La Havana is the capital of Cuba and its main touristic destination. It gruops togheter 15 municipalities. Its inauguration date is officially recognized as November 16, 1519 as San Cristóbal of Havana Village. To defend it from the frequent pirate attacks, the Metropolis (Spain) undertook the building of the most complex and powerful defensive system
Havana night is undoubtedly one of the city's major atributes. More than 50 nightspots, among them Gato Tuerto, Salón Rojo, Parisién Cabaret, Copa Room, Turquino, Habana Café, the Music houses, la Zorra y el Cuervo, etc. And a special mention for one of the most famous cabarets in the world: Tropicana, "A Paradise Under the Stars", on whose stages outstanding show business figures have performed since the 1940s. Also, the city offers theater shows, concerts, o simply visit the famous Malecon.
Culture and history info
Havana, Cuba's principal cultural hub, is the venue of almost a hundred museums and the same number of art galleries. The Musuem of Fine Arts exhibits in the Cuban Art and Universal Art buildings its own valuable collections and temporary exhibitions. Colón Cementery, a National Monument and the island's largest cementery, is considered one of the most famous in the Americas ant the world. Also protagonists are dance -National Ballet of Cuba, Danza Contemporánea, National Folklore Group, Danza combiantoria- and theater; diverse companies perform in almost 50 theaters, halls and movie theaters, concentrating the best of the island's stages, like the Grand Theater of Havana, the Karl Marx, National, mella, El Sótano, Hubert de Blanck, etc. Very interesting are the Bodeguita del Medio, a very popular place in all world, and Floridita's Bar, where the northamerican writer Ernest Hemingway drunk the Daiquirí famous cuban coctel. Havana's principal squares are the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral Square, Plaza de San Francisco, and the Revolution Square "José Martí" that it has witnessed important popuar rallies and events.