Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square), built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government nerve center. Later called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub, Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas -- all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) built an underground parking lot here. Today the square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.
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MPWEST10
Mandurah, Australia630 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a different plaza for old Havana. It's mainly surrounded by residential buildings, some with some restaurants in the ground floor or second floor with balconies. It has a beautiful fountain and a weird rooster statue with a naked woman on it... supposedly celebrating women. The restaurants are overpriced and offer tourist food, not good local food. Nice for a visit and maybe a drink not food
Written June 13, 2020
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ClanAnderson
Leicester, UK353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Definitely worth a visit, the best of the squares in Havana. Lovely to walk around and take in the Cuban life. Some beautiful buildings, some of which are cafes and restaurants and one a micro pub. We were on a tour with a guide during the day and visited here but decided to come back to see it in the evening. It has a lovely fountain and a bit of a weird statue and while we were there there were ladies in Caribbean attire looking very colourful, old ladies smoking big, fat Cuban cigars and men walking on stilts. This makes it sound showy and lively but it was a very relaxed and quiet atmosphere. The restaurants upstairs have balconies on which to sit while eating and watch the world go by. Quite a romantic setting in the evening for dining out and yes most restaurants are aimed at tourists but still felt very Cuban.
Written August 8, 2022
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland16,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Old Square - The Plaza Vieja is a square located in Old Havana. It was designed in 1559 and is the most striking plaza in Havana from an architectural point of view. Here the Cuban baroque coexists with the Art Nouveau inspired by the Gaudinian style. 
Written July 2, 2022
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK1,124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
An ideal spot to stop and look at the various architecture around the square. It has a central fountain as well as a strange cockerel statue. On the day we were there it was extremely hot and so we took the opportunity to go upstairs at the Don Eduardo Alegre ( which is near the cockerel) and sit at the balcony with a small beer.
You do appreciate the square from a different perspective and can think back to when executions and bullfights took place there watched by the wealthy from said balconies.
Written December 20, 2022
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lexi3
131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We’ve cruised a lot, and this is hands down the best point of disembarking of any place we’ve sailed into, except for places one can only tender to. The area is interesting, though you’d be hard pressed to find any souvenirs to buy with your Cuban tourist funny money. Many shops all selling the same government approved kitchen. The dancers on stilts were worth watching. Pretty sure cruises from US no longer go to Cuba.
Written March 17, 2020
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GlobeTrotters
Toronto, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I have been blessed to go to over 75 countries in the world and this square is one of my favorite places in the world. I don't know what it is.. there is no single thing that makes it stand out but a combination of factors that beautifully blend . From the cobbled streets that lead to it.. to the restaurants and Cafe's that adorn it's edges ... Enticing you to stay . The architecture is beautiful and I spent a lot of time writing.. sitting at the second floor of one of the many Cafe's .

Highly recommend it.. but don't got to just take selfies and pictures... Spend some time and you will fall in love with this place just at I did.
Written March 18, 2020
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Maari100
Helsinki, Finland3,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This plaza was built in 1587. It has been renovated entirely using the UNESCO funding. In the middle of plaza there is a new classical marble fountain. La Casona is a palace from the 1800th century - nowadays an arts center.
Written February 17, 2020
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GerryRailBaron
Toronto, Canada104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The history in Havana's buildings is legendary. At 500 years of age, there's something magnificent to see at every corner. The plaza here was a delight. Good lines of site to the various buildings, so we grabbed a seat at a table in one of the cantinas and ordered ourselves a drink. Just a great place to visit, pass some time, and people watch.
Written May 12, 2020
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luke47
Chincoteague Island, VA1,692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Thankfully, our Airbnb apartment was only two blocks away from this charming square.

We were able to enjoy it lively atmosphere, street dancing, live music, shops, and delicious restaurants.

It is not too touristy as it is also enjoys by locals and tourists.

We ate at the restaurants on the Square and nearby four times .
Written February 29, 2024
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Desmond R
Cuba12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I really loved this square. A lovely atmosphere and lots of people being guided by their tour operators. I stayed in the nearby Raquel Hotel for a night as I was returning from a 12 day trip to Cuba. I recommend this area as it is full of character.
Written January 24, 2020
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