After Columbus first landing in October 1492, Spanish colonisation began in earnest during the early 16th century and much of the architecture from that era is still in existence today: indeed the old quarter of Havana and the town of Trinidad are such impressive time capsules of that period that they have both been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, although colonial treasures can also be seen throughout many other Cuban towns and cities. 

Much time and effort has been spent in restoring and conserving buildings ranging from early stone fortresses to glorious Baroque and Neo-Classical structures constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries, together with some surviving Art Deco from the early 20th century. You can appreciate first hand the splendour of this living history by taking the opportunity to stay in one of Old Havanas boutique hotels, many of which are former colonial mansions and palaces