Havana is the capital of Cuba. You can find in it really interesting and varied places, enough for the most different likes: heritage, culture, nature and beaches. A bike tour is a perfect way to start off your trip and discover Havana´s highlights and beauty in hidden spots and alleys. And you will do it alone or with your family and friends.

Find now some of the most popular places you will meet in Havana.

Modern Havana: It includes the non-colonial side of the city, built up from the XVIII century. Vedado and Miramar are two of the best-known spots in the modern side of Havana, the reason why some of their streets were part of the itinerary of the hop on- hop off bus system for tourists.

In Vedado and Miramar streets are cleaner and wider, there are plenty of plants and trees, but also a lot of parks, monuments and culture and historic places. Some of the most visited are:

  • El Bosque (The Havana Forest)
  • The Cemetery of Columbus
  • The Revolution Square
  • The John Lennon´s Park
  • The Casa de la Amistad
  • The Hamel´s Alley
  • The National Hotel

Old Havana: It is the most touristic part of the city, mainly because of the colonial architecture. You can find there not only colonial houses, but fortresses and chattels that protected the city from the attacks of pirates and corsairs and still guard the entrance of the ships.

  • Plaza Vieja
  • Plaza San Francisco de Asís
  • Plaza de Armas – Ambos Mundos Hotel
  • Capitol of Havana
  • Paseo del Prado
  • San Carlos de La Cabaña Castle
  • San José craft Market and Floating quay

See the Havana Cycling Classic tour, the Havana Bike Sunset tour, the Zentrum tour and the Havana Bay tour.

The sea: Havana is bordered to the north by the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is the wall of the Malecon that contains the entrance of the sea to the city, although during cyclones and cold fronts nothing stops the force of nature and the waters invade the lower part of the north coast of the capital.

The Malecon is a long wall that surrounds a part of the Havana coastline and guards a wide seafront avenue. This famous 8 km long avenue is the place where the Havana carnivals take place.

To the east of the city, also on the north coast, are the eastern beaches. They are considered the best in the region, taking into account the fine sand and the warm and transparent waters. Among the best-known beaches in this area are Mar Azul, Santa María, Boca Ciega and Guanabo.

See the Havana Bike Sunset tour, the Havana Bay tour and the Countryside and beach tour.

Starting in 2013, Rutabikes is the 1st entrepreneurship operating regular cycling tours and bike rentals in Cuba, expanding later to tailor-made trips, excursions and bike maintenance. For them, guiding is not “just follow me”. Their guides really know how to lead a tour, and capture your attention with stories, anecdotes and the right dose of historical facts.

Each tour is authentic and unique. They require weeks of study and cycling the route. There’s a need to “stand in your shoes”, understand your needs and combine this with our own tastes. Designing a tour is challenging, and they love to do it! The result is fantastic: Interesting outdoor activities to show Havana city and Cuba in a unique way.

Bike tours in Havana.
Rutabikes in Old Havana. Top experiences in Cuba.

It’s just cool! Cycling is a simple and original experience. You move to the perfect speed: Slower than by car, faster than walking.

Havana Bike Classic Tour

Havana Bike Classic is a family-friendly tour, ideal to initiate your holidays in Cuba. It will allow the visitors to get an overview of Havana city and an essential orientation in only half a day. It goes through the modern districts and finishes in the old town.

Rutabikes.
Rutabikes in Centro Habana.

Towards the end of the Classic City tour, the sun gets strong. It is recommended to bring light clothing, long sleeves, use sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat (instead of a helmet, if you prefer it). There will be a few short hills. Try them. Too hard? Don’t worry, you can walk. The guide will wait. At the Plaza Vieja square, in the historical center, you will have 20 minutes for a drink (not included in the price of the tour).

Large bags can be stored in the bike shop during the tour.

Itinerary Havana’s highlights:
  • Vedado
  • El Bosque
  • Cementery of Columbus
  • Revolution Square
  • Plaza Vieja
  • Plaza San Francisco de Asís
  • Colonial Castles
  • Malecón
Other details of the excursion:
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Duration: 4 hours average
  • Capacity: Up to 12 persons
  • Price: $30 per person
Havana Bike Sunset Tour

Havana Bike Sunset Tour is ideal if you want to do some fun outdoor activity, glimpse into Habaneros’ daily life and, at the same time, avoid the midday heat in the captivating city. During the tour, you will learn about national and local culture, popular stories and personalities of the time and will enjoy street art.

