This vibrant, colourful and crumbling city is a place like no other. With classic American cars whirling past and a distinct lack of modern technology, visiting Havana is truly like stepping into the past.
The beautifully restored historic centre feels quiet compared to the bustling alleyways only a few steps away. People gather on the streets in the evenings for passionate conversations or to engage in a game of dominoes, while their kids are flicking marbles or playing soccer.
Instantly you can feel how much of an influence music has here, from many houses you can hear the rhythmic sounds of rumba and you will often find buskers drawing large crowds of locals on the streets.
This bustling city may be intimidating at first, but after a few days you are taken in by its many charms and engaging spirit.