The Vedado is, nowadays, the center of the Havana. The avenue known as The Ramp, is his principal artery. In her we can find hotels like the Free Habana or the National Hotel, restaurants, shops and enclosedly airlines.
This route has a length of 4 kilometres approximately.
1. Hotel Nacional
To right hand of the Ramp we can find the National Hotel. This one was constructed in 1930 on the Battery of Santa Clara. In the garden still we can see his cannons. This hotel is declared National Monument.
In they have lodged big celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Jhonny Weismuller, Ava Gardner, Robert Redford or Robert de Niro between others.
Also the big directors like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola or Oliver Stone. Also scientists lodged at his big rooms as Alexander Flemming, discoverer of the penicillin.
2. The Ice-cream parlour Coppelia
If we continue raising the Ramp, we will come to a garden placed to the right. In the corner with L one finds the Ice-cream parlour Coppelia. Recognizable for the long lines that exist at any hour of the day.
In her, they can be savoured up to 27 flavors of different ice creams.
Here the movie rolled Strawberry and Chocolate. The experience is worth it, but if you want to live through it more intensely and not as a tourist, I advise you to change some CUC into national currency into any of his cadecas and to live through this experience in the zone destined for the Cuban.
3. Habana Libre
It is one of the hotels most known together with the National Hotel. Constructed in the epoch of Batiste, it was inaugurated in March, 1958, it was called Havana Hilton.
In his beginnings it was happening for being the highest and big hotel of the whole Latin America, and was telling in his list with numerous North American mafiosoes that they were dealing with the casinos, cabarets, as well as with the matters related to the drug, drinks and sex. This was normal in the big hotels of the Havana, which since is known, they were controlled by Al Capone, Meyer Lansky or Santos Traficante between others.
When Fidel did his entry in the Havana in January, 59, with the victory of the Revolution, it lodged here, together with part of his army.
It lodged at the Continental suite, room 2324, turning this one into his position of control for 3 months.
4. The University of Havana
We continue for the street L up to meeting the University of the Havana. In her students’ manifestations took place during the dictatorship of Batiste, which they ended in the Revolution. In his stairs night concerts are in the habit of being celebrated.
5. Revolution Square
In route for Vedado we cannot stop visiting one of the most emblematic squares of the Havana, the Plaza of the Revolution.
In one of the fronts you will be able to see a portrait of the Che Guevara and in other one that of Camilo Cienfuegos, heroes of the Revolution.
He is between one of the biggest squares of the world, in her they can meet near a million persons in dates so indicated as July 26. Here it is where Fidel Castro was giving his endless speeches that lasted hours.
In the center we can see the Monument to Jose Martí, hero of the Cuban Independence. In his interior we can know his life and exploits and rise in elevator to the last plant to be able to see one panoramic of the square.
6. The Cemetery of Colon
The cemetery of Colon is one of the biggest and nice of every Latin américa. Many of his tombs are authentic sculptural works.
Between them we can emphasize the Tomb of the León, the Mausoleum of the Firemen or The Miraculous one.
Theoretically you have to pay for entering, but if you enter without paying, it is possible that nobody says anything to you. Also you have holding a permit visits in those who teach the most interesting tombs to you and tell you his history. Probably the best option if you do not want to get lost in this labyrinth of streets.