Plaza de San Francisco, Havana

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Dominated by the eponymous 16th-century basilica, Plaza de San Francisco is a popular meeting point near Havana's harbor. Restored in the 1990s, the square is known for its architecture, cobblestone pavement, and a 19th-century white-marble fountain with lion statues, carved by sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini. Sit back and relax at one of the cafes with a refreshing drink, admire the preserved colonial buildings, and watch the cruise ships approaching the Sierra Maestra terminal. By using our Havana holiday planner , you can arrange your visit to Plaza de San Francisco and other attractions in Havana.
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  • It is plaza has become famous for its pigeons and the gentleman of paris also for its restaurants that surround him, and lately because it is the point of departure to the city of tourists coming in cruisers.
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  • It is suitable to go early to avoid the crowd of tourists and Cubans who want to offer you things.
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  • This square is very old and quite beautiful, reminding me of buildings in Europe. The church has been let go and there is no roof on part of it. The building has lasted many years, but I'm not sure ho...  more »
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  • Not what I expected. Ftom outside looks,abandon, but inside nice. Rum cheaper here than at stores
  • Scenic public square in front of the cruise terminal and a fantastic gateway to Old Town Havana. Grab a good coffee in the outdoor cafe for some excellent people watching.
  • Visiting Havana, Cuba was amazing. We had an excellent guide that was very informative and accommodating. We did a walking tour through old Havana, if you like coffee I recommend taking time to stop at a local cafe and having a small cup of Cuban coffee, stir with a stick of sugar cane and add a little cream. We stopped at a local perfumery and of course I had to buy a bottle. **One thing to remember and if you want to give your guide a great tip, bring small toiletries to donate (travel size shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes and even toilet paper). They generally dont have these items and when they do, it isn't the best quality. There isn't a nice sandy beach in Havana, you would need to drive out about 20 minutes to Santa Maria, which is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!
  • Feels like travelling through time to the era of the Spanish Conquitadors and the Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s a shame that all churches are out of use in Havana except for the main cathedral.
  • Nice place to spend afternoon in havana

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