Havana is the centre of all things Cuban. There's an air of faded glory about the city, as big '50s and '60s American automobiles cruise the streets and paint and plaster peel off everywhere. The city is lined with glorious Spanish colonial architecture, much of which is under restoration.
Havana has a swinging nightlife, and less traffic and commercialisation than your average Latin American city. But from the rough brilliance of Old Havana to residential areas ranging from shabby to demanding demolition, the exuberant friendliness of Havana's inhabitants is what shines through.
Facts for the traveller
Off the beaten track