Tour 3 – Modern Havana
The third tour moves to the modern part of the city. Starting from the New Vedado, where you can see the huge Christopher Columbus Cemetery (in Spanish “CEMENTERIO CORISTOBAL COLON“), considered one of the largest in the world in architectural and monumental terms.
Then you get to the HAVANA FOREST, a wonderful green island in the middle of the metropolis, what remains from primitive Cuba, full of trees, climbing plants, colorful flowers, with a small river that flows through it. A mysterious place where in the night it is easy to meet Santeria believers to perform religious rites.
Continuing the tour we arrive in MIRAMAR, a residential area in the westernmost part of the city. Home to many diplomatic embassies and consulates, it was a high-bourgeois district before the revolution, as demonstrated by the presence of numerous prestigious villas and houses, although many of which are now in a very bad state or even abandoned. The main street is “Quinta Avenida”. The neighborhood is home to some of the most modern and luxurious hotels in the city as well as the most beautiful private houses that are rented to tourists (the famous “Case Particular”).
To the northwest of the capital is what is certainly a must-see: the Jaimanitas district, which is actually better known as FUSTERLANDIA, taking its name from the artist who made it a fascinating and picturesque attraction. Deeply inspired by Gaudi and Brancusi, José Rodriguez Fuster, in the space of 30 years, has literally transformed this suburb, in which today we can admire more than 80 buildings colored by the artist’s works, who transformed a neighborhood into his personal studio.
The last stop on the tour is MARINA HEMINGWAY, the tourist port of the capital. The area is very modern and clean, fascinating if you think of the contrast with the most historic areas of the city.