Since the revolution of the 1950’s, Cuba has almost being left in a time warp due to the trade embargoes imposed by the US and it’s isolation from much of the political world. This gives Havana a unique and almost other-worldly atmosphere.
The city itself is stunning. Throughout history different nations have tried to make this island home and stamped their own style on the place. Between the beautifully coloured baroque and colonial buildings that are slowly crumbling away, the neo-classical Capitolio Nacional and the exquisite art deco designs of it’s 1920’s boom, Havana’s buildings are beautiful to look at. Made all the more interesting as the facades and interiors tumble down.
Meticulously maintained Cadillacs and Chevys cruise along the city’s seafront. An icon of the city, these classic cars are ubiquitous in Cuba due to the regime’s ban on american car imports. Each one diligently preserved as if new as it would be impossible for a regular Cuban to acquire a new vehicle.
All of this makes Havana one of the world’s most photogenic, and most photographed, cities.
I spent 3 days exploring the place before embarking on a trip around western Cuba. I wandered the colourful streets and hung around the squares of Havana Vieja. I climbed the ramparts of El Morro to watch the sun set above the city. I walked along the Malecon, a popular place for locals to while away the evening.
I spent a day joining the May Day celebration parade of a million people, marching through the iconic Plaza de la Revolucion.
I had wanted to visit Cuba for a long time, since reading about it’s revolutionary history and seeing pictures of brightly coloured Cadillacs weaving through the pastel coloured streets. Havana was a perfect place to start and definitely didn’t disappoint.
What do you think? Do these images make you want to visit Havana? Leave me a comment below!
Like it? Pin it!