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    Tourist Attractions in Cuba

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Cuba. Photos and a brief description.

    About Cuba

    Hot tropical Cuba is one of the best places for a beach holiday. The Caribbean coast pleases tourists with the turquoise color of clear water, snow-white sand and sincere hospitality of local residents. The resorts of Havana, Varadero and Villa Clara open the doors of comfortable hotels and always offer quality service.

    They go to colorful Cuba for the passionate rhythms of salsa and rumba, for the constant atmosphere of the holiday that reigns on the streets painted in bright colors. The spirit of freedom, the almost unconditional adoration of the national hero Che Guevara, vintage cars on the streets and a constant siesta make this country unique and unlike others. Well, a tourist in Cuba is waiting for a celebration of life, dancing, spicy cuisine and an even Caribbean tan.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Cuba

    Capitol

    The former parliament building, built in 1929. Deputies sat in it for 30 years before the victory of the Cuban Revolution, after which the Capitol was turned into a conference hall and offices for some ministries. The structure is built in a pompous and solemn style and at the same time resembles the Cathedral of St. Peter in the Vatican and the American Capitol in Washington. The project was designed by architect Eugenio Piedra.

    Capitol in Havana
    Museum of the Revolution

    Museum of the Revolution

    The main museum of Cuba, housed in the former presidential Palace. After the fall of the Batista regime, many elements of the luxurious interior (for example, the lamps of the Tiffany jewelry company) were removed, but the original furniture and decoration were preserved. The museum has 30 halls and 9,000 exhibits telling about the history of Cuba since the XV century. The main focus, of course, is on the period of the Cuban Revolution.

    The Grand Theater of Havana

    The theater building is a remarkable example of the colonial Baroque style. The construction was carried out by the Belgian architect Paul Belau in 1915, or rather he reconstructed the old building of the theater in 1838. The stage was named after the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow in 1985 at the suggestion of the ballet prima Alicia Alonso. You can get inside not only for a concert, but also with a special excursion.

    The Grand Theater of Havana
    National Museum of Fine Arts

    National Museum of Fine Arts

    The largest art museum in Cuba, one of the most visited cultural sites in Havana. The exposition has existed since 1913, but only in 1954 a separate building was built for it. The museum's rich collection includes works by Latin American and European artists of the XVIII-XXI centuries, exhibits from earlier periods. Many works related to contemporary art are also exhibited.

    Cathedral of Havana

    The main Catholic cathedral of the country, built in a rather original style. The architects moved away from the traditional European canons and added a little local flavor. The cathedral has asymmetrical towers, coral was added to the usual stone when laying the walls, the facade lines were smoothed. The remains of Christopher Columbus were kept in the temple for almost 100 years, but then they were sent to Spain.

    Cathedral of Havana
    Ernest Hemingway House Museum

    Ernest Hemingway House Museum

    The world-famous writer spent the last years of his life in Cuba. At the insistence of his last wife, he bought an estate near his favorite bars. The house was turned into a museum in 1962. Everything remained exactly the same as it was during the writer's lifetime. Almost the entire free space is occupied by books in dozens of languages of the world, bookshelves reach the ceiling. Together with the Hemingway couple lived their numerous pets.

    Havana Club Rum Museum

    The bar is a museum where the visitor will be introduced to the history of the appearance of the famous drink, the technology of its manufacture and will be offered to taste several varieties. "Havana Club" is the most visited Cuban museum, the number of tourists per year reaches one million people. On weekends, the institution arranges dances to the accompaniment of an orchestra, and an atmosphere of endless celebration reigns around.

    Havana Club Rum Museum
    Prado Boulevard

    Prado Boulevard

    One of the central streets of Havana, stretching from the Central Park to the sea embankment. The boulevard appeared at the end of the XVIII century, was completely reconstructed and renovated in 1929. Colonial-style mansions line the edges of the street, the influence of Spain is clearly felt in the architecture of the houses. Walking around the Prado, with some assumptions, you can imagine that you are somewhere in Madrid or Seville.

    Malecon Embankment

    The main promenade of Havana, beloved by locals and tourists. It extends from the fortress of San Salvador de la Punta to new residential areas. Here you can learn a lot about the distinctive culture of Cubans, drink fragrant coffee or strong rum, dance salsa right on the pavement. Older Cubans like to fish on the embankment, and young people admire the sunsets and make dates.

    Malecon Embankment
    Plaza de Armas

    Plaza de Armas

    The main square of Havana, where cultural and government institutions are concentrated. During the design, it was assumed that in the event of an uprising or an armed conflict, weapons could be quickly distributed on the square (hence the name — "armas" in Spanish means "armament"). The place is the heart of Old Havana, in the center there is a monument in honor of the revolutionary Carlos Manuel Cespedes.

    Revolution Square

    A large square in the capital of Cuba, where Fidel Castro often gave speeches for hours and where thousands of rallies took place. A high tower with an observation deck is installed in the middle, graphic portraits of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro are flaunted on the edges of the buildings. Behind the observation tower there is an impressive Palace of the Revolution. Due to its size, the area around the square looks a little deserted.

    Revolution Square
    Jose Marti Memorial

    Jose Marti Memorial

    It was installed on Revolution Square in 1996. Jose Marti is a poet, revolutionary and a very revered figure in society. Inside the monument there is a repository of documents, engravings and other relics telling about the life and work of a public figure. The statue is located in front of the observation tower in the middle of the square. The Havana Jose Marti Memorial is one of the many monuments to the poet in the country.

