Old Havana Walking Tour...on foot including the 4 main squares in Old Havana!
The tour starts at 9:30 in the morning. If you are staying in Old Havana the guide will pick you up in your hotel or private home, if not you must have to go to the Central Park where the tour will start to meet the guide.
The historic heart of Havana which was declared part of the “cultural heritage of humanity” by UNESCO in 1982, is the largest Colonial center in Latin America. After two centuries of neglect, restoration work under the direction of Eusebio Leal Spencer, the historiador de la ciudad (Superintendent of Culture Heritage), is reviving the former splendor of this district. The restoration programmer is not limited to monuments and major buildings, but also includes old shops and ordinary houses. The aim is to ensure the revival of both the beauty of Old Havana and its original vitality and everyday activities.
This tour will take you street-by-street to the 4 main squares of the Old Havana: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis and Plaza Vieja.
Plaza de la Catedral: Dominated by the elegant profile of its church, Plaza de la Catedral is one of the symbols of the Old Havana. In 1952, the Zanja Real, the city’s first aqueduct (and the first Spanish aqueduct in the new world), reached the square. Water was channeled from the Almendares River, 11 km away. The Zanja Real was built to provide water to ships docking in the harbor, as well as to local residents.
Plaza de Armas: This Square was built in the 1600s to replace the old Plaza Mayor, the core of Havana religious, administrative and military life, and up to the mid-1700s it was used for military exercises. After its transformation in 1771-1838, it become a favorite with rich Havana citizens and popular as an area for carriages rides. Careful restoration work has been carried out over recent years, and the square now attracts throngs of visitors and locals, many of whom simply gather here to sit and relax.
Plaza de San Francisco de Asis: Bordering the port, this picturesque square has an Andalusian character and evokes images of a distant age when galleons loaded with gold and other cargo set sail for Spain. In the middle of the square is the Fuente de los Leones, modelled on the famous fountain in Alhambra in Granada. This work by the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini was donated in 1836 by the fiscal superintendent, Don Claudio Martinez de Pinillos, the Count of Villanueva, and for many years it supplied the ships docked here with drinking water.
Plaza Vieja: This square was laid out in 1559 and was originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square). In the 19th century, after the widening of Plaza de Armas and the creation of other urban areas, it lost its role as the city’s main public square and was renamed Plaza Vieja. From the 1950s to the 90s it was a car park, but it has now been restored to its original appearance.
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- English speaking guide for 1:30 hrs. (Maximum 9 clients per guide).
- Walking Tour – 1 and a half hr around the most important squares and fortresses in Old Havana.
- Transfer to the central park from outside the Old Havana area are available for 15cuc per car one way.
- Tips to the guide (Recommended Tips according to the service received).
- Something not mentioned before.