Peace and quiet is not typically the first thing that comes to mind when considering what travel to Cuba has to offer, specifically Havana. Travelers and locals alike know the bustling city for its thriving energy. For travelers, it can be difficult to find down time amidst all of the exciting opportunities or a break from the sensory overload. Even though they aren’t as quite obvious, Havana offers some amazing places to find a little R&R while still learning and exploring. Read on to discover the top five Havana attractions where you can also find peace and quiet.
- Cemetery Colón
El Cementerio de Colón, or Cemetery Colón, is one of the largest and grandiose cemeteries in the Americas. Because of its epic size, it’s easy to find a place to be alone. You can get lost in the rows of spectacular tombstones and mausoleums, or take a quiet moment in the octagonal chapel – all the while soaking in over 140 years of history.
- Parque Almendares
A walk or picnic in Parque Almendares is one of only a few ways be immersed in all-natural beauty in Havana. The park is part of the larger Bosque (forest) de la Habana and has the feel of an enchanted woodland. Winding walkways will take you through rows of trees or alongside the serene Río Almendares, which runs alongside the park’s 400m. The park provides a welcome breath of fresh air and view of greenery for those wishing to escape the noise of the city.
- Parque Morro-Cabaña
Zip across the bay by car or by ferry to step into the neighborhood of Casablanca, home of Parque Morro-Cabana. It’s likely you’ll find a few other tourists upon your arrival, but it’s nothing compared to the crowds in Old Havana. Plus, it won’t take long to lose them. The neighborhood of Casablanca itself is devoid of all the noisy cars and busy streets, which makes them pleasant wander around. Then, it’s easy to lose yourself in one of the two impressive forts that make up Parque Morro-Cabaña – Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro (also known as El Morro) or Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña. El Cristo de La Habana, a 17m high Christ sculpture is another of the park’s peaceful attractions.
- Botanical Gardens
The Jardín Botánico Nacional lays on the southern outskirts of the city, but the trip is well worth it. Here you can explore a seemingly-endless variety of plants and trees while enjoying some peace and quiet. From a perfectly landscaped Japanese Garden to a plethora of palm species (162 to be exact), the botanical gardens offer a world of calm and fauna.
- Church and Convent of San Francisco de Asís
Picture yourself in a hot, bustling plaza, sweating and surrounded by hoards of people. Imagine how nice it would feel to step into a cool, dark, and perfectly serene space. Located at the head of the Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, one of Havana’s main plazas, the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco offers exactly that kind of beautiful escape. Religious or not, it’s impossible not to feel at peace inside the historical cathedral, which was built in 1739 on a structure site that dates back to 1579. After you’ve had your fill of calm, you can climb to the top of the bell tower for some breathtaking views of the city.
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