Old Havana - A Self Guided Walking Route With Map Included
You simply can't travel to Havana without checking out Old Havana (Habana Vieja.) Here is my recommended self-guided walking route of Old Havana.
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Old Havana – A Self-Guided Walking Route With Map

31 Jan Old Havana – A Self-Guided Walking Route With Map

Old Havana - A Self Guided Walking Route With Map

You simply can’t travel to Havana, Cuba without checking out Old Havana (Habana Vieja.) Many tourists choose to take the tourist jump-on-jump-off bus to cover the touristic sites. If you only have half-a-day to see Havana this is good enough to cover a lot in a short period of time.  

If you have more time you should spend at least one day exploring Old Havana and see the real deal with walking along the backstreets and see all the colorful houses along the way. Here is my recommended self-guided walking route of Old Havana.

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Capitolio de La Habana

Capitolio de La Habana

We lived in Vedado which is not close to Old Havana. We took a classic taxi to El Capitolio building and started our walk there. It is on edge of Old Havana. By walking a few meters up from El Capitolio along the Street Paseo de Marti we saw the iconic colorful buildings and took some photos. We then walked around El Capitolio and did a short trip into Partagas Cigar Factory.

Hotel Inglaterra, Old Havana, Cuba

Hotel Inglaterra, Habana Vieja, Cuba

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We then walked towards Hotel Inglaterra and Parque Central to check out the statue of Jose Marti. Outside of the park is a great place to find the classic car for a one hour guided car ride around Havana.

We then checked out the Museo de La Revolucion. The museum is in a remarkable building. However,  I was a little disappointed with the museum as it was mostly images and facts about what happened during the revolution. I would not recommend spending so much time at this museum unless you are very interested in what happened and have a long time in Havana. We then walked towards Malecon and took photos of the Lighthouse and Castillo de Los Tres Santos Reyes.




We then walked a little longer along Malecon and walked toward Catedral De San Cristobal and Plaza de La Catedral which is a must in Old Havana and get to know the history behind the Cathedral. If you continue walking along the street Empedrado you will get to La Bodeguita Del Medio, which is the birthplace of the Mojito and a hangout place of Ernest Hemingway. Try the Mojito and make sure to bring a marker so you can write a regard on the wall 😀

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Musicians playing in Bodeguita del medio, Old Havana Cuba

Musicians playing in Bodeguita del Medio, Havana Cuba


We then walked back towards Castillo de la Real Fuerza and Plaza de Armas.  Castillo de la Real Fuerza is such an interesting fort-museum worth checking out. It is worth walking along Calle Mercaderes to see the interesting shops, museums, and interesting people. You can turn left on Calle Amargura towards Plaza de San Francisco De Asis where you will see the big church Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco de Asis. You can also check out the two museums there.


Related: How to plan for a trip to Cuba in 2017 

To end the route perfectly you can walk towards Plaza Vieja to check out some museums there, The Camera Obscura and end up by enjoying a micro brewed beer or a coffee at one of the restaurants there.

Plaza De La Revolucion, Havana, Cuba

Plaza De La Revolucion, Havana, Cuba

Bonus outside of Old Havana

Since we lived in Vedado we decided to take a classic taxi ride to Plaza de La Revolucion to check out the huge plaza with the icons of Che Guevara as well as the Memorial Jose Marti. You might be hungry by now and you can take coco-taxi to El Cocinero – the popular rooftop restaurant in Vedado. If you choose this be sure to book the day before and it is not recommended if it rains as you can not stay at the rooftop.


Cuba map made of keys, FAC, Havana, Cuba

Cuba map made of keys, FAC, Havana, Cuba


If you are interested in Modern art you should definitely check out FAC which is right next to El Cocinero. It is only open on Thursdays to Sunday from 8 pm to 3 am (12 am). They also sell food and drinks there.

The Walking route in order:

  1. El Capitolio
  2. Paseo de Marti (colourful buildings)
  3. Partagas Cigar Factory
  4. Hotel Inglaterra
  5. Parque Central
  6. Malecon (Castillo de Los Tres Santos Reyes)
  7. Catedral De San Cristobal and Plaza de La Catedral
  8. La Bodeguita Del Medio
  9. Castillo de la Real Fuerza and Plaza de Armas
  10. Calle Mercaderes 
  11. Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco de Asis 
  12. Plaza Vieja  


Plaza de La Revolucion

El Cocinero

FAC Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Old Havana - A self guided walking route

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 Are you planning on going to Havana what are you planning to do there? Or if you have been, what did you do?

Before you go this is must read if you are traveling to Cuba soon:How to plan for a trip to Cuba in 2017 


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  • Cristina
    Posted at 13:51h, 31 January Reply

    Havana is one of the cities on my bucket list of traveling! I don’t know why, but I felt in love with the city from lots of pictures and movies I’ve been watching.


    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 14:47h, 31 January Reply

      That is so cool. You should definitely go there it is so unique.

  • Foirell
    Posted at 15:52h, 31 January Reply

    This looks amazing! Your pics are amazing! I would love to go to Havana I can only imagine what a great time you had!

