Cuba's capital city, Havana is a place of intriguing contrasts and contradictions which will become apparent if you visit on a holiday with The Co-operative Travel.
Old Havana - Habana Vieja - is the city's natural magnet for visitors, a UNESCO world heritage site where a 16th century fortress watches over sprawls of narrow streets and beautiful squares such as the Plaza de la Revolucion, which has been the scene of some of the country's most momentous events.
Havana's main beach stretches along seven miles of coast about a 20-minute drive away, and it's off here that the main diving sites are found. Underneath its surface, this stretch of the Atlantic Ocean yields shipwrecks and an amazing array of nautical fauna. All the equipment you need can be hired, and diving schools run regular courses.
The fauna also makes an impression on dry land, especially in the city's botanical gardens, whose flowers, fountains and waterfalls make this a particularly relaxing location.
While many of Havana's hotels and restaurants offer music and other entertainment, the city's nightclubs and discos throb to the beat of authentic Cuban rhythms which are just designed to get you up and swaying.
Of course, no summary of Havana's attractions would be complete without a mention of its cigar industry. The oldest surviving factory dates from 1845, and has a bar where you can enjoy some of its many products.
Even on a Havana package holiday or all-inclusive holiday, it will be well worth your effort to take time out to explore the sheer variety of this unique capital city. With so much to see and experience, holiday deals and offers from The Co-operative Travel will ensure that you can pack in as much of it as possible.