Old Square (Plaza Vieja), Havana

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Travel back to a bygone era by visiting Old Square (Plaza Vieja), designed and laid out in the 1550s. A living piece of Cuba's colonial past, this picturesque square boasts eclectic architecture and once provided enough space for military exercises, bullfights, public executions, religious processions, local festivals, and market stalls. Today, restaurants, cafes, and bars cluster in the area, serving mainly as a popular tourist hub and favorite hangout for locals living nearby. Bring your camera and snap a few memorable shots of Baroque buildings sitting alongside Gaudi-inspired structures erected at the height of the Art Nouveau movement. Arrange your visit to Old Square (Plaza Vieja) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Havana using our Havana route maker .
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  • A very active square, you will find everything in its surroundings, take the best photos and the environment surrounding the place is sensational, highly recommended
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  • Beautiful buildings.... 2 or 3 bands competing with each other, dancing in the open....even the street sweeper got into it. On the corner is the most amazing restaurant with all sorts of goodies hangi...  more »
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  • The square is nicely renovated and includes many restaurants, shops, and vendors. The fountain was off limits but there was plenty going on that you could stop and see, live music and dancing throughout. We stopped and grabbed some home-made ice cream sandwiches, as well as chocolate ice cream in a coconut. It seems as if the square is targeting tourists, many street performers stopped and asked for photos or money, overall a great experience.
  • One of my favorite for her beauty and elegance is Plaza Vieja or Old Square. You can see lovely examples of traditional Cuban architecture from colonial times found within the brilliantly colored glass windows, the beautiful balconies and the brightly colored hued buildings. Nowadays. Plaza Vieja remains a beautiful square filled with traditional Cuban architecture and a few outdoor cafes. It is picturesque area to walk around along the cobblestone streets and sweeping views of Havana's historical past.
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