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Why Fly to Havana?
Travelling to Havana is, in some ways, like travelling back in time. The city's architecture, its transportation infrastructure and even the cars many Habaneros (the city's residents) drive make you feel as though you have gone back to 1959, the year that the Cuban Revolution began. Yet, Havana is in many ways a modern city, with a diverse, colourful culture that reflects Cuba's native, African, European and Asian roots.
Flying to Havana from the UK
Indirect Flights to Havanna depart from several London airports including London Heathrow, Gatwick, and City Airports, as well as Manchester, Liverpool, and Edinburgh. It is hard to find direct flights; most have at least one stopver and take between 13 and 16 hours, with the return journey often varying in length. Most airlines stop over in a major European city, most frequently in Madrid, Amsterdam, or Paris. It is also possibe to obtain indirect flights from London Heathrow to Varadero and Holguin but these are less frequent and suitable for your travel dates.
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Which Airlines Fly to Havana?
Virgin Atlantic offer a direct flight from London Gatwick to Jose Marti airport, Havanna which takes just over 9 hours. Air Canada, Air France and Iberia all offer indirect flights with one or two stopovers, from London Heathrow, Gatwick and city airports. Iberia and Air France fly from Manchester, and KLM, Cubana de Aviacion and air France from Liverpool via Amsterdam, Madrid, and Charles de Gaulle. Booking on flights with one or more stops can often save you some money on your flight. The stopover wait can range between an hour and a half to 5 or 6 hours, although when the flight has two stopovers they are generally shorter.
Mini Travel Guide to Havana
Havana has more historic buildings and museums than almost any other city in Latin America. The city's historic centre, Habana Vieja, is one of the city's main tourist attractions, with hundreds of restored buildings that are open to the public as well as food stands selling traditional Habanero favorites, live salsa and mambo music, and other glimpses of Cuban culture. Tours of the Partagas Cigar Factory provide insight into one of Cuba's most important industries. Of course, the warm, sunny Caribbean climate attracts many to Havana: those interested in beaches should visit the Malecon, Havana's historic waterfront, or the more relaxed Playa del Este, just outside the city.