Both a destination and starting point, Havana is an unprecedented city, old and new, unique and unusual. Unlike many cities, Havana understands how to preserve its architectural heritage and its colonial past. The famous Havana vieja (Old Havana), where the city began more than five centuries ago, is one of the best preserved architectural ensembles of the Americas. Its historic urban center and its system of fortifications were declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1982.
Although the city is the smallest of the Cuban provinces, it is by far the most populated. The blend between African and Spanish footprints makes it one of the most unique cities in Latin America. The city is rich in culture, history and tradition. Havana is Cuba’s foundation covering all the manifestations of arts, literature, sports and science. It is also a fountain of inspiration for poets and musicians alike. Places like the famous Tropicana cabaret, La Bodeguita, the Garcia Lorca Theater and the Amadei Roldan Auditorium make this city a must see when discovering Cuba and all its splendor.