Today’s *Honeymoon Heaven* inspiration features a city break in the colourful and vibrant city of *Havana, Cuba*
We had a city break in Havana for a couple of nights before embarking on a tour of South America. We stayed at the Hotel Plaza in the centre of Havana. This colonial style hotel perfectly sums up the unique style of Havana: the grand building interspersed with the old and crumbling features. The hotel features a beautiful courtyard and a fabulous rooftop restaurant, which is the perfect place to have breakfast.
Featuring stunning Spanish colonial architecture and brimming with vivacious Latino culture, Havana would be a great city break on a Central/South America honeymoon. Colourful buildings, vintage cars and musicians and street performers are testimony to the brimming fruitful life in Havana.
The beating heart of the city made up of crumbling buildings and picturesque squares. There are lots of lovely small cafes and restaurants around with outdoor seating, which are perfect for a spot of lunch, a famous cup of Cuban espresso or even a Cuban cigar.
This large domed structure dominates the skyline of central Havana and was the seat of government until the Cuban revolution. It now houses the Cuban academy of Sciences.
*Tropicana Dance Show*
This fun, colourful and vibrant cabaret club exudes Cuban charm. The open air show hosts a wonderful array of Cuban dancing, music and provocative costumes.
*Cuban Dance Lesson*
A wonderful little honeymoon treat would be taking a Cuban dance class learning the beautiful dance forms of the Salsa, Rumba, Mambo or Cha-Cha-Cha.
*Christ of Havana*
This 20m high marble structure was completed just weeks before the Cuban revolution and looks out over the city from its hilltop position.
The waterside promenade is lovely to stroll along and slowly seeing some regeneration as laws on private enterprise are slowly relaxed.
*Plaza de la Revolution*
This large city square is where all of the most important political rallies and speeches have occurred since the revolution. It also has the 109 metre high Jose Marti Memorial as its backdrop. The Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former Presidential Palace, is a really interesting interesting visit.
*Catedral de San Cristobal*
This pretty cathedral dominates a beautiful square and is made principally of coral rock, meaning you may find some fossils if you look closely at the walls!
*Plaza de le Catedral*
This square set beneath the cathedral features restaurants, statues and musicians.
*Castillo de la Real Fuerza*
A historical fort, originally built to protect the city from pirates. It is thought to be the oldest stone fort in the Americas and is now a UNESCO heritage site building. There are a whole host on artefacts on display related to The Navy and the rooftop features wonderful views of the city.
The other quintessentially cuban export is also well worth fitting into your itinerary, and a free tasting is often part of the tour!
This UNESCO world heritage site hosts a very dramatic landscape featuring imposing mountains and rocks. It is also an agricultural hub, notably for tobacco.
*Mural de la Prehistoria*
This 120m long, unique and colourful painting covers the side of the rock.
*Cigar Factory & Drying Barn*
Why not take a tour of the world famous cuban cigar factories where cigars are still individually hand rolled. You can even see the farms where the tobacco leaves are dried in barns.
*Cueva del Indio*
This stalactite cave features an underground river, in which you take a boat ride to see the rather fabulous glow worms.
We took a little day trip to the beach and had a wonderful time soaking up the rays and the charming views.
Havana, therefore is a unique destination and somewhere well worth visiting now before it opens up fully to international markets and organisations. It has a laid back charm and offers a very different city and beach break to combination to anywhere else in the world. Flights from the US are for now of course not possible, but you can fly in from the UK, France, Spain and Canada. In addition if you would like to combine Cuba with somewhere else in the Caribbean there are frequent flights to Mexico, Panama and Columbia!
We loved the contrasts in Havana: the mix of the old with the new, the colourful buildings alongside the bright white colonial buildings, the graffiti along with the grand. A truly distinctive place!
Next week | Great Ocean Road, Australia