Time stands still in this uncanny city where glamour mingles with delicate colonial-era architecture on a backdrop of dreamy colored buildings, open air bazaars, charming walkaways bordering the ocean and parties lasting till the wee hours.

What to do

One good place to shop at Galería Comercial Comodoro, which houses Mango, Adidas, Converse, Benetton, and Clarks stores.

Discover outstanding displays of Cuban art at the National museum of beautiful arts.

Get a glimpse of Cuba’s best salsa dance party at Casa De La Musica.

Discover the Bacardi Building an exceptional art-deco landmark that was first built for the Bacardi rum company and which was once the largest building in Cuba.