What are the key facts of Havana?

The heart of the La Habana province, Havana is the countrys main port and leading commercial center. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of 781.58 km 2 (301.77 sq mi) – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region.

Is Havana a city or a province?

The city is administered by a city-provincial council, with a governor as chief administrative officer, thus Havana functions as both a city and a province. The city has little autonomy and is dependent upon the national government, particularly, for much of its budgetary and overall political direction.

Is Havana a New7Wonders city?

In May 2015, Havana was selected as one of the so-called New7Wonders Cities together with Beirut, Doha, Durban, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, and Vigan.

What is Centro Habana in Havana?

The Capitolio Nacional building marks the beginning of Centro Habana, a working-class neighborhood that lies between Vedado and Old Havana. Barrio Chino and the Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás, one of Cubas oldest cigar factories is located in the area.

What is it like to live in Havana?

Havana is a city so full of life. There’s a brightness here, which is partially due to the fact that the city is bathed in magnificent sunshine for most of the time. But the brightness is also due to other factors – the genuine warmth of the locals, and the pulsating music everywhere.

What is Havana famous for?

From colonial times Havana has been noted for its parks and plazas. Habaneros, as its residents are called, gather day and night under the sprawling trees of these many green areas. Through colonial times and almost to the end of the 19th century, the Plaza de Armas in Old Havana was the centre of Cuban life.

Did you know that Havana was once a British territory?

While it is now uniquely Cuban, Havana was of course once a Spanish territory. It’s one of the lesser known facts about Havana, but did you know that the city was once (briefly) a British territory? France, Spain and Britain were some of the main participants in the Seven Years’ War (1754 – 1763), and the British captured Havana in June 1762.

Why is Havana so bright?

But the brightness is also due to other factors – the genuine warmth of the locals, and the pulsating music everywhere. Havana manages to be a bustling (yet entirely manageable) metropolis, as well as being wonderfully laid back.

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