There will be stops at places with interesting old stories, such as the Casa de la Amistad, a beautiful mansion that witnessed a passionate and tragic relationship. Back in the time, the story headed the newspapers. Today, concerts and cultural events take place there. John Lennon´s Park is also on the way. You will be amazed, not particularly with the statue of the “dreamer”, but with the contradictory story behind the piece of art. San Isidro is a neighbourhood in Old Havana setting trends about street art. We will admire some of its colourful graffiti. Meanwhile, you will hear about the lights and shadows of the neighbourhood: from famous popular musicians formed in its humble streets, to dark stories of a character named Alberto Yarini.

Bike tours in Havana.
Rutabikes in Centro Habana.

Besides that, the Havana Bike Sunset tour visits a big Crafts Fair, the Capitol of Havana, a floating quay by the bay, and finally la Casa de los Cocos, where we take a pause to drink fresh coconut water. Cycling Havana at twilight is a different perspective. Thanks to the bike, you will be an active spectator during rush hour. Don’t forget to take pictures during the pauses, especially at Malecon. At this hour, the light will be perfect.

Itinerary:
  • Rutabikes
  • John Lennon’s Park
  • Revolution Square
  • San Isidro neighbourhood (graffiti)
  • San Jose craft Market and Floating quay
  • Plaza de Armas – Ambos Mundos Hotel
  • Capitol of Havana
  • Paseo del Prado
  • San Salvador de La Punta Fort
  • Malecon Seawall
Other details of the excursion:
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Duration: 3.5 hours average
  • Capacity: Up to 12 persons.
  • Price: $30 per person
The Zentrum Tour

The Zentrum tour will allow you to scan the daily life of Cubans and learn about/connect with their culture and traditions in the heart and soul of Havana: Centro Havana.

Centro Habana is synonymous with life, culture, traditions, music and religion. Along with Vedado and Old Havana municipalities, it forms the traditional City Center. It is multi-ethnic, highly populated, multicultural and very present in Cuban history. Religion, traditions and folk customs are part of the essence of natives’ daily life in this area.

The Zentrum tour cycling starts with Cayo Hueso, one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city. Even today the origin of the name is not clear. One version of the story relates it to Key West in the United States. Plenty of Cuban cigar makers returned from exile in Tampa and Key West and settled down there. A second version, on the other hand, relates the name to an old cemetery that used to be inside its limits (Hueso means Bone).

Bike tours in Havana.
Rutabikes in Revolution Square

Havana’s Chinatown will be also on this route, with its main alley, full of restaurants decorated with oriental and national ornaments. In the past, this was the largest settlement of Chinese immigrants in Latin America. In contrast to that, very few descendants live there today. Next, you will visit Central Park, which is probably the most well-known park in the city. It is surrounded by several architectural icons of Havana City, such as the Capitol of Havana, recently renovated, the old and beautiful Great Theater of Havana, the National Museum of Fine Arts; the brand-new Hotel Manzana Kempinski and the first hotel of Havana, Hotel Inglaterra.

Opportunities to interact with locals will not be lacking. With this in mind, the Zentrum tour stops at places like an “Agro-market”, a puncture repair shop, and a cooperative of various small businesses. Understanding the Cuban domestic economy is a whole topic! How hard is it to start a business in Cuba? Reusing, repairing and reinventing. The Cuba creativity, true or myth? Before leaving this busy area, we will have a juice or a coffee, included in the price of the tour. Last but not least, we stop at the colourful Hamel’s Alley. In barely 200 meters long, art, tradition, religion, music and dance are mixed. The short walk, bike in hand, will reveal sculptures, installations, graffiti and evocative murals. We will hear of Afro-Cuban religious deities.

Itinerary:
  • Rutabikes
  • Trillo Park and Cayo Hueso neighbourhood
  • Chinatown
  • The Capitol and the Central Park
  • The business area on Neptuno Street (Private cooperative)
  • Paseo del Prado
  • Malecón
  • Espada Cemetery
  • Hamel´s Alley
Other details of the excursion:
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Duration: 4 hours average
  • Capacity: Up to 12 persons.
  • Price: $30 per person
The Havana Bay Tour

The Havana Bay Tour takes customers away from the bustle of Havana, to discover the small authentic towns around the Bay of the city. This is the most challenging of the Rutabikes bike city tours, with over 40 km and the presence of hills. Therefore, it is meant to be for people who are used to cycling regularly.

Bike tours in Havana.
Rutabikes in the Havana Bay.

