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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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Winnipeg
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

This city is old and beautiful. Some of the buildings seemed to locked in time, and some looked like the destroyed buildings from ww1. Tight coble stoned street's jammed with over a million people walking around. Tons of history and very proud people and a few hustlers. A must see if you travel to the island and the country of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Loved it. Great to experience, hope the old traditions don't die. It would be a real shame! Its slowly changing so why not take the opportunity before it's too late?

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Herts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
3 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Old Havana is like nowhere else I have ever been. The place is full of majestic old buildings from its heyday, when it was clearly a place of vast wealth and opulence. But it bears the scars of a civil war and many years of communist deprivation - the bullet holes can still be seen in many buildings and there... More

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Turner Valey, Alberta
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40 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This area is very beautiful. The old buildings are fascinating as well as the parade of old cars. However, it is so busy and by busy I mean people trying to solicit something from you. If they aren't offering to sell you something they are trying to offer tours, etc. They don't listen to the word 'no or sorry, not... More

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This is why you came here after all. Great to have a wander and try to avoid the jinteros. Particularly liked the squares

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A very busy city with pedestrian and traffic flow. Too many tourist touts, hustlers and fraudsters, at time air pollution is poor. Visit the historical sight with a guide and get the real story of Cuba. New modern cars now seen on the roads but there are still many (too many!) old battered american cars belching out toxic exhaust fumes.

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Calgary, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I loved the old buildings, old cars, old everything. I was lucky enough to spend a short amount of time in this area. I couldn't stop taking pictures. The people were amazing (although they were a little pushy if they were trying to sell you something), the buildings were great to look at and seeing the old cars driving around... More

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Cambridge, null, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Spent a couple of days wandering around the Plazas, back streets, loving the colours, cars, and friendly people. Take your time to explore.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Havana is a city of many parts, most visitors stay a few days, we stayed seven days and did not manage to fit everything in. A cultural city with a chequered history, we learnt a lot about the people. The only way to see this city is on foot. Be prepared for the poverty and the buildings in a state... More

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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Incredible mix of old and new. Most of the people living in Habana Viejo have no running water. But the restored pre-colonial buildings are incredible. Gets touristy, but Obisbo is where the action is.

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