Havana is a magical city and one of the most unique I’ve visited so far. The history, architecture and people of Old Havana are breathtaking. So once you have taken a tour of the capital of Cuba what is left for you to do in Havana? Lots! There is a rum museum, an ancient fort, a Vegas-style song and dance show, a Cuban market and a neighbourhood transformed by an artist into a mosaic fantasy land. There is plenty to do in Havana, here is my list of things to do when you visit this magical historic city. Enjoy.
Before I go into detail I have decided to list these activities in the order I think you should visit. If you only have time for 2 out of the five, then pick the top two. Let’s begin.
Fusterlandia – Imagine you are born into a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Havana called Jaimanitas. All you have is your imagination and a dream. The dream is to transform where you live into a mosaic fantasy of art and your own expression. This is José Rodríguez Fuster and welcome to his dream, Fusterlandia. With the profits from the sale of his art José Fuster has transformed his impoverished neighbourhood into a living and breathing exhibit of modern Cuban art.
Fusterlandia is free to explore and wander on your own. There is a gallery where you can purchase a piece of José Fuster art and you may even meet the artist himself as he wanders and works on his property. Don’t just stick to his house though. He has transformed over 80 neighbouring houses as well.
This living art installation not only feeds your soul it also feeds the neighbourhood and its inhabitants. What was once a poor suburb is now a thriving community. Support it with your visit.
Castillo del Morro – From modern art to ancient fortifications, the Castillo del Morro is a most impressive fortification that sits high on a hill overlooking Havana harbour. Built by the Spanish to defend the city this walled fortress is a wonder to wander through and explore.
Cannons still sit on the walls as well as a lighthouse that rises from the heart of the fortress.
You can look through bolt holes and imagine yourself defending Havana from the invading pirates and British or you can just explore the old barracks, chapel and walls.
Not to miss an opportunity for shopping there is even a small market of local wares available for you to purchase.