    Mausoleum of Che Guevara

    The tomb of the great and still beloved by all Cubans revolutionary Che Guevara. The place for the mausoleum was not chosen by chance – in the city of Santa Clara there was a decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution, where the comandante won. The building was built by Cuban volunteers in 1988. The ashes of Che Guevara and his associates, transported from Bolivia, were buried here only in 1997.

    Mausoleum of Che Guevara
    El Morro

    Fortress of La Cabagna and El Morro

    Both fortifications rise above the peninsula on the western shore of Havana and guard the passage to the bay. The forts are part of the Morro Cabagna Historical Park. El Morro was built by the Spaniards in the XVI-XVII century to protect their newly acquired possessions, La Cabagna appeared in the XVIII century. The structure served as a garrison, warehouse and prison in different periods. In the evenings, the lighting of the walls turns on.

    La Real Fuerza Fortress

    The fort is one of the oldest in Latin America, originally it served to protect against pirate attacks. The fortress was built in the middle of the XVI century, during the next two centuries it was repeatedly rebuilt and strengthened. When the defensive functions lost their importance in the XIX century, an archive was organized in the building, then a library and a museum of ceramics were located here. In the 2000s, a maritime museum was established in the fortress.

    La Real Fuerza
    Fortress of San Pedro de la Roca

    Fortress of San Pedro de la Roca

    A defensive structure of the XVII century, erected to protect the city of Santiago de Cuba. Construction work continued for more than 40 years. The fortress was needed to protect the city from English pirates who constantly attacked Cuban harbors. In the first half of the XX century, the building was in disrepair, but then it was restored and entered the UNESCO lists. Now a museum of the history of piracy is open in the castle.

    Alexander Humboldt National Park

    A territory in the Northeast of Cuba with a unique tropical ecosystem. In 2001, UNESCO included the park in its protected lists. The area is named after a German explorer who visited the island at the beginning of the XIX century. Tourism on the territory of the reserve began to develop relatively recently, after the declaration of the lands as a nature protection zone. Now the park can be visited as part of an excursion.

    Alexander Humboldt National Park
    Bakonao National Park

    Bakonao National Park

    Protected natural area near the city of Santiago de Cuba. The park is known for the valley, where 200 life-size sculptures of dinosaurs and mammoths are installed. There is an aquarium with a tunnel in the reserve, from where it is interesting to observe the inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea. Tourists will also be interested in the museum of old cars. There are hotels and beaches in the coastal area of Baconao, but they are not considered the best in Cuba.

    Belyamar Cave

    The cave is located a few dozen kilometers from the resort of Varadero. Her visit is included in many excursions called "jeep safari". The cave was discovered in the middle of the XIX century by local shepherds who were looking for lost cattle. Its age, according to various estimates, is about 40 thousand years. Tourists can move only 300 meters deep, the rest of the levels are closed to visitors.

    Belyamar Cave
    Vinales Valley

    Vinales Valley

    A national park in the valley of the Sierra de los Organos mountain range. The reserve is protected by UNESCO. The territory consists of flat karst formations, flat hills (locals called them "elephant backs"), underground rivers, caves and waterfalls. In ancient times, Indian tribes lived in this territory. The Vinales Valley has a botanical garden and a former Palenque de los Cimarrones slave camp.

    Colon Cemetery

    Cemetery named after. Christopher Columbus in Havana, where cultural and public figures of Cuba who played an important role in the life of the country are buried. There are thousands of graves on the vast territory, many decorated with beautiful marble monuments. Chapels, statues, mausoleums, graves are scattered everywhere, fenced with curly fences. The cemetery can be considered as an independent cultural monument.

    Colon Cemetery
    Bakunayagua Bridge

    Bakunayagua Bridge

    An engineering structure built in the middle of the XX century to shorten the route from Havana to Matanzas. The construction lasted only two years. The bridge is supported by 41 columns more than 100 meters in height, the total length of the structure is more than 300 meters. Nearby there is an observation deck with a view of the valley of the Yumuri River. Here you can also have lunch and listen to Cuban national music.

    Villa Dupont

    A mansion formerly owned by an American millionaire. It is located on the Ikakos Peninsula. Before the victory of the Cuban Revolution, rich foreigners settled in this area and built luxury villas for themselves. After 1959, the lands along with the houses were nationalized. From this moment on, the restaurant "Las Americas" is open at the villa Dupont, you can go to the mansion itself for money along with an excursion.

    Villa Dupont
    Tropicana Cabaret

    Tropicana Cabaret

    The main dance show of Cuba since 1939, as well as the main entertainment center, where every tourist strives to get to. Located on the territory of Villa Mina. Colorful concerts, costumed performances and productions are arranged here. The Tropicana collective consists of more than 200 dancers, singers, and musicians. During the performance, guests are offered dishes of national cuisine, Cuban rum and a variety of cocktails.

    Varadero

    A popular resort with many excellent hotels, trendy clubs and restaurants with quality cuisine. The tourist infrastructure has been developing since the 30s of the XX century. Varadero beaches are a kingdom of snow–white sand and azure sea, a celebration of exotic nature. The coastline of the resort has been repeatedly recognized as the best in the world. Varadero is a popular holiday destination for American and European travelers.

    Varadero

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