Between the 1920s and 1950s, Havana’s powerful Cuban bourgeoisie left the historic center of the city and settled in Vedado and other neighborhoods outside the walls of the old city. In their new neighborhoods, they created magnificent mansions and clubs in which they spent their free time and celebrated sumptuous celebrations and dances. The history of wealthy Havana families, such as the Gómez-Mena or the González de Mendoza, is closely linked to this neighborhood.
In the Elegant Havana Tour, you will visit mansions built by Juan Pedro Baró and Catalina Lasa del Real (currently House of Friendship), by Maria Luisa Gómez-Mena (widow of Cagiga), and by Countess of Revilla de Camargo (currently the National Museum of Decorative Arts), among others. You will also visit such emblematic buildings as La Rampa, the FOXA building and the US Embassy in Cuba. Cuba’s history, reflected in the colonial architecture and urbanism of its bourgeoisie together with the changes brought by the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959, are summarized in this neighborhood, one of the best known in Havana.