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Habana Vieja CUBA

Traveler information for La Habana Vieja

It is very easy to walk around Habana Vieja and you can see for yourself the gentrification of Habana Vieja.

Habana Vieja map with hotels

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for REALLY LARGE map of Habana Vieja

History of Habana Vieja

Colonial Habana was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.

Habana Vieja was founded by the Spanish in 1519. It became a stopping point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World. In the 17th century it was one of the main ship-building centers. The city was built in baroque and neoclassic style.

The narrow streets of Old Havana contain many buildings, accounting for perhaps as many as one-third of the approximately 3,000 buildings found in Habana Vieja. It is the ancient city built around the port of Havana at Havana Bay. Preservation efforts have been underway for many years to safe guard Cuba's past from Cuba's future.

Habana Vieja

Master Plan for Habana Vieja

There is a Master Plan for the Comprehensive Revitalization of Habana Vieja (large pdf with long load time) from the Office of the Historian for the city of Havana. This image below is just one of the very informative pieces of data listed in this 250+ page report.

habana vieja master plan

Cuban Cigars

Do you want to travel to Habana Vieja? You can travel to Cuba legally.

More Habana Vieja Information

Check out for casa particular information and be sure to read the Cuba Travel Section at the Havana Journal. Our sister site offers vintage photos and more information about the port of Havana in Habana Vieja.

This Havana Journal article on the restoration of Habana Vieja is very interesting and the buildings in the old Havana city are interesting too.

Habana Vieja sightseeing tours

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This site features information about guided tours of Habana Vieja, the old city's history, master plan for renovation, numerous paladares (restaurants) and casas particulares (private homes with rooms for rent), colonial and modern hotels, activities and nightlife.

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