Hi loves, I’m so excited to tell you all about my trip to Havana! It was such an amazing experience, staying in a city where time stood still for so long. Havana ended up being so much more than I expected! On social you only see the amazing, colourful buildings and classic cars, but there is just so much more to it. They have the most incredible gardens and courtyards, but also museums and small galleries. I hope you enjoy this travel guide as much as I did Havana. If you’re thinking about visiting, now is the time. They are starting to renovate the city, which of course is a good thing, but also takes away a little of the experience of old Havana.
Where to stay?
We stayed at the Melia Cohiba Hotel, just outside the old city centre. It is probably one of the best hotels you’ll find in Havana. They have very spacious rooms and serve an elaborate breakfast every morning (champagne included). Though it is not in the old city centre, it is surrounded by some very photogenic streets. Also, it is next to the boulevard.
It is also possible to stay at casa particulares, private owned homes, comparable to a bed and breakfast. Here you’ll probably taste more of the real Havana experience, but don’t expect any luxuries.
Where to eat?
Taberna el Molino: When we walked by this restaurant, we were immediately drawn to it’s incredibly beautiful courtyard. In the busy city centre this was definitely the best place to have a relaxed dinner.
Cucina Lilian: Another restaurant with an amazing garden. Make sure you get here a little early to enjoy some extra time in the garden with a drink and take some photos.
What to do?
The old city centre: Even just walking through Havana is an amazing experience. Every street has its own character, with different coloured houses, courtyards, small museums, galleries and classic cars in every corner.
Classic car ride: To complete your travel back in time, of course you should tour the city in a classic car.
The Malecón: A broad esplanade, roadway and seawall which stretches for 8 km (5 miles) along the coast. Not your typical boulevard as it is not alongside a beach. Though there are a number of monuments along the Malecón definitely worth paying a visit.
Playa del Este: If you want to relax after a day in the city, the beach is a great way to relax a little. Playa del Este is a beautiful sand beach with lots of palm trees, a crystal blue sea and beach umbrellas at your service.
I hope you enjoy the photos, feel free to ask any questions!