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 inHabana 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
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.