Statue of Manuel de Céspedes in Plaza de Armas.

Sights in and Around Havana’s Plaza de Armas

The most important plaza in Habana Vieja, as well as the oldest, handsome Arms Square was laid out in 1519 and first named Plaza de Iglesia. Learn about the plaza’s evolution to Plaza de Armas, along with sights and museums in and around the square.

A street in Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba, leads to the Capitol building, which is undergoing a facelift.

Restoring Old Havana

Old Havana has been called the “finest urban ensemble in the Americas” and is a UNESCO World Heritage. Learn about the preservation and restoration efforts underway for the more than 900 Habana Vieja structures of historical importance.

One of Havana's public taxis stopping in front of a row of colorful buildings on the Paseo de Martí.

Sights Along Havana’s Paseo de Martí

Havana’s Paseo de Martí, colloquially known as the Prado, is a kilometer-long tree-lined boulevard full of interesting history, events, and unique architectural sights. Get to know the area by following this walk-along tour.


Havana Neighborhood Highlights

Each neighborhood in Havana has its own unique flavor, especially when it comes to their sights and histories. To make your explorations easier, here’s a quick roundup of the highlights of each.

Plaza de la Catedral, Habana Vieja. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Habana Vieja District

Habana Vieja is a living museum, with its major sites of interest centered on Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, and Plaza Vieja, each a town square with their own unique flavor. Gloriously restored, these sites sit in stark contrast to the much-neglected residential areas.

View of Havana's Fuente de los Leones with the Lonja del Comercio in the background.

Havana’s Plaza de San Francisco

A short introduction to Havana’s historical Plaza de San Francisco and its sights, including the neoclassical architecture of the Lonja del Comercio and the Jardín Diana de Gales, a park in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Moon Cuba

Award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker highlights Cuba’s best lesser-known local hotspots, including Finca Manacas (the birthplace of Fidel), Parque Lennon, and Rumba de Salvador’s Alley. He also offers fun and creative travel suggestions, such as Havana’s Musical Feast; 10 Best Scenic Drives; and Dive Into Cuba. With in-depth information on Havana and complete coverage […]

Bouganvillea hang down in the foreground with the cathedral's yellow stone bright in comparison to the dark blue sky.

Sights in Havana’s Plaza de la Catedral

Cathedral Square is Habana Vieja at its most quintessential, the atmosphere enhanced by mulattas in traditional costume who will pose for your camera for a small fee. One Saturday a month, the plaza is a venue for the Noche en las Plazas espectáculo.