hint, head west from central Havana to Jaimanitas, where Cuban artist José Fuster (b 1946) has turned his home neighborhood into a masterpiece of tiles, turrets and e…
Historic Building in Centro Habana

Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás

One of Havana's oldest and most famous cigar factories, the landmark neoclassical Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás was founded in 1845 by Spaniard Jaime Partagás. Today some 400 workers toil for up to 12 hours a day…
Landmark in Habana Vieja

Cámara Oscura

On the northeastern corner of Plaza Vieja is this clever optical device providing live, 360-degree views of the city from atop a 35m-tall tower. Explanations are in Spanish and English.
Historic Building in Habana Vieja

Casa de la Obra Pía

One of the more muscular sights on Calle Mercaderes is this typical Havana aristocratic residence originally built in 1665 and rebuilt in 1780. Baroque decoration – including an intricate portico made in Cádiz, Spai…
Fort in Habana Vieja

Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta

One in a quartet of forts defending Havana harbor, La Punta was designed by the Italian military engineer Giovanni Bautista Antonelli and built between 1589 and 1600. During the colonial era a chain was stretched 25…
Monument in Regla & Guanabacoa

Colina Lenin

From the museum, head straight (south) on Martí past Parque Guaicanamar, and turn left on Albuquerque and right on 24 de Febrero, the road to Guanabacoa. About 1.5km from the ferry you'll see a high metal stairway t…
Landmark in Habana Vieja

Edificio Bacardí

Finished in 1929, the magnificent Edificio Bacardí is a triumph of art deco architecture with a whole host of lavish finishings that somehow manage to make kitsch look cool. Hemmed in by other buildings, it's hard t…