Hemingway's guide to Havana

Go now, while it remains authentic.

by Rashmi Chugani

It's no secret that Hemingway loved Havana. And the city knows it. There's so much Hemingway memorabilia around, one would think he was actually Cuban. Get to know Havana through the spots he frequented while writing some American classics.

El Malecon 94

Centro Habana

The Malecón, Havana's evocative 8km-long sea drive, is one of the city's most soulful and quintessentially Cuban thoroughfares.

- Lonely Planet

El Capitolio 86

Paseo de Marti

Since 1959 it has housed the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Science and Technology.

- Lonely Planet

Museum of the Revolution 94

Calle Refugio 1

This museum resides in the former Presidential Palace, constructed between 1913 and 1920 and used by a string of cash-embezzling Cuban presidents.

- Lonely Planet

The square that surrounds and is named for the Catedral de la Habana is one of La Habana Vieja's most beautiful spots.

- Fodor's

Old Square 82

La Habana Vieja

The square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.

- Fodor's

Topped by the famous Giraldilla (Weathervane)... Havana's favorite symbol—it's even on the Havana Club rum label.

- Fodor's

El Templete 79

Calles Baratillo and O'Reilly

This museum is housed in the tiny neoclassical Doric chapel... which was erected in 1828 at the point where Havana's first Mass was held beneath a ceiba tree.

- Lonely Planet

University of Havana 79

Calles L and 27

The broad staircase leading up to the school, with its signature Alma Mater statue... is a popular gathering spot for students.

- Frommer's

Museo Hemingway Finca Vigia 81

Calle Obispo 153

To prevent the pilfering of objects, visitors are not allowed inside the house (La Casona), but there are enough open doors and windows to allow a proper glimpse into Papa's universe.

- Lonely Planet

Plaza de Armas 82

Tacon Street, Old Havana

Today's plaza, along with most of the buildings around it, dates from the late 1700s.

- Lonely Planet

House of Jose Marti 80

Calle Leonor Perez (Paula) 314

The memorial houses a museum – the definite word on Martí in Cuba.

- Lonely Planet

Fort San Salvador 74

Paseo de Marti (Prado) y Av. del Puerto (Calle Desamparado/San Pedro)

One in a quartet of forts defending Havana harbor, La Punta was designed by the Italian military engineer Bautista Antonelli and built between 1589 and 1600.

- Lonely Planet

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