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Vedado, Havana

Discover the beautiful city of Vedado, all it has on offer and all there is to see there in Havana, Cuba

Vedado, Havana
Vedado, Havana © Jack1962

Vedado, officially known as Municipio Plaza de la Revolución (Municipality of Revolution Square), is a shopping area and the main residential area in Havana.

Vedado is a quarter older than Playa, but newer than Centro Habana. The oldest houses in this district date back to 1860, despite most of them having been built between 1920 and 1950, when the town’s largest period of growth took place.


El Malecón, Vedado
El Malecón© Francis Larrede
Che Guevara, Vedado, Havana
Che Guevara © Jack1962

Vedado is one of the areas in Havana with a stronger North American atmosphere. It has a small group of skyscrapers, with inspiration from the Art Déco in constructions in New York and Miami; a good example is the Edificio López Serrano Building.

During the 1950s and 1960s Vedado was an area of poor taste where gambling was at its peak. In the historic Hotel Nacional there was a huge Las Vegas-style Casino, and other hotels and places in the area were controlled by influential gangsters; but all this changed in 1959 when Fidel Castro entered with his revolutionary army and settled in the Hotel Habana Hilton, renamed Hotel Habana Libre (Free Havana Hotel).

Nowadays in Vedado there are around 175,000 inhabitants, and it also has quiet residential areas, several theaters, restaurants, paladares, bars, and an excellent nightlife. The district is divided into two parts by the Avenida de los Presidentes Avenue and contains many beautiful parks.

Some of the places you must visit are the huge Plaza de la Revolución Square which includes the Memorial to José Martí, the Napoleon Museum, the University of Havana and the Christopher Columbus Cemetery. El Malecón de La Habana (Promenade of Havane) is mostly on the side of the quarter and is also place you must visit.

It is interesting to know that on alternating saturdays, in Calle 4 (between Calzada and Línea) Los Sábados de la Rumba are celebrated with music and dance shows by the National Folkloric Group. These shows are quite educational, as they blend Afro-Cuban rhythms and religious performances, as well as speeches explaining what is happening.

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