View up towards the palatial Hotel Nacional late in the day.

The Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba

The landmark Hotel Nacional is dramatically perched atop a small cliff at the junction of La Rampa and the Malecón. Luminaries from Winston Churchill and the Prince of Wales to Marlon Brando have laid their heads here, as attested by the photos in the lobby bar.

Only the lights of the long strip of buildings along the Malecon are visible.

What to See along Centro Habana’s Malecón

Officially known as Avenida Antonio Maceo, and more properly the Muro de Malecón (literally “embankment,” or “seawall”), Havana’s seafront boulevard winds dramatically along the Atlantic shoreline between the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta and the Río Almendares.

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.

Moon Spotlight Havana

Moon Spotlight Havana offers focused travel information and the unique perspective of award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker. In this easy-to-carry guide, you’ll find sightseeing highlights, handy maps, and shopping, restaurant, and hotel recommendations. Included are options from casas particulares (room rentals) to retro-1950s grande dame hotels, and humble home-based paladares or five-star restaurants. Walking […]