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A colourful past makes Cuba's capital city Havana truly the grande dame of the Caribbean. Venerable churches and convents from colonial times stand cheek-by-jowl with art deco villas and evidence of the revolutionary era, all linked by the Malécon, the city's famous beach promenade. Visitors strolling it will succumb completely to the city's charm, especially at sunset. Whether you take a seat next to Hemingway's barstool at the El Floridita bar, pay tribute to the revolution at the Granma memorial, climb the steps of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, visit one of the many museums or wander along the Paseo del Prado, you are sure to get an impression of the city's many faces.
Today, Havana's cityscape is a mix of Spanish colonial style, art deco and art nouveau, neo-Gothic and neo-classicism, reflecting its colourful history. The city owes its importance to its harbour, which features many forts that make a good starting point for exploring the city. Starting from the harbour, you will enter La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) with its romantic avenues and iconic squares such as the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis with the former stock exchange and major museums. Particularly in the evening, the many bars (including Hemingway's regular haunt, La Bodeguita del Medio) will call to you with their salsa rhythms.
First and foremost, Havana is a record of Cuba's transition in fits and starts from a Socialist dictatorship to a free-market economy. Lavishly restored buildings on the Malecón and Plaza Vieja alternate with ruins of once imposing villas in Old Havana. Historic landmarks stand as witnesses to the tension between oppression and the struggle for independence: the monuments to Cuba's liberation fighters (among them the statue of freedom fighter José Martí) and revolutionary heroes such as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro coexist with the former presidential palace, today the Museo de la Revolución. One thing that has remained a constant throughout centuries of history is the quality of the country's rum, which makes a side trip to the Ron Havana Club museum practically de rigueur.