1st highlight: visit to the fortress of the kings
Our day begins with a visit to the fortress of the kings ("Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro"), which was built by the Spanish colonial powers in 1589. Thanks to its high walls and huge cannons, it was considered impregnable for years. Looking at the sea, one can still easily imagine how the Spanish admirals defended the city from pirate attacks from here.
2nd highlight: Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Not far from the Fortress of the Kings is the Castillo de la Real Fuerza. This is considered to be the oldest fortress built by Europeans in the Caribbean and all of Central and South America. Behind the impressive drawbridge lies one of the best and most beautiful museums in Havana - the Museo de Navegación (Naval Museum), which tells the story of this fascinating fortification and also of the region's seafaring. It includes a large exhibition with various ship models as well as an extraordinary collection of sunken galleon treasures. From the top of the tower we also have a wonderful view of the city's harbor.
3rd highlight: excursion to the Almendares city park
After a delicious, traditional lunch in one of the harbor restaurants, we visit the huge Almendares city park - a green oasis in the midst of the city. Its unusual trees with lianas and dense undergrowth make the park look like a rainforest - ancient, mystical and very exciting. The first Tarzan film was shot here in 1932, and thanks to its surroundings it captured the essence of the story perfectly. In this beautiful, natural park we have the chance to learn more about the Afro-Cuban culture and its different beliefs. One of the most important religious traditions, which is still deeply rooted in the Cuban people today, is the Santería - an ancient mixture of sensual and trance-like rhythms of African belief.
Overnight in Havana