La Maqueta de la Capital

Museum in Playa & Marianao

Havana itself is somewhat dilapidated in parts and so, ironically, is this huge 1:1000 scale model of the city that looks like it could do with a good dusting. The model was originally created for urban-planning purposes, but is now a tourist attraction. It is going through a protracted renovation, but can usually still be viewed.

Nearby, the two parks on Av 5, between Calles 24 and 26, with their immense banyan trees and shady lanes, are an atmospheric pocket.