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Fernando de Hammel, a US-French-German arms trader during the War of Secession who settled in this alley. But it didn’t get famous until 1990, transformed the dusty side street into a mural-lined inner city wonderland. It now has small studios, galleries, welded street sculpture and altars dedicated to Afro-Cuban traditions. Saturdays at midday it fills with rumba music gatherings, boleros, poetry or children’s poetry.

Callejón de Hamel e/ Aramburu y Hospital, Centro Habana.


In what was the Presidential Palace from García Menocal, in 1920, until Fulgencio Batista, in 1958. It has a very refined style with an extraordinary cupola. The hall of mirrors and dining room, with frescos by Romañach, must be seen. Its collection walks one through 20th century Cuban history, from the first struggles to our times, and delves into the triumph of the Revolution. An essential stopover.

Refugio no. 1 e/ Ave. Misiones y Zulueta, Centro Habana. Tel. 624091


At 25 km from downtown Havana, this gleaming botanical garden of 600 hectares (1500 acres) is well worth the trip. It has 150,000 specimens of more than four thousand different species of Cuban and international flora. Special attention must be given to the cactus pavilion, tropical rainforest, the bougainvillea selection and orchid garden, palm collection and Japanese garden. Home to one of Havana´s first vegetarian restaurants, El Bambú.

Carretera del Rocío km 3,5, Calabazar. La Habana.

interesting places
Barrio Chino

CallejÓn de Hamel

Capitolio de La Habana

Catedral Ortodoxa
de San NicolÁs de Mira

Cementerio chino

Cementerio de ColÓn

Iglesia del RincÓn

Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)

JardÍn BotÁnico Nacional

parque Almendares

La Esquina Caliente

museo del aire


Museo del Chocolate

Museo de la RevoluciÓn

Plaza de la RevoluciÓn

The art deco route /
la ruta del art decÓ

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