The Vedado area of Havana is the most modern of all the quarters. Marked by high rises and a four lane highway, it's not the most picturesque area of Havana. That said, Vedado is the commercial hub of Havana and contains the workings of any major city downtown area such as government offices, hotels, and shops.There are several major attractions in Vedado, the most important being the monument to revolutionary hero José Martí. Also of note is the historical quarter that is marked by beautiful old homes. Getting around is best done by taxi, as distances between sights are too far to walk except for the very committed.
Plaza de la Revolucion (Jose Marti Memorial)
National Theatre of Cuba
The Teatro Nacional de Cuba is a less than appealing modern building which contains two separate auditoriums, the Sala Avellaneda and the Sala Covarrubias, with a total seating capacity of approximately 3,300. This venue is used for all types of cultural events including, theatre productions, musical concerts, ballet, lectures, workshops and more. In addition to the auditoriums the Teatro Nacional de Cuba has smaller rooms used primarily for education purposes, as well as an onsite piano lounge and café.Although the building is not that exciting from a visual standpoint, the large number of productions that are held here may be of interest to visitors.
Address: Paseo y Calle 39, Cuba
University of Havana
Necropolis Colon (Cementerio Colon)
Museum of Decorative Arts
Havana's Museo De Artes Decorativas has a home befitting its extensive collection of decorative items. The building is the sumptuous former residence of Countess de Revilla de Camargo. Built in 1927, the home is done in the neo-Classical style inside and out.Highlights of the collection include fine cabinet work of 18th Century French and English furniture along with porcelain items from the Far East, including items of Baccarat, Venetian, and Catalonian crystal. A famous rug from 1772 woven by Franchis Carolus is the highlight of the exhibits, as are two paintings from Hubert Robert, The Swing and Waterfall at Tivoli.
Address: Calle 17 No 502, Cuba
Casa de las Americas
For art lovers touring Havana, the Casa de las Americas is a must see attraction. This institution is home to an extensive collection of Latin American paintings and graphic art from the 1960s to present day. The Casa de las Americas is housed in an Art Deco building built shortly after the Cuban Revolution. It was founded by Haydee Santamaria, one of the heroines of the armed struggle.The Casa de las Americas is located just down the way from some of Havana's modern center and some of its tallest buildings.
Address: Calle 3ra. y G, Vedado, Cuba
More on PlanetWare