Cuba is filled with some intriguing tourist destinations that transport you from the rush of modern life to a relaxing tropical environment. This is part of the charm that draws millions of tourists to this Caribbean paradise year after year. For history lovers, Cuba is home to a variety of landmarks and sites that bear significance to the country’s culture and history. The list of historical sites in Cuba is quite extensive, but we have put together a list of some of the most interesting attractions that you can visit while staying in Cuba.
Parque Historico Morro y Cabana
This historic park is located across the harbor from the popular tourist spot of Old Havana (Havana Vieja). Tourists who stay in a Havana private villa rental can visit this historical attraction and learn about its significance in Cuban history. Built by the Spanish to protect Cuba from pirates in 1589, it now houses numerous mini-museums and a working lighthouse. Still part of the historic park is La Cabana, a mini-city that Che Guevara once used as a command post in 1959. The canon is fired every night by an honor guard.
Havana Vieja (Old Havana)
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Havana (Havana Vieja) is located at the crossroads of the bustling city of Havana and the historic environment. The city was once the largest port in this region of the Caribbean Sea. It is made up of five large plazas with narrow streets bordered by private homes. Tourists visiting this part of Havana will also find a variety of old cathedrals and military defense buildings made of the oldest and largest stone fortification in this part of the world.
Another UNESCO-recognized site in Cuba, Trinidad will transport you to the past with its rich collection of colonial-style buildings. The city is made up of the highest collection of colonial architecture buildings in the region. The buildings include museums, churches and private villas.
Comandancia de La Plata
Another historically significant site in Cuba is the Comandancia de La Plata trail. It leads up to the main rebel base used by Fidel Castro during the revolution. To get there, you will have to make a refreshing four-hour trek up the mountain ridge. This is a great place to get out of the city and explore Cuba´s natural beauty.
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