Havana is the capital of Cuba, an island located in the North East of the Caribbean in the Golf of Mexico. The city was founded by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in 1519.
Cuba´s climate is tropical. It doesn’t reach extreme temperatures, but instead stays warm for the whole year. It rains a lot during the Summer but because of its location, the UV rays are high so it is recommendable to stay protected from the sun.
Old Havana is the historical centre of the city and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. The most notable places are La Plaza de Armas, where you will find the Presidential Palace that is now a museum and the Temple, the structure that has most influenced the architecture of Cuba. La Plaza Vieja (The Old Square), originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square) is another remarkable place to visit. It is a place of celebrations, processions and performances. Near the bay is the Fortress San Salvador and the Castle of Tres Reyes del Morro that guards the entrance to Havana Bay. The cathedral is located in the heart of Old Havana, known for its baroque style with two bell towers on either side.
Other areas of interest are the center of Havana, where you can find El Capitolio, a replica of the Washington Capitol but smaller, and the Tabacos Partagas factory, where cigars are manufactured and sold. Places also worth a visit include the National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) and The Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolución). These are in the center of Havana. In Vedado, a central business district and urban neighbourhood of Havana, there are authentic palaces as well as the Plaza de la Revolution and José Martí Memorial, a monument that is 138.5 meters tall.
Things to be taken into account when wanting to visit Cuba are having a visa (at a cost of about 20€) and a passport that will be valid at least 6 months after visiting the country. With these documents, you can be in the country for up to 30 days. The electricity current in Cuba is 110 volts at 60 hertz but many hotels have a 220-volt current and adapters. Cuba has two currencies: the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC), but since the arrival of Raul Castro in 2013, he has been merging the two currencies. The Cuban Convertible Peso is mainly what the tourists use but there is nothing preventing you from using Cuban Pesos. The current value of a Cuban Convertible Peso is approximately 62p. Despite being a very closed communist country, credit cards are also accepted at some establishments.
Wednesday 17 September 2014 9:28 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News