Havanna,(Greater Antilles) / Cuba
Havana (full Spanish name: San Cristóbal de La Habana) is the capital of Cuba and with over two million inhabitants, the largest city in the Caribbean. In 1515 Havana was founded by conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar near the present town Batabanó. In 1519 the city already was moved to its present location. Thanks to its ideal location it soon developed into an important commercial and military port. In the 16th century the city suffered greatly from attacks by pirates, it was looted and burned. In 1607 Havana became the capital of the Spanish colony Cuba. After a period of British occupation it first went back to Spain.In 1898 Cuba finally became independent. In 1982 Havana was declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage. The city is now the most important industrial center in Cuba.
Of particular interest is the old town of Havana with its baroque and neoclassical buildings. Since 1982, this former colonial settlement is gradually restored.
The cathedral built in coral stone in 1703 should by no means be missed out on a stroll, likewise no less the Castillo de la Real Fuerza (the former seat of the Spanish governors) and the port fortress La Cabaña.
As souvenirs the famous Havana cigars are ideal,of course. The tobacco for them comes from the greatest and best growing areas in the west of the island. Visit in this context, one of the cigar factories!