Havana, the capital of Cuba, is a vibrant city with a strong sense of its unique history and literally bursting with character. Here you will find a diverse mix of building design, a dynamic music scene, impressive monuments and museums, and a city known for its passion for music and dance.
The city’s architecture is an eclectic mix of Baroque, Neo-classical and Art Deco styles, and pastel-shaded Old Havana is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seemingly frozen in time yet peppered with modern touches, Havana is home to crumbling buildings that lie alongside beautifully restored colonial homes and 20th Century high rises from a more austere age. This is a city like no other, a place of rusting Cadillacs, fruit carts, dilapidated colonial buildings, Sovietesque monuments to revolutionary heroes, and locals chatting on the seafront wall or dancing and singing in the heat of the day.
Havana is very safe to explore day and night, and you can visit museums and galleries, enjoy a vast array of music in bars, clubs and other venues throughout the city. Spend an evening at the Opera or Ballet in the ornate Grand Theatre, or just relax at a café or bar and watch the absorbing street life.
Dine in one of many new hidden-away private restaurants and you will be amazed at the quality and service, the myths of Cuba having bland or substandard food has been banished! Chat to the friendly and approachable locals, explore this intriguing metropolis, and if you want a break from the bustling city, head to the beaches of East Havana for a swim and to relax.
Accommodation in Havana
Our favourites are selected by us due to overall quality, hospitality, authenticity, location and also their consistently good customer feedback.
A selection of the many hotels that we can book
The Casa Particular Experience
Highly recommended and extremely popular, Casas Particulares (often referred to as ‘Casas’) are fully-licensed private bed and breakfast accommodation, with many offering a more boutique hotel-style stay.
Our Most Popular Havana Experiences
We can organise before you travel to Cuba, a wide range of fantastic experiences that can be completely tailored for you.Take advantage of our friendly and knowledgeable pre-booking service and save time making arrangements during your holiday.
We can also pre-book Cuba's amazing private hidden away restaurants (paladars), which are highly recommended, extremely popular and get booked up well in advance. Talk to our team about adding experiences and restaurants to your booking.
Walking Tour of Old Havana
A fully tailored walking tour of Old Havana with a knowledgeable and professional guide. Choose your visits from a huge range of options including the Havana Club Rum Museum, Museum of the Revolution, and the Belles Artes Museum.
Old American Car Tour of Havana
Cruise through Havana in an Old American car with a local driver, the ultimate Cuban experience! We recommend a stop at the impressive Revolution Square, a drive along the Malecon, passing by John Lennon Park, 5th Avenue, and the elegant district of Miramar.
A fun 2-hour salsa dancing lesson in the historic heart of Old Havana. We use the leading dance school in Cuba and their teachers and dancers are very friendly and professional, and used to teaching from beginners upwards.
Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vinales Valley
A classic introduction with a few unique and exclusive extras. The tour takes in the world-famous tobacco plantations, Dos Hermanos Valley, El Palenque De Los Cimarrones, El Indio caves and much more.
Ernest Hemingway Tour with Lunch at Cojimar Village
The famous author Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for nearly 20 years and the island was a major influence on his life and globally recognised books. See where Hemingway lived, visit his favourite bars and learn all about his life in Cuba.
Cigar Factory Tour
Experience the whole process where local rollers still hand roll every cigar using tobacco leaves brought in from the plantations at Pinar Del Rio. You can also watch the sorting and packaging process linked to tobacco quality, before the cigars are boxed ready to be exported throughout the world.
Architecture in Modern Havana
With a specialised guide, this tour of Havana will guide you through the various architectural styles of the city and is perfect for those with an academic or passing interest in architecture and design.
An Evening with the Legends of Cuban Music
Enjoy an authentic evening of the best Cuban big band music with ‘Legendarios de Guajirito’. The band is made with former members of the Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban All Stars. An inspiring musical experience.
Club Tropicana Cuban Cabaret
Enjoy a night under the stars at the historic and world-famous Tropicana cabaret which has been an iconic part of Havana’s nightlife for 80 years. Enjoy the most beautiful dancers, exotic choreography and flashy carnival costumes and listen to the varied rhythms of Cuba whilst sipping Cuba Libres.
Ballet and Opera Performances
Tickets to Havana’s world-class ballet performances. Excellent quality ballet, opera and cultural music performances take place regularly throughout the year in the main theatres in Havana.
Jewish Interest Tour
A tour dedicated to the small Jewish community, with visits to an Orthodox congregation, the only kosher butcher in Cuba, Centro Hebreo Sephardi de Cuba where you can meet heads of the community, as well as a visit to the new Holocaust Remembrance Hall.
Cocktail Making Lesson
Learn how to make the perfect mojito and other Cuban speciality cocktails in an authentic old Havana bar. Of course, you get to drink them! Perfect for a late afternoon activity.
Conde de Villanueva Cigar Experience
Visit the famous cigar lounge at the Conde de Villanueva, and watch the master cigar roller at work, then try for yourself. Soak in the heady atmosphere and enjoy a coffee and cigar.
Jazz at the Famous Zorra y Cuervo Club
Probably the most well-known venue for jazz in Havana, this famous club offers an intimate environment in a basement venue. Top jazz players perform on a nightly basis in this cosy small club, often packed with Jazz aficionados from around the world. Gritty eclectic music.
Vivero Orgonoponico Alamar
Covering 11 hectares in Alamar, a residential suburb of Havana, lies Vivero Orgonoponico Alamar - a self-sufficient urban organic farm. Although small, the garden is incredibly productive and grows fresh vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants and much more.
Cuba’s World-Famous Tobacco Tour
A specialist tour for those with a keen interest in cigars or wish to see behind the scenes on how one of the world’s most luxury products is produced. Visit either Hector Luis Prieto or the legendary plantation of Roberto Robaino.
Horse Riding Half Day Trek
What better way is there to view the spectacular scenery of Vinales. Both beginners and experienced riders will enjoy this wonderful day out.
A dance company that epitomises Cuba’s place in the global elite of music and dance. Established in 2012 they have quickly risen to the top and have a number of global awards under their belt including prestigious MTV, and Latin American Lucas awards.