The City of Havana is the island’s capital. Since the time of its founding in 1519, the city became the main commercial, economic and communication center due to its ideal location facing the Florida Straits and its magnificent bay.
Today the city is the main destination for tourism on the island because of its centuries-old history, its superb beaches, incredible cultural wealth featuring the colonial center of Old Havana and its mix of architectural styles. Old Havana is the finest example of colonial architecture on the island and throughout the Caribbean and thus it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cuba.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 in order to preserve its architecture and historical heritage, Old Havana has preserved many of the most beautiful and important squares, buildings, historical monuments, museums and fortresses from the island’s colonial past.