Havana is a glamorous city that has recently enjoyed a revitalisation after a seven-year economic revolution. Book a flight to Havana and look forward to rum cocktails in eclectic bars, designer boutiques, sultry dancing and plenty of sunshine amid evocative colonial buildings and 50s cars. Browse our selection of cheap holidays in Havana and get to know this fascinating city.
Things to know before visiting Havana
If you're planning to holiday in Havana, consider the following travel tips:
Cuba remains one of the few communist countries in the world, despite the recent economic reforms that allow some forms of private enterprise. It's part of what makes Havana such a fascinating place. One of the things visitors notice is that there is hardly any advertising or recognisable brands.
Unusually, Cuba uses two currencies: the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban convertible Peso (CUC). The latter is used by tourists and the former by state workers. It's worth taking the time to get to know the notes and currencies. One CUC is approximately worth 25 CUP.
People really do drive around Havana in vintage cars. This has become something of a visual stereotype but it is actually true.
If travelling to Cuba from the UK, you will need a tourist visa. This is known as a tourist card and is valid for 30 days.
Finding out as much as you can about your destination is a fun part of planning your holiday before you start to research our flight and hotel deals. Why not book a flight from London to Havana?
What's the weather in Havana?
Havana enjoys a tropical savannah climate, which is pleasantly warm all year round. The average temperature of the water is 25 degrees Celsius. May to October is the hottest time of year; most visitors prefer to visit from November to May, when you can expect clear blue skies and sunny days. December to February is the ideal time for excursions and visiting cities.
Check out our brilliant range of holiday deals to Havana, including our all-inclusive holiday packages, and start looking forward to the trip of a lifetime. You can fly from several UK airports, so you could, for example, book a direct flight from Manchester to Havana.
What to bring from Havana?
Havana is a brilliant destination for shopping. Here are a few suggestions of things you might want to bring back home as a reminder of your wonderful package holidays in Havana:
Coffee - Cuba is famous for its excellent coffee.
Artwork – there is a large artisan craft market by the waterfront at Calle Cuba that is an ideal place for picking up interesting and unusual souvenirs.
Cigars – Montecristos and Cohibas are premium brands, but Hoyo De Monterey and Ramon Allones are less expensive.
Rum – Havana Club Rum is a famous label.
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What places to visit in Havana?
One of the coolest cities in the world, there is no shortage of things to do on one of our cheap package holidays in Havana.
Centro Habana is one of the most fascinating neighbourhoods to explore – get in touch with the local ambience, hear the sounds of salsa and savour the sizzling street food.
Walk along the Malecon, a sea wall that stretches for about five miles along the length of the city. You could head to La Rampa in the Vedado district, an iconic nightlife hotspot.
Hire a classic car from the Museum of the Revolution or the Hotel Inglaterra and spend the afternoon being driven around the city in style.
However you choose to spend your package holidays in Havana, you will find plenty of exciting and interesting attractions to keep you entertained.
What to eat in Havana?
If this is your first trip to Havana, you are in for a treat. Try to eat like a Cuban, and head to the places that are popular with the locals. Doña Eutimia is a good place for traditional Cuban food, while Restaurant Bar Razones is a private restaurant that is popular with Cubans. There also many restaurants featuring the cuisines of other nationalities, from Iranian to Chinese. Why not embrace Cuba's communist heritage by visiting Nazdarovie, which serves Russian food in authentic, retro-Soviet decor?
No trip to Havana would be complete without at least one visit to the many roadside stands selling fast and completely delicious street food, such as pork burgers, guava milkshake, pineapple pizza and coconut pie.
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