The Classic City Drive - detailed description


A longer description of the Classic City Drive (1 and 2 hours) can be read here.

These panoramic trips in Classic Car show you the most important districts of Havana. During the Classic City Drive - 2 hours you also visit the city forest Parque Almendares and the John Lennon Park.

Districts Old Havana and Centro Habana

Muralla, the name of the street that leads us to the train station, passing the Parque de la Fraternidad towards the Cuban Capitol.
Do not focus too much on the tourist attractions only, as you can find beauty in every corner.

Through the streets Reina and Carlos III we reach Centro Habana, one of the most populated districts. In the current urban pattern, Centro Habana is the center and connects the historic district with the (modern) neighborhoods. Hence the name. This is everyday Havana, Habaneros busy getting their groceries, busy with the most wonderful things, busy with their game of dominoes, less glamor here. Several families live in one and the house.

Continue to the iconic Plaza de la Revolución for a stop.

Districts Vedado and Nuevo Vedado

You'll pass Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (1876), one of the most impressive cemeteries in the world. We are on our way to Almendares, the city forest of Havana.

District Miramar

A fairy-tale road leads to Miramar, the youngest district of Havana. You will be surprised by the luxury villas and mansions and by the lush gardens mostly with swimming pool. In the 1940s and 1950s - when Cuba was still the sunny backyard of the United States - the upper-class settled here. Broad avenues with hedges (still well maintained) and green parks recall those days.

Districts Vedado and Old Havana

Returning to the boulevard Malecón we cross the Vedado district, a residential area in the 30s - 40s, and still, but also a social-cultural center of the capital. It is cozy and lively. Green as well, with trees along the streets and with various parks. One is the John Lennon Park (visited during the Classic City Drive - 2 hours).

Surprising, but in the first decades after the revolution, the music of the Beatles was banned on the island. Cuba made up for it by placing a bronze statue of John Lennon in a nice city park. It is a real pleasure to drive through Vedado and greet John. Imagine, you got a ticket to ride!

After this panoramic drive, we are back in the historical center, UNESCO World Heritage since 1982. Here ends this Classic City Drive (unless you want to be dropped off elsewhere). You better explore Old Havana by walking, with or without a guide, (such as e.g. The Colonial Walk & City Drive, you can read more about it here).

If you want to return to the page of the Classic City Drive - 1 hour, click here, and here for the Classic City Drive - 2 hours

 

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