Havana - Interesting Places

Casa de las Américas Calle 3, esq Calle G, Vedado, La Habana.

The Casa de las Américas House is a cultural center located in Calle G Street, next to El Malecón of Havana, in the quarter of Vedado. This cultural center was founded by Haydee Santamaría, survivor of the assault on Moncada in 1959. Its objective is to investigate, support, reward and publish the works of writers, musicians, theater practitioners, and other artists from the continent.  The literary contest in holds annually is considered one of the most important of Spanish language. It is a meeting point and forum for dialogue concerning innovative ideas with a unique atmosphere. The House has exchanges with institutions from all over the world. Conferences and exhibits on Latin American and Caribbean art are held in its headquarter, as well as concerts and interesting events. Its interior houses an art gallery and a bookshop, both with an intellectual atmosphere.

Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás Calle Industria No. 520, e/ Barcelona y Dragones, Centro Habana, La Habana

The Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás (Partagás Royal Tobacco Factory), located in the north of Fraternidad Park, one of the oldest and more famous tobacco factories in Havana. It was founded in 1845 by the Spanish Jaime Partagás. Partagas was at the same time, owner of some tobacco plantations in the region of Vuelta Abajo. This is the most visited factory in the country. When you visit it in group you’ll discover how they do separate and classify the leaves in the ground floor; and how they do roll, press, adorn, and wrap the cigars in the upper floors. Currently there are around 500 workers on it, rolling cigars for well-known brands like Montecristo or Cohíba. The factory also houses a sales room, where you’ll be able to choose among a great variety of Havana cigars, and a bar.

Rum Museum San Pedro No. 262e / sol y Santa Clara, Habana Vieja, La Habana

Discover part of the Cuban culture throught the history of Havana Club, the Cuban Rum, and its elaboration stages. It is not necessary to drink alcohol to enjoy this wonderful museum, because by visiting it you’ll still be able to delve into Cuban culture. This museum offers an interesting guided tour exhibiting the complex rum-making process in old machines. This tour is available in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian. It explains the entire process, from the manufacturing white oak barrels to the rum’s fermentation and ageing process, as well as a scale-model copy of a sugar mill. Ticket price includes a tasting to finish the tour in an attractive bar, where you will be able to taste also a wide variety of typical cuban cocktails, with traditional Cuban music from the 30’s in a cozy early 20th century atmosphere. The museum also contains a shop store.

Tobacco Museum Calle Mercaderes No.120, Habana Vieja, La Habana

The Museo del Tabaco (Tobacco Museum) is located within an 18th century building that belonged to the Bartolomé Luque family, in Calle Mercaderes Street, Old Havana. This museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of collections related to the plantations, production and commercialization of Cuban tobacco. It exhibits a large collection of pipes, leaves and other related items, as well as a collection of lithographic stones and machines of important cigar companies. The museum has a small shop where you’ll be able to get different Havana cigars and items for smokers.

Train Museum Avenida de México, esq Arroyo, La Habana

The Museo del Ferrocarril (Train Museum) of Havana is located in the old Cristina Station, built in 1859. The museum exhibits a great collection of old locomotives, photographs, and signaling materials, as well as an interesting review of the Cuban trains history. Cuba was one of the first countries in the world to build a rail network, and the trains on the island began to run at least a decade before those in Spain. In this museum you’ll find steam engine locomotives for broad and narrow rails, as well as diesel and electric locomotives. One of the most important items in the museum is the La Junta de Fomento Locomotive, bought in the US in 1842. The museum also houses an area which reproduces the operations room of a train station in the first half of the 20th century; and a Railway Modelling Room which exhibits scale models of stations and railway equipments.

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