    Foirell | http://www.citygirlrell.com

  • Stephenie
    Posted at 16:28h, 31 January Reply

    Such amazing information and images

  • Kseniya
    Posted at 17:24h, 31 January Reply

    Great post! Great information for traveling to Cuba!

  • ImNotGrandpa
    Posted at 19:29h, 31 January Reply

    Great post! Havana is on my Bucket List of places to see. Thank you for the preview!

  • Joely Smith
    Posted at 23:28h, 31 January Reply

    Loved this post! I watched a documentary recently on Havana and have wanted to go since then I am so glad I saw your article here. I feel a little more like I was there personally.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:23h, 01 February Reply

      Ah that is awesome 😀 You should go for sure 😀 Thank you 🙂

  • Azlin Bloor
    Posted at 06:48h, 01 February Reply

    That’s a brilliant guided tour, don’t need a guide book! Some amazing photos!

  • robin Rue
    Posted at 06:50h, 01 February Reply

    I won;t be going to Cuba, so I enjoyed your photos. It looks really pretty there.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 11:16h, 01 February Reply

    What a blast! I would love to do this someday. I really like all the different colors of the buildings.

  • Nellwyn
    Posted at 13:16h, 01 February Reply

    Old Havana looks beautiful! Cuba is definitely really high up on my bucket list right now since I’d like to go before it changes too much. I’ll have to bookmark your walking tour for when I plan my trip!

  • Melanie Trethowan
    Posted at 17:41h, 01 February Reply

    There is nothing better than a good walking tour to get the real feel of a place. I think it is the slower pace that lets you absorb more detail – including smells and sounds – something you can’t do as much inside a bus or car.
    Many thanks for sharing. Mel

  • Sarah-Louise Bailey
    Posted at 19:16h, 01 February Reply

    I was so much fascinated with the Cuba map that is made of keys which symbolize as the opener of ideas/doors. Of course, who would not be known the famous Che Guevara?

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 19:20h, 01 February Reply

      Yeah, it is amazing. You would love the FAC it is so cool. Thank you for stopping by 😀

    • Art M
      Posted at 21:53h, 10 December Reply

      “Famous” is a dubious moniker for Guevara; but, all who know of the many he murdered would certainly remember him …

  • Amy Jones
    Posted at 21:29h, 01 February Reply

    Cuba could’ve been an even better and more touristic place! Sadly their economy is such a mess and their governors wasted so much potential

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:02h, 02 February Reply

      True, it is getting quite touristy lately tho .

  • Janine
    Posted at 23:29h, 01 February Reply

    What a great post! I love to travel and your story engrossed me into this rich culture! It looks like a fantastic trip and your blog post is so informative! Lovely website!

  • Karlyn Cruz
    Posted at 02:22h, 02 February Reply

    Wow. I didn’t know Cuba has this amazing place. It is a really a beautiful place and you have great photos 🙂

  • Victoria Heckstall
    Posted at 02:25h, 02 February Reply

    I really love your photos! The best for me is the map of Cuba using keys, it’s so creative 🙂

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:01h, 02 February Reply

      thank you, yeah that artwork is pretty cool 😀

  • Jennifer Gilbert
    Posted at 09:12h, 02 February Reply

    Beautiful pictures! What a fabulous view of the lighthouse. I would love to have a mojito in Ernest Hemingway’s old hangout!

  • Bethany Stout
    Posted at 17:49h, 02 February Reply

    Your photos are beautiful. Looks like you really enjoyed your trip. Love it. Hope to visit some day.

  • Dhemz
    Posted at 21:47h, 02 February Reply

    Oh, wow! Looks like you had a fun trip. I would love to visit there someday. I love all the photos. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wendy Polisi
    Posted at 21:47h, 02 February Reply

    Those photos are so gorgeous, this is such a beautiful place! I’m really glad that you enjoyed your trip.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 01:39h, 03 February Reply

    That’s really nice! I love walking tours because you get to explore the city without hassle. I think it’s nice to plan a route when you’re going to do it alone. There’s so much to see in Havana!

  • Jay Simms
    Posted at 11:35h, 03 February Reply

    Oh that looks so pretty! I would love to visit there one day.

  • Fatima Torres
    Posted at 23:23h, 03 February Reply

    I had a friend who recently stopped by and she was so excited to have seen all the wonderful things Cuba has to offer. I’ve always been fascinated with their old cars

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 11:11h, 04 February Reply

      That is awesome. It surely is fascinating 🙂

  • thevikingabroad
    Posted at 10:00h, 06 February Reply

    That is awesome. You totally should 🙂

  • Joyce | Live Laugh Love Post
    Posted at 20:04h, 15 February Reply

    We wish that we could be there in Cuba for our vacation. We are saving money this year. Thank you for sharing.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:51h, 16 February Reply

      It is good to save money 🙂 Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Becci Abroad
    Posted at 08:34h, 30 July Reply

    Hi fellow Viking 😉 Great quick guide to Havana Vieja! I couldn’t agree more with you about Museo de La Revolución! When I went, me and my Norwegian friend from the University made fun with that it was one huge guide to how make a revolution 😉 Luckily, nobody understood our Danish-Norwegian.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:21h, 31 July Reply

      haha yeah, it is cool but not worth the time 🙂 Cool you got to go there 🙂

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