National Capitol Building. Buy plane tickets to Havana
Cathedral Square. Buy plane tickets to Havana
Sand Beaches of Havana. Buy plane tickets to Havana
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Street Musician. Buy plane tickets to Havana
National Capitol Building
Cathedral Square
Sand Beaches of Havana
Old Havana
Street Musician

Havana is the capital of the Republic of Cuba, its main economic, political and cultural centre and the most populated city in the country (about 2.1 million people). Thanks to the excellent climate, you can relax here at any time of the year - the average water and air temperature is about +24 °C.

Havana was founded by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Over its long history, the city has experienced many ups and downs, giving it a unique look that it has kept to the present day. Havana is one of the most picturesque cities in the world and one of those rare places where time seems to have stopped, where the spirit of the Spanish conquistadors still lives and the masterpieces of the colonial era are preserved.

Aeroflot operates direct flights to Havana. They takeabout 12 hoursand landat José Martí International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí), named after the Cuban poet and patriot, which is 15 kilometres southwest of Havana. Please note that the best fares tend to sell out quickly, so we recommend booking in advance.

General flight information Moscow  → Havana

Distance between cities

9 588 km

Time difference in winter

-8 h

Time difference in summer

-7 h

Average direct flight time

12 h 25 min

What to see

One of the oldest squares in Havana is Parade Square (Plaza de Armas).

Not far from it is the oldest fortress of the city – the Castle of the Royal Force(Castillo de la Real Fuerza). Also nearby is thePalace of Captains and Generals (Palacio de los Capitanes Generales), the former residence of the rulers of Cuba. Part of the pavement in front of the palace is paved with wood, so that the clatter of hooves and wheels of the passing carriages would not disturb the governor during his siesta (afternoon rest or nap).

Now the building houses the Museum of Havana (Museo de la Ciudad de la Habana), with a rich collection of antique interior items, uniforms and medals of the Spanish military. You can also find a market of antique books on the square. Although the siesta has not been observed in Cuba for a long time, the wooden paving is regularly renewed. 

The most important square in Havana isCathedral Square (Plaza de la Catedral). It is adorned with The Cathedral of St. Christopher (Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana)- a symbol of Old Havana. The cathedral is named after Christopher Columbus, whose remains were kept here for almost a hundred years (from 1796 to 1898), until they were transported to Seville.

In houses that belonged to the Spanish aristocracy of the 17th and 18th centuries, close to the cathedral, can be found the expositions of the Museum of Colonial Art (Museo de Arte Colonial)and theArchaeological Museum (Museo de Arqueología).

If you are a lover of art and history, be sure to check out theNational Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana). Here you will find magnificent old engravings with views of Havana and a collection of paintings of the Conquest period. In the second building of the museum you can see a collection of paintings done by foreign artists (including Rembrandt), as well as a collection of Ancient World exhibits (Greece, Egypt and Rome).

To feel the spirit of Havana, take a walk around Malecón (Avenida de Maceo). This is the city’s main, 7-kilometre promenade, the concentrate of Cuba - with its songs and dances, hot machos and mulattoes, fishermen and cigar vendors. Evening is the best time to come here, when the Malecón fills up with the smells of food and the sounds of music.

It is worth dining here, too, in one of the many restaurants and cafes, which offer dishes for every taste: from exquisite European cuisine to simple local dishes like rice with beans. Portions are often large, so don’t feel embarrassed to take your leftovers with you; it’s common here.

The Cubans love fried food in breading, but you can easily shed those kilos walking around the city, which you’ll love doing anyway..