Old Havana walking tour with Cuban Adventures
My friend Lucy and I started off our Cuban Adventure in Havana, where our orientation and main activity was a walking tour of Old Havana, or La Habana Vieja in Spanish.
First things first… as the 52nd country that I’ve visited, I had to stick to tradition and have a local beer!
After the beer and with jet lag and our long journey from the UK taking its toll (we went cheap via Madrid with Air Europa – you can get direct flights, but most go via somewhere else like Madrid or Toronto), we headed to bed in our Casa Particular.
View from the roof, complete with geckos and Dolphins… The Casa was a grand old house with the high ceiling rooms partitioned but still replete with chandeliers.
La Plaza Vieja
They created the square when the San Franciscan’s got fed up of Havana’s main market causing too much noise outside of their church and interrupting services. So La Plaza Vieja is the only square in Old Havana without a church on it!
They get a little more creative in other areas – recycling the old canon! Tour guide #1, Inti, is leaning on it.
The interior courtyard of the hotel as showcased by Giuliano.
Plaza de Armas
This lady was more interested in her book, we thought she was quite easy in the eye..
Statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes with the Cuban flag flying in the background. He set Cuba on the road to independence in 1868.
Castillo de la Real Fuerza – a star fort on the other side of Plaza de Armas. It reminded me of Fort St Elmo in Malta.
Random dog statues – can you see from my hair how windy Havana was?!!
The San Francisican church – now not having to compete with the market noise, but instead just the locals taking their wedding pictures outside (Inti showed us his!)
A very posh 5 star hotel on the square – we didn’t go in this one.
Catedral San Cristobel
Catedral San Cristobal was our final stop – a fine example of American baroque style
A sexy side shot!
My friend Lucy and I received our tour with 50% off as I’d entered a blogging competition to win flights and a tour. Whilst I didn’t win the competition I received 50% of the tour costs and my friends can get 15% off tours too! Just mention the discount and this blog when booking with Cuban Adventures (discount does not apply to local payments).