UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Havana
The cobbled streets, cathedrals, baroque mansions, and friendly residents of Havana make the oldest city in the new world a wonderful place to wander at any time of day, though perhaps late afternoon is the best time to embrace the life of the city. Sleepy eyed cats swaying tails in sunny doorways are swept aside every afternoon to make way for festivities that continue well into the night. Cubans love to play music and dance, both central to the vibrant undercurrent to their life and culture, and a defiant counterpoint to the population’s economic woes. The world heritage-listed old town of La Havana Vieja was founded in 1519 on a natural harbour and became a stopping point for the treasure-laden galleons crossing between the New World and Old. Walk the malecon sea wall or enter the Casa de la Musica and you’ll experience the town as a great treasure itself; all its buildings are slowly being restored to a glory that reflect the lively countenance of its music and dance-infused inhabitants.