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Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
+53 5 4985750
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Home of the gallant chicken lady bronze statue . A delightful square with live music, families and... read more

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We were on a cruise with a 2 day Havana stop. Old Havana was like a step back in time. As soon as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square), built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government nerve center. Later called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub, Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas -- all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) built an underground parking lot here. Today the square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Home of the gallant chicken lady bronze statue . A delightful square with live music, families and children gathering to eat, play and enjoy the amazing weather . Spasio , our favorite spa owned by Carlos that offers 35$ CUC massages with every therapist there...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were on a cruise with a 2 day Havana stop. Old Havana was like a step back in time. As soon as you left the terminal, everything was old world and untouched. The old buildings, cobblestone roads and vintage cars. It was very easy...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a nice spot to walk through and eat outside. Colorful and safe, though very touristy. Tourists sometimes bring school supplies and baseballs to drop off at the school in the plaza.

Thank Vamos5_Trip
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Plaza Vieja is a beautiful old square, in one of the oldest parts of Old Havana. There are lots of cafes, bars, and restaurants nearby. It's a great location for exploring the old city, too.

Thank Georgemia
Reviewed 4 days ago

This beautiful plaza is a great place to take a break from touring Old Havana. There are a lot of cafes on the square where you can kick back in the shade, sip a few mojitos or beers and watch people. A tip: avoid this...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved the Old Square. It was very beautiful and very busy. There are a lot of little cafes with good food and beer to enjoy. Everyone was super nice and we went back more than once.

Thank razz19
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This square, recently renovated, offers everything you need in Havana: shadow, live music, cocktails, food, interaction with local crowd, good coffee. Enjoy!

Thank d33a
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have seen the changes from before the renovations began to the present beauty. Lots of nice places to eat, art galleries and the best coffee spot in town (El Escorial). There is an elementary school right in the Plaza and it is fun to...More

Thank Pamela M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of tourist shops cafes restaurants bars pubs line this area. There is lively entertainment on the streets and of course the cathedral and tower. Well worth visiting.

Thank Andrew F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our favourite spot in the Old centre. It has lots of beautiful buildings, plenty of places to get a refreshment, music and generally is full of life. There is always something happening in the square. There is a school occupies one of the more stunning...More

Thank flan_1969
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Hi all, We are going to take a Cruz from Miami to the Cuba so what should we do in Havana 2 days? would any recommendation see some good place in Havana? Probably we have the full day or 2 days overnight in Havana? l haven't been there yet but we are going there in this July .Thanks for you help
10 May 2017|
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Response from rzofcal | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We also did a two day through NCL. We arrived in the morning. Tip regarding that. When they announce to you where to get your "number" for debarkation, be sure to get in that line about 15 minutes before they hand them... More
We have twelve hours to see as much of Havana as possible. What are the highlights? And one person has a mobility scooter, will it fit in classic convertible trunk? Where is the best place to convert currency and how much should you convert? Is there a lot of crime I. The streets?
2 May 2017|
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Response from Drkopman | Reviewed this property |
I assume, since you only have 12 hours, that you are visiting for the day as part of a cruise. I would recommend that you hire a local car/driver/guide. I used Nosotros Cubameamos and really liked them. My guide was... More
Steve G
how far is it from the cruise port and can i get a taxi from the cruise port to the Old Square
19 April 2017|
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Response from Dustin C | Reviewed this property |
You can get a taxi if you like easily probably for about 5 CUC if you negotiate. It isn't that far though and the walk lets you get a better sense of Havana. I was there in March and the founding location of Havana was under... More