Published on March 22nd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN HAVANA
Havana, Cuba | Photo courtesy of Stephen Colebourne, Flickr
Since Raul Castro’s sweeping economic reforms began to take hold in 2010, Cuba is evolving, with Havana at the vanguard of change. A new wave of energy now mingles with the old, making Havana a mighty interesting place for some travel-related field research. So get out there and build a case study!
9am Start your day with caffeine and carbs at Old Havana’s super cute Dulceria Bianchini. Coffee, tea, cakes, croissants and cookies await.
11am Stay in the UNESCO-approved Old Havana area (those UNESCO people rarely get it wrong). Between the decaying buildings, cheeky street musicians, and pokey alleys you’ll find plenty to photograph while walking through this faded beauty.
3pm Ramble along the elegant Paseo del Prado, a place to see, and be seen. Dodge the touts with a smile and a firm ‘no’ and enjoy the romantic vibe that emanates from this quasi-Parisian promenade.
6pm Continue your walk with a sunset stroll along the crumbling Malecon. Be prepared to share the walk with local families, entertainers, dogs, old-timers, fishermen and tourists, all enjoying the coastal views and cool breeze. Watch your step, this sea wall has seen better days!
8pm For dinner, head to one of the new, privately-owned paladares that are expanding the food options beyond ‘rice and beans’. San Cristobal serves Cuban-Creole food in an old mansion filled with books and period furniture – there’s a lot to like here.
10pm Return to Old Havana and stop by La Bodeguita del Medio for a nightcap. Sure, it’s popular with tourists but Hemmingway drank here…. actually, he probably drank everywhere… just go with it.