The city of Havana, the capital of Cuba, is Cuba’s largest city, major port and leading commercial centre. Old Havana, the unique old town with beautiful colonial style buildings is a UNESCO World Heritage SITE. Havana is vibrant city with a young and creative population. So, it is worth discovering the city away from the major tourist spots.
Callejon de Hamel in Havana was one highlights of our Cuba trip. A few kilometers west of the old town there is this unique vibrant and colourful place to enjoy modern Afro-Cuban art. It is actually just one narrow street with all kind of street art, galleries, shops, cafes and bars, mural paintings, sculptures made of various everyday objects, such as bath tubs. Formerly being a settlement of Afro-Cuban tobacco workers the district has a strong attachment to African cultures and religions. It is a centre of Santeria, a syncretic religion with its roots in West-Africa. Every Sunday around noon you can enjoy frenetic rumba music with drums and chants to summon the Santeria spirits.
Special Tip: Cuba is a safe destination for female travellers. When planning your trip on site check the offers carefully. We felt foreign tourists often get very overprized offers. Many Taxi drivers do not speak English. If you have time visit a Show of the Original Buena Vista Social Club in Havana. Make sure, the Taxi driver takes you to the Original Club in Old Havana and not to another one he gets a commission from.