Spanish conquistadors founded Havana in the 16th century. Nowadays, almost 500 years later, their influence can still be seen everywhere in Cuba’s capital, with colonial architecture that catches the eye and grand avenues that demand to be explored. Thinking about taking a trip? Given the climate here, there’s no bad time to visit.
Visiting Havana can feel a little like going back in time, with classic American cars cruising the streets and a laid-back vibe that allows tourists to leave the modern world and its stresses and strains behind. Be sure to spend some time in historic Old Havana — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — before checking out the iconic National Capitol Building, a 1920s landmark that must not be missed.
Take a trip to Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a fascinating fort and maritime museum, before kicking back with a Cuba Libre, the classic Rum and Coke cocktail that is considered the island’s national drink.