Old Havana Attractions – Enjoying Mojitos and Music

Old cars in Havana Cuba
Explore la Habana Vieja and visit these Old Havana attractions — there’s plenty of things to do in Havana Cuba!

Read below for information on these Old Havana attractions and things to do: visit the Capitol building, Catedral de San Cristobal, Plaza de Armas, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and Plaza de la Revolución, walk along the Prado street, walk the Malecón, catch a show (Tropicana), try a classic rum drink (like Cuba Libre, Mojito and Daiquiri), tour a cigar factory and rum factory, and enjoy live music around town.

Scroll down to watch Celia Cruz singing Guantanamera and try Havana Club’s Cuba Libre and Mojito recipes. At the bottom of the page is a map of Havana Cuba attractions.

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Old Havana Attractions & Things to Do

Malecón Old Havana

Walk the Malecón

It’s a very pretty view from the Malecón, across the water to La Cabaña. A nice walk is from the Castillo de la Real Fuerza to Paseo de Prado. You can then walk up Paseo de Prado to the Capitol Building.

Paseo del Prado Havana

Walk along Paseo del Prado

Paseo del Prado is a wide street, lined with impressive old buildings (some dilapidated, but some very nicely restored) that has a tree covered pedestrian walk-way up the center. It’s a great place for a stroll, to people watch and to admire the architecture.

Plaza de Armas Old Havana

Plaza de Armas

There are several restaurants on the Plaza with covered patios.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza Old Havana

Castillo de la Real Fuerza

This impressive fortress, located on the Plaza de Armas, has a maritime museum.

Old Havana Cuba

Tour the City in an old car

Old Havana Attractions

Catch a show

Catch a show at the Tropicana or Parisien at Nacional Hotel. The show at the Parisien was colorful, loud and very entertaining (it also costs less than the Tropicana).

Cuba Libre

Try a classic rum drink

Try a classic rum drink like Cuba Libre, Mojito and Daiquiri. Cristal, “the preferred beer of Cuba” is worth a taste (or two). Visit the Floridita, where Ernest Hemingway reportedly sipped daiquiris. Hotel Nacional has a beautiful tree covered patio overlooking the water where you can enjoy any of these drinks.

Cigars Havana

Tour a cigar factory

The Partagas cigar factory, behind the Capitol Building, offers tours.

Capitol building Old Havana Cuba

Capitol building

Old Havana Cuba Catedral de San Cristobal

Catedral de San Cristobal

Rum factory Old Havana

Tour a rum factory

You can take a tour of the Havana Club Rum Factory. The tour was not very impressive, but it was a good escape from a rainy day.

Cuban music

Enjoy live music around town

Almost every restaurant and bar in town has a local band playing. This is a great city to enjoy free live music — but be prepared to hear “Guantanamera” over and over.

Plaza de la Revolución Cuba

Plaza de la Revolución

This large square has a monument to José Martí on one side, and the image of Che Guevara and Cienfuegos on buildings on the other side. Plaza de la Revolución is where President Castro addresses the population. The Plaza is outside of the old town — you can reach it in an old car tour or on the Hop-on Hop-off bus.

Havana Club’s Cuba Libre Recipe:

Ingredients:
Few drops of lime or lemon juice
50 ml of Havana Club Añejo Especial (or Añejo Reserva, Añejo 7 años)
120 ml of Cola
Method:
Place two or three ice cubes in a tall glass. Add 50 ml of Havana Club Añejo Especial and a few drops of lime or lemon juice. Top with fresh cola and garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.

Havana Club’s Mojito Recipe:

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons of sugar
Juice of Half a Lime
2 mint sprigs
2 parts of sparkling water (9cl)
1 part of Havana Club Añejo 3 Años (4.5cl)
4 ice cubes
Method:
In a tall glass, add 2 teaspoons of sugar, the juice of half a lime, 2 mint sprigs and 2 parts of sparkling water (9cl). Muddle gently. Then add one part of Havana Club Añejo 3 Años and the ice cubes.
Stir well, and enjoy responsibly!

Find more Havana Club recipes here.

Celia Cruz singing Guantanamera

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