Cuba is a country of contrasts. The Caribbean’s largest island was a mecca for lavish vacationing, the source of international fear followed by five decades of isolation and mystery. The capital city - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety - has outstanding architecture among decrepit buildings plus warm-hearted yet struggling people with a great culture. Havana is a must-see destination while its future balances at the crossroads.
43 imagesWith a population of over two million, Havana’s core is La Habana Vieja. Old Town reflects five hundred years of history, starting with the Spanish in 1515 through multiple revolutions for independence. The streets are filled with stories, surprises and vintage cars.
39 imagesEncircling the center of Havana Vieja are numerous other sites worth visiting. These attractions include Spanish forts, the elegance surrounding El Capitolio, waterfront neighborhoods undergoing restoration, a historic square celebrating the revolution plus the former estate of a famous writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.