If you ever need to ask a local for directions to your Havana villa, you’ll notice that they may use some of the city’s plazas or squares as reference points. That’s because these large, open areas of the city are not only very well known to both locals and visitors alike, but they’re also ideal places for taking a few minutes to rest and getting your bearings. They’re also great for photo ops and steeped in history!
Here’s your guide to some of Havana’s best plazas that are worth a visit during your holiday in Cuba:
Plaza de la Revolución
Also known as ‘Revolution Square’, Plaza de la Revolución covers the area from the Malecon to the Vedado district, and is perhaps the most famous plaza in Havana. Not only is this one of the largest plazas in the world, but the tall Jose Marti monument can be seen from practically anywhere! You may even be able to see the very top of the monument from your villa in Havana if you’re staying nearby.
Plaza Carlos III
Plaza Carlos III is the site of one of Havana’s best shopping malls. If you’re looking for some great souvenirs to take back home from your holiday in Cuba for friends and family, then this is the place to browse. Opened in 1997 at the location of the city’s old agricultural market, the unique spiral design here is definitely worth checking out.
Plaza de la Catedral
Located in Old Havana, Plaza de la Catedral was once the site of some of the finest homes in the Caribbean. Today, many of these mansions have been transformed into museums, like the Colonial Art Museum. This particular plaza is the perfect place to visit for anyone interested in Cuban history or architecture, and it’s even a firm favourite of photographers who are drawn to the colonial styles.
Plaza de San Francisco
Close to the Havana harbour, Plaza de San Francisco is often the first stop for cruise ship visitors who sail into Terminal Sierra Maestra. Attractions here include the tall, looming basilica, the commercial exchange building, and the old customs house. However, the plaza is also a central point connecting many of the city’s main sights, including the aquarium, Leonardo da Vinci museum, and the camera obscura.
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