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Old Havana

Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #1 of 115 Attractions in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Traveler Description: Old Havana is one of the most unique, atmospheric places on the planet. The people, the buildings, the music, the history, the food— it's an amazing... more »
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Take enough time to walk around old Havana and don`t stick to the most crowded streets. Just a few block away from the main attractions you can see how local people live. Also try to avoid the restaurant where only tourists are eating and find a paladar. The food there is cheaper and tastier.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Stroll the streets and see Old Havana - it is fascinating. It reminded us of the European feel of Buenos Aires and the crumbling state of Yangon. The buildings are incredible but so many of them are crumbling states of decay. You can see that there is renovation/restoration occurring all around the city but some of the buildings seem beyond... More

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Gold Coast Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I found this are interesting. It is old, I don't think anything has changed in Havana in 60 years. As I was walking through the tiny walkways though, the local people like to touch you, which I did not like and hence was careful of my belongings. If you go to Havana, you have to look around this area though.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Took a walk around old Havana. visited the old squares and cobbled streets and mixed with the locals in the bars.plenty to see and do. Gets very hot and if you catch the wrong time you get caught in a welcomed downpour! Bought fruit from the little corner shops and visited the murals and danced in the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Very beautifull and historical peace of the city - although polarizing due to it's poor situation. Really liked to take a walk - Mercaderes Street is very good to find out nice restaurants.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Beautiful part of the city, if you get the chance go down and have a look. I think you can get the hop on hop off bus down to this part of town, you can walk or you can jump in one of the many cabs.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Havana is like going backward on time traveling back to the 50's 60's and 70's old buildings old houses amazing people ,old american cars and a crowded place

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We didn't bother with any organised tours or even the bicitaxi or old cars used as taxi. We walked everywhere but the heat wore us out. Ensure you have good walking shoes as roads are shocking. Went to hotel racquel rooftop for a view and bought an Old Havana booklet from reception for 5.25 CUC and this was the best... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The old Habana is beautiful and vibrant, though the locals might see it a bit different as most buildings are in bad shape but this makes it very charming...as long as you do not get hurt by a balcony etc falling suddenly down after a day of heavy rain. Just hope the whole of Habana will not be restored as... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Had waited for years to come here and it is like nothing I have ever seen -it feels like gluttony trying to absorb it all - the history and architecture are absolutely amazing and all the main attractions are within easy walking distance. The renovations have been done with respect without turning Havana into a theme park.

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