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The Revolution Square of Havana

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The Revolution Square in the city ofHavana It is one of those places that we must visit despite whether we like Cuba's controversial political history or not. Characters as famous as Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos or the historic José Martí, are represented in various monuments around this gigantic square.


Havana Revolution Square

The Revolution Square

Although in the square we see characters from the fairly recent history of Cuba, the square was not built on orders from Fidel Castro but from his arch-enemy Fulgencio Batista. He ordered it to be built with the aim of building a tower over a hundred meters high in honor of José Martí, one of the main architects of Cuba's independence from the less Spanish empire.

Years later and after changing the name of the square, before it was called Civic Square, Fidel Castro ordered the construction of a famous mural on the walls of the Ministry of Interior in honor of Che Guevara, who died years ago in Bolivia. Subsequently and already entered the 21st century, a new mural was erected in honor of Camilo Cienfuegos, another companion of Fidel and Che during the Cuban revolution.

Our visit to the Plaza de la Revolución de la Habana

Under a scorching sun and unlikely to rain, we headed after a heavy lunch to the Revolution Square. We had several options to get there, one of them was via taxi and the other was using the tourist bus that cost 5 CUCs. The latter was our option because we had planned to see many more things and therefore it would be much more profitable and we would go to the shelter of the air conditioning.


Havana Revolution Square

To be frank, the bus goes around many times, perhaps too many, taking about 30 minutes from downtown to the Revolution Square. Of course, it leaves you in the same square without having to walk more than the account.

Once in the square and under an indulgent sun, we begin to approach the famous relief of the Che Guevara on the wall of Ministry of Interior. We sat on the ground and stared for a while as dozens of classic cars passed by in front of us.


Havana Revolution Square

Without walking too much and already sweating ink jets, we approach the next relief, that of Camilo Cienfuegos at the Metropolitan Bank. This much more recent, I had not seen on my first visit to Havana since this was built in 2009.


Havana Revolution Square

Behind us and at a considerable distance, was the tower in honor of Jose Marti 112 meters high and where they were beginning to install a series of stands to celebrate the anniversary of the revolution.


Havana Revolution Square

The truth is that there was not much else to see and in just 20 minutes we had seen everything we came to see. In addition, the intense heat and the lack of shade made us want to leave that place. But of course, to those who go in a convertible, the sun did not seem to affect them and over time they would pay dearly.


Havana Revolution Square

Practical data

How to get?

There are several ways to reach the Revolution Square. One is the taxi, another the tourist bus and another by public transport. As the place can be seen frankly fast, taking a taxi does not go to accounts and the tourist bus is perhaps the best option since it gives you the opportunity to visit more places for a fairly reduced price of just 5 CUCs.

When to go?

The dry season It covers the months of November until the beginning of May, being the rest of the months most favorable to rains, mainly in the late afternoon. Also during the rainy season there is certain hurricane risk But the chances of you having to live are small.

In the square of the Revolution there is hardly any shadow. This forces us to visit it first thing in the morning or late afternoon if we don't want to melt on the asphalt.

Rent a car in Cuba?

Cuba is opening a lot to international tourism and that is why local companies are starting to emerge where they offer excellent rates. For example, a good way to get around Cuba, far from scams and other moves, is rent a car and go for free. There is a company called Enjoy Cuba that in addition to offering rental cars organizes excursions. A good option if you want to close certain things from the trip from your country.

More information about rental cars

Tours and excursions

If you do not want to wait in line and also, you want to book your visits to Cuba in advance, we recommend you see the following tours:

  • Tour of old Havana and colonial Havana
  • Visit Cayo Blanco
  • Yumurí Valley
  • Viñales Valley
  • Tobacco factories

We recommend the area of ​​Pinar del Río where elvalle de Viñales de Cuba is located. A set of mountains with very peculiar shapes and where there are numerous tobacco plantations.

See tours in Cuba from Havana

Where to change our money in Havana

We have mainly two options. The first is to go directly to a bank and change the money. The other option is to make use of the official exchange houses called CadecasWhere to make a long line is a guaranteed thing. Both have a similar change and the passport is required to make the transaction.

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