What Matters to Havana Walk & Drive - detailed description


Here you can read the longer description of the What Matters to Havana Drive.

The morning schedule is as follows:

Visit the convent of Our Lady of Bethlehem. Formerly a Jesuit monastery and now completely restored (the late 90s). Today it is a center for the elderly and people with a physical or mental disability. Since May 2017, the Observatory Museum has been opened in the same monastery, a modern museum project specialized in meteorology and climatology of Cuba. A guided tour is possible. 

Walk along social centers in the historic center (monumental houses), and visit the Senén Casas Regueiro rehabilitation center for children with physical disabilities.

Enter the Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos school and workshop (established in 1992), where (often unprivileged) young people are theoretically and practically trained with a view to the restoration of the patrimony. 

You’ll also see La Maqueta (scale model); Old Havana in miniature, but still 48m2. It took three years to build this detailed project with light and sound effects. It’ll give you a helicopter view of this historic part of the city, the rest of Havana you’ll explore more after lunch in one of our vintage cars.

After this guided morning tour, you’ll better understand “what matters to Havana”. The life work of Eusebio Leal, the historian of the city, fulfills every Cuban with pride and that’s what we want to show you.

Lunchtime

The included lunch will be served in the restaurant of your choice. The guide will say goodbye. Process your impressions at ease and refuel for the afternoon program.
(To choose the restaurant where you wish to have lunch, please click here)

At 02.30pm (14.30hours) our driver picks you up for the Classic City Drive.

Having seen this morning the inner city from the inside and from the top, you’ll be spotting the surprising neighborhoods during a panoramic drive. Board the beautifully restored classic car and enjoy what you see.

Districts Old Havana and Centro Habana

Muralla, the name of the street that leads us to the train station, passing the Parque de la Fraternidad towards the Cuban Capitol.
Do not focus too much on the tourist attractions only, as you can find beauty in every corner.

Through the streets Reina and Carlos III we reach Centro Habana, one of the most populated districts. In the current urban pattern, Centro Habana is the center and connects the historic district with the (modern) neighborhoods. Hence the name. This is everyday Havana, Habaneros busy getting their groceries, busy with the most wonderful things, busy with their game of dominoes, less glamor here. Several families live in one and the house.

Continue to the iconic Plaza de la Revolución for a stop.

Districts Vedado and Nuevo Vedado

You'll pass Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (1876), one of the most impressive cemeteries in the world. We are on our way to Almendares, the city forest of Havana.

District Miramar

A fairy-tale road leads to Miramar, the youngest district of Havana. You will be surprised by the luxury villas and mansions and by the lush gardens mostly with swimming pool. In the 1940s and 1950s - when Cuba was still the sunny backyard of the United States - the upper-class settled here. Broad avenues with hedges (still well maintained) and green parks recall those days.

Districts Vedado and Old Havana

Returning to the boulevard Malecón we cross the Vedado district, a residential area in the 30s - 40s, and still, but also a social-cultural center of the capital. It is cozy and lively. Green as well, with trees along the streets and with various parks. One is the John Lennon Park. 
Surprising, but in the first decades after the revolution, the music of the Beatles was banned on the island. Cuba made up for it by placing a bronze statue of John Lennon in a nice city park. It is a real pleasure to drive through Vedado and greet John. Imagine, you got a ticket to ride!

After this panoramic drive, we are back in the historical center, UNESCO World Heritage since 1982. Here ends this Classic City Drive, unless you want to be dropped elsewhere. 

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