Cuba – Old Havana Walking Tour
The tour starts at 9:30 am. If you plan to stay in Old Havana guide will pick you up at your hotel or private residence; then go to Central Park, where the tour will start by knowing the guide.
The historic centre of Havana, which was declared part of the “cultural heritage of humanity” by UNESCO in 1982, is the biggest colonial centre in Latin America. After two centuries of neglect, restoration work under the direction of Spencer Eusebio Leal, Historian of the City (Superintendent of Cultural Heritage), it is to revive the ancient splendour of this district. The restoration program is not limited to monuments and major buildings but also includes antique shops and ordinary houses. The aim is to ensure the revival of the beauty of Old Havana and its original vitality and daily activities.
This tour will take you down the street to meet the top four squares of Old Havana: Square, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis and Old Cathedral Square.
- Plaza de la Catedral: Dominada por el elegante perfil de su iglesia, la Plaza es uno de los símbolos de la Habana Vieja. En 1952, la Zanja Real, primer acueducto de la ciudad, que llegaron a la plaza. El agua se canaliza desde el río Almendares, a 11 km. La Zanja Real fue construido para abastecer de agua a los buques que atracan en el puerto, así como a los residentes.
- Plaza de Armas: This Square was established in the 1600s to replace the old Plaza Mayor, the core of Havana religious, administrative and military life, and up to the mid-1700s it was used for military exercises. After its transformation in 1771-1838, it becomes a favourite with wealthy Havana citizens and popular as an area for carriages rides. Careful restoration work has been carried out over recent years, and the square now attracts throngs of visitors and locals, many of whom only gather here to sit and relax.
- Plaza de San Francisco de Asis: Bordering the port, this picturesque square has an Andalusian character and evokes images of a distant age when galleons loaded with gold and other cargo set sail for Spain. In the middle of the square is the Fuente de Los Leones, modelled on the famous fountain in Alhambra in Granada. This work by the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini donated was in 1836 by the fiscal superintendent, Don Claudio Martinez de Pinillos, the Count of Villanueva, and for many years it supplied the ships docked here with drinking water.
- Plaza Vieja: This square was laid out in 1559 and was originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square). In the 19th century, after the widening of Plaza de Armas and the creation of other urban areas, it lost its role as the city’s main public square and was renamed Plaza Vieja. From the 1950s to the 90s it was a car park, but it has now restored been to its original appearance.
- Walking tour – one and a half hours around the most famous squares and fortresses in the area.
- Back to the hotel