Many people who take a holiday in Cuba book a walking tour to ensure that they see the very best that Havana has to offer. But why not do a self-guided walking tour instead? On your own tour, you can take things at your own pace, make detours if you see something of interest, and personalise your experience.
It’s actually easier than you’d think to create your own self-guided walking tour of Havana. Here’s a basic route that takes in many of the city’s main sights and attractions, as well as some of the most breathtaking and notable homes in the Caribbean. Feel free to tailor this route to your liking and preferences.
Begin at the Fraternity Park Houses, which is right in the heart of Havana. This makes it easy to reach from your Havana villa. From here, head north to Colon, where you can turn right towards the Museum of the Revolution. On your way, you’ll walk along the scenic Paseo del Prado and pass by the historic and ornate Gran Teatro theatre, as well as the El Capitolio building and the Teatro Marti.
After visiting the Museum of the Revolution, head south down Avenida Bélgica, past the Bacardi Building, until you reach El Floridita Bar. El Floridita is one of the most important historic landmarks in the city, and was a firm favourite of Ernest Hemingway. Pop in for a refreshing frozen daiquiri before strolling along the pedestrianised Obispo, where you can experience the ‘real’ Havana, complete with street vendors, musicians, artists selling their masterpieces, and all sorts of colourful characters.
Head south on Mercaderes to Sol, stopping for some photographs at the Old Square, and then walk towards the ferry terminal to watch the boats sail across to Casablanca. From here, head north to the Plaza de Armas, which is the city’s oldest square, and home to some of Havana’s best restaurants, and then stop by the 18th century cathedral for some more photo opportunities. Make one last stop at the Castillo de San Salvador at the end of the Malecón before ending at the Castillo de la Real Fuerz fort.
Your feet may be hurting and your legs may be aching by the time you get back to your vacation rental in Havana, but it will have been worth it to see so much of this historic city!