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The different Cuban tours in Havana

This may seem like a no-brainer, but there's really no better way to get to know a city than by touring it – Havana is no different. Here, you'll find experienced guides that can help open a window into this city's vibrant past and culture.

Via vintage Cadillac, on foot, by bike or through your stomach, there's no wrong way to do it. Here are some top tours of Cuba's red hot capital city.

Havana on foot

Havana is undeniably one of those cities that needs to be experienced in order to be truly understood.

Setting out on foot is easily the best way to do this – winding down the tangle of streets, talking to locals and soaking up the atmosphere will immediately throw you into the deep end of Havana's culture.

That said, you don't even really need to hire a guide to explore Havana on foot. Many would say getting lost and experiencing the sites for yourself is a great way to find Havana's pulse.

But if the thought of flinging yourself straight into the throng of the city twists your insides, there are a hundred and one guides you can hire to take you around the main sites, inserting knowledgeable insights here and there that'll familiarise you with Havana's long history.

If you're saving your pennies for Cuban rum and cigars – no judgement here – there are even free walking tours you can join. Sites you're likely to hit are the Baroque capitol building and the Plaza de Armas, the oldest square in Havana.

Just make sure you've got your camera at the ready for what is promised to be a flurry of photo opps.

Food and drink of Cuba

If there's one surefire way to get acquainted with a holiday destination, it's through your stomach.

With a food tour of Havana, you'll join an experienced guide that'll lead you through Havana's windy lanes, sampling street food, pausing in markets and sipping mojitos. Regardless of what company you choose, you're bound to chow down on Cuban favourites like churros and tropical fruit, with sides of freshly-ground Cuban coffee.

Cuban food is as varied as it is delicious. Even the humble sandwich gets pumped up to enormous size in the mightily stacked Cubano, which is a ham and cheese monstrosity often four layers high.

More rustic meals lean towards chicken and fish stews, spicy and traditional, while the classic Cuban lunch is the elena ruz, where turkey slices, jam and cream cheese make for a sweet and savoury sandwich combo.

Fans of salted caramel cookies need look no further than a dessert of Torticas de Moron, which are shortbread biscuits covered in syrupy guava, a crackling of sea salt and plenty of cream.

Havana by bike

While Havana might be a hectic city, it's still possible to tour it by bike. You'll sidle up alongside the classic cars whooshing past, coasting along the waterfront or down city streets. Bike tours are a great way to still throw yourself into Havana's energy, but to move at a faster pace than you would on foot.

Joining a bike tour in Havana will get you a bike hire, a helmet and the help of a guide to show you around the sites. Weaving through the city, you'll hit spots like the wonderfully garish Cemetery Cristobal Colon, the famous Plaza de la Revolucion and El Malecon, Havana's scenic coastal highway.

Havana from a classic car

Stepping into Havana, you'll quickly realise that this city has a very close relationship with vintage cars.

These ice cream-coloured vehicles are absolutely everywhere – that's because former leader Fidel Castro put a ban on vehicle imports back in the day, so Cuba's automotive means were essentially frozen in time.

Whether or not you're a classic car enthusiast makes no difference – travelling via vintage wheels is a unique and utterly authentic way to experience Havana. These tours come with a driver, so you can have your face pointed firmly at the window, ensuring you don't miss a morsel of this Caribbean beauty.

Choosing this way to see Havana will also often offer you the chance to customise your tour – if you don't want to see the Havana Cathedral, no problem. Just tell your driver and it'll be onto the next sight.

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