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86. Havana – World’s Most Incredible Cities

Discover why Havana in Cuba ranked #86 in our countdown of ‘100 Most Incredible Cities in the World’.

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Until recently the capital of Cuba has been largely closed off to the world with America’s 50-year-old embargo.

This has also meant the rich and compelling culture of the Caribbean city has been absolutely preserved, to the point where it’s almost stuck in a ’50s timewarp.

Its eclectic (and somewhat ramshackle) architecture spans 600 years mixing all sorts of styles such as Moorish, Baroque, Art Deco and Neoclassical; pre-Cuban Revolution cars such as Buicks and Chevrolets line the streets; and locals are dressed in styles from traditional Cuban to Afro Cuban to 1950s-style western to modern western.

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Havana’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is an absolute must-do but there’s plenty more to this city, such as a day on the gorgeous palm-fringed beach Playas del Este or a wander along the Malecón, the city’s eight-kilometre seaside drive, best done at sunset.

 

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This article appeared in issue 19

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