Book lovers, it’s a great time to be in Havana! And not just because it’s Valentine’s Day today and Havana is the most romantic city in the Caribbean (and much of Latin America!). If you happen to be currently enjoying a sunny Cuba holiday in a casa particular in Havana, then you’ll have the chance to soak up the city’s love for the written word for three more days.
Havana’s annual book fair (Feria del Libro de la Habana) is now in its 28th edition and continues to grow in popularity, having become the island’s most attended cultural event nationwide. Its audience continues to grow year after year, gathering locals and curious tourists alike as an open invitation to delve deep into Cuban and Latin American literature, but also including the participation of other nations beyond the American continent. 2019’s edition has been in fact been dedicated to Algeria who is this year’s official guest of honour and who has brought a delegation of over 30 artists, panellists, editors and writers who will perform in various stages throughout Havana to promote not just Algerian literature but also Algerian music, photography and cinema.
Havana’s International Book Fair 2019 also includes the participation of 44 countries from all corners of the world, which means that the public will have an assorted variety of publications to choose from, and whilst the majority of books will be available for purchase in Spanish only, there are always a selection of books translated into English and other languages, including French and Italian, so a great opportunity for foreigners to have a look around, peruse the titles and purchase
Our casas particulares in Havana give you the best base from which to explore Havana’s annual book fair, whose official headquarters continue to be La Cabaña in El Morro Fortress (in Old Havana’s historic centre), but due to its growing popularity has poured out to other centric venues throughout the city, namely the Pabellon Cuba exhibition hall, Casa del ALBA Cultural, Universidad de La Habana (University of Havana) and Centro Dulce María Loynaz, all in the downtown neighbourhood of Vedado (where we have some pretty awesome casas particulares) and the Biblioteca Nacional Jose Marti (Jose Marti National Library) in the Plaza municipality, facing the iconic Revolution Square.
Havana´s book fair kicked off on 7th February and will end on 17th February before moving on to other cities across the nation with a final stop in Santiago de Cuba. So, if you’re not lucky enough to be staying in a casa particular in Havana this month, there’s always the opportunity to do so later on in March or April, in a casa particular in Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Camaguey or Santiago! We have plenty of casas particulares in all of Cuba’s main cities, perfectly located to put you at the heart of the action, the best sightseeing spots and the most captivating culture.