About La Havana
Malecon de la Habana is an attractive promenade that stretches for eight kilometers from the Castillo de la Punta to the Torreon de la Chorrera and the mouth of the Almendares River. The city has been able to preserve its colonial heritage, so much so that you can even see a transition of European eclecticism to North American modernity depicted in the buildings.
Why La Havana
The town of San Cristóbal de la Habana was founded on July 25, 1514. You will hear the sounds of music on almost every corner of the streets, and you will nose will capture the scents of authentic Cuban food emanating from the restaurants and paladares. At night, Cuba comes alive with the clicking of mojito glasses, salsa rhythms, and Afro-Cuban jazz. Cuba is a beautiful island with incredible landscapes, white or golden sandy beaches, turquoise seas, and benign climate.
La Havana Roster
Hello, I'm Alejandro DEBASA
Regional Managing Director
Alejandro Debasa was born in Havana, Cuba on October 23, 1970. He spent 5 years studying his elementary school in London, England. He later returned to his homeland where he finished his higher education in electronic engineering. Since his father was an important official of the board of tourism in Cuba, he was always in contact with the tourism industry. This early exposure to tourism eventually caused him to follow in the footsteps of his father, thus recognizing his true passion and vocation: The hospitality industry. His secular education also comprises degrees in hospitality, marketing, and tourism.
For 10 years he worked for Cubanacán, a major travel agency in Cuba. His work experience has also included working for foreign tourism companies. Currently he serves as Regional Managing Director of IVI DMC2 Cuba, a position from which he is able to promote the ever growing tourism on the island, an industry that provides significant resources to the Cuban economy.
Alejandro considers himself a responsible and communicative person. He is focused on his goals, is proactive and confident, geared to perfection, promotes teamwork, and is community-oriented. He enjoys sharing every success in life along with his family and seizes every opportunity to spend time with them. He also loves spending time with his friends and of course, with his inseparable dog. He loves his country and is proud to be Cuban.
Local Attraction: Old Havana is one of the places that I enjoy the most. It was considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. In it I find reflected my culture’s past and my present. I love Old Havana’s incredible contrasts; its sublime architecture is a fusion of the old with the modern.
Recreational Activity: I do not consider myself to be an athlete, rather, I love playing board games, such as chess.
Restaurant: I love Cuban food, such as black beans, lechón (roast suckling pig) accompanied by delicious tostones (twice-fried green plantains), a mojito, and to cap it all off, a good cigar.
Local Event: Baseball, the national sport of my country. I enjoy watching the games on TV along with my son.
You could spend all day walking through Old Havana, strolling its narrow streets, visiting its museums and monuments, and beholding the exquisite colors and shapes of its architecture. The town of San Cristóbal de la Habana was founded on July 25, 1514. The section known as Old Havana has an area of about 1,235.53 acres (5 sq km). It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982.
You will hear the sounds of music on almost every corner of the streets, and you will nose will capture the scents of authentic Cuban food emanating from the restaurants and paladares. Havana is a safe city, so you can enjoy your walk knowing you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Walk along the Malecon, Havana's greatest promenade
Malecon de la Habana is an attractive promenade that stretches for eight kilometers from the Castillo de la Punta to the Torreon de la Chorrera and the mouth of the Almendares River. Considered a symbol of the City, the Malecon is one of the most authentic and moving avenues of Havana and the favorite meeting place of musicians, philosophers, poets, fishermen, vendors, and love birds.
Strolling along this emblematic esplanade is a must-do, an experience you cannot miss. No trip to Havana is said to be complete without going to el Malecon.
Most of Cuba's history has taken place in Havana, that explain why it holds a large number of museums, most of them located in the neighborhoods of Old Havana and Havana downtown..
Here is a list of the most important: Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo de la Ciudad, Museo de la Revolucion, Museo de Arte Colonial, Museo Castillo de la Real fuerza, Museo Morro Cabaña (Cannon blast ceremony held each night at 9:00 PM, a must-see event!) Museo Yoruba, Museo del Ron, Museo del Chocolate and Farmacia Museo Taquechel.
At night, Cuba comes alive with the clicking of mojito glasses, salsa rhythms, and Afro-Cuban jazz. Are you a foodie, a cocktail connoisseur, or simply a music lover? Get ready to party it up in Cuba! It is said that Cubans carry talent for music and singing in their blood so you can expect the nights in Havana to be aplenty with good live music, salsa, rumba, boleros, and jazz.
There are famous concert halls, nightclubs, and iconic bars where you can enjoy a great musical show. Come and enjoy performances of world-famous bands such as Buena Vista Project and Compay Segundo, among some others. Here is our recommended list of some venues: Tropicana, La Zorra y el Cuervo, Fabrica de Arte, Cabaret Parisien, Casa de la Música Miramar, Habana Café, Bodeguita del Medio and Bar Floridita
Tour to Tobacco Factories
Havana tastes like rum and smells like Habanos, some have said when they visit Cuba. The cultivation of tobacco has long been a Cuban trademark. Visit one of the many tobacco factories to get acquainted with its growth and processing. You will also learn about the fascinating history of Cuban tobacco throughout time.
Recommended factories: Partagas Factory, Romeo y Julieta Factory.
Beach - Blue Circuit
Cuba is a beautiful island with incredible landscapes, white or golden sandy beaches, turquoise seas, and benign climate. In Havana you can visit beautiful beaches just a few miles from downtown.
Along Via Blanca road there is a long line of beaches, mostly visited by locals. Due to the spectacular turquoise color of the waters, the following beaches are best known as Blue Circuit: Bucaranao, Megano, Santa Maria del Mar, Boca Ciega, Guanabo, Jibacoa, and Tropico.
Since its beginnings in the 90's, Paladares (mostly family-run businesses), as they are known, have always had a marked difference from other restaurants. In them, you can partake of delicious home cooking, in many cases in the house of a Cuban family; a must-do while in Cuba.
Recommended establishments: Paladar La Guarida, La Cocina de Liliam, Paladar San Cristobal, Paladar Al Carbon, Ivan Justo Cheff, Paladar La Moneda Cubana, Paladar Los Naranjos, Paladar Doña Eutimia, Paladar Habana Mia.
For more than two hundred years, Havana has been the most attractive city in the Caribbean basin and the Gulf of Mexico architecturally wise. The city has been able to preserve its colonial heritage, so much so that you can even see a transition of European eclecticism to North American modernity depicted in the buildings.
Venturing in Havana's neighborhoods serves to decipher their history through architecture; this can be the ideal excuse to behold from another perspective a city that seems stopped in time.
Enjoy a Ride in Classic Cars
Something that draws attention to visitors to the island is the number of vintage cars that still roll the streets; many of them retain their authenticity and style, fact that makes Havana look in the eyes of many as a rolling museum.
Jump in one of them and you will feel like you are traveling back in time.
Visual arts have always occupied an important place in Cuba's culture. Many local artists have been internationally recognized and awarded throughout history.
They have been able to reflect on canvas the joys and concerns of past generations. These are some galleries suggested in Havana: Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Fototeca de Cuba, Galeria Origenes and Fabrica de Arte.