This leisurely ride will take you from Vedado to the Bay of Havana, to board a ferry to cross the bay. The small seafaring settlement of Casablanca will be the first destination, with its quiet local atmosphere. A steep hill awaits visitors to get to the iconic statue of the Christ of Havana. Up there, a beautiful view of the skyline of Havana and the bay emerges. After that, you will visit the Fortresses El Morro and San Carlos de La Cabaña, the biggest military fortress built by the Spanish crown in America.

The route also includes the village of Guanabacoa, which used to be an Indian reservation back in the time and it is Today a National Monument, and the cradle of Santeria religion; a second viewpoint at the hill, Colina Lenin, from where you’ll have the most illustrative view of Havana and its dimension; the Catholic Church Nuestra Señora de la Virgen de Regla, “the Black Madonna”, a saint who protects the bay, the dock, and the bayside villages.

Itineray:
  • Vedado
  • Habana Vieja
  • Ferry Casa Blanca
  • Havana’s Christ
  • San Carlos de La Cabaña Castle
  • Casa Blanca
  • Guanabacoa
  • Regla
  • Ferry Habana Vieja
  • Vedado
Other details of the excursion:
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Duration: 4 hours average
  • Capacity: Up to 12 persons.
  • Price: $40 per person
The Countryside and beach bike tour

The Countryside and beach bike tour is a stimulating bike excursion for the complete day. With its 75 km, it combines fun, fitness, and especially adventure. Havana’s beaches are very popular among locals, being the most visited attraction during the summer holidays. The tour destination is Guanabo, the most distant beach in the east of the Havana littoral. Guanabo is a seaside town founded at the beginning of the 19th century. Its beaches are very attractive for tourists and locals.

Once in Guanabo, you will relax after the trip, leave the bike, drink cocktails, and have lunch. The guide will take care of the bikes and belongings and you can do nothing else than enjoy your time at this tropical beach. We recommend you to save energy for the return, at 4 pm, after spending quality time at the beach.

Bike tours in Havana.
Rutabikes tour by Malecon.

The return to the city is usually easier and peaceful. The wind is normally at the back, and it is possible to watch the sunset while travelling. A different path through minor roads will be taken, avoiding so the intense traffic. There will still be more curious coastal towns on the way: Alamar, a labyrinthine neighbourhood with soviet- style buildings housing and Cojimar, a fishermen village, an inspiration place to the writer Ernest Hemingway for his novel “The old man and the sea”. The excursion ends, first with an astonishing city view at the Fortress El Morro, and second with another ferry travel to cross Havana Bay.

Itineray:
  • Old Havana
  • Ferry Regla
  • Guanabacoa
  • Santa Fe
  • Las Minas
  • Los Arabos Campo Florido
  • Guanabo (beach and lunch)
  • Alamar
  • Cojímar
  • Casa Blanca Ferry
Other details of the excursion:
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Duration: Complete day
  • Distance: 75 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Capacity: Up to 12 persons, 2 people as a minimum.
  • Price: $80
The Tungasuk Farm bike tour

The Tungasuk Farm bike tour takes a path to the west of Havana along the sea, crossing towns such as Jaimanitas, Santa Fé, and Baracoa, until Tungasuk, an organic farm in the pursuit of a more sustainable way of living.  It will be a culinary journey, where the bike is simply the way. You will undoubtedly learn about sustainable agriculture and you will also taste the results: A delicious menu prepared with an authentic touch.

During the tour, you will get to know semi-rural communities that are barely in contact with travellers. Tungasuk farm is located in the municipality of Caimito and it is on top of a small hill, near an artificial lake, and about 800 meters away from the highway.

Bike tours in Havana.
Rutabikes tour by Malecon.

On the farm, visitors are awaited with water, coffee, and fresh juices made of collected fruits. The shade on the farm is abundant, so there will be where to rest after the trip. Later, the hosts gladly give a tour of the farm. Meanwhile, you will be able to listen to their incredible story. What brought them from Paris to this country? Why invest their lives and saves in the Farm Tungasuk? Also, how they apply their background traditions, together with the local knowledge, in order to improve the results of the products they grow. Swimming in the lake is also possible, as an extra activity for those who prefer it.

Finally, you will have a delicious lunch. Alfredo and Anabel, among many things, are excellent cooks. You will not taste something similar at all in Cuba. The combination of recipes from their countries with national ingredients results in an explosion of unique flavours. Anabel’s certification as Chef from the prestigious French institute Ferrandi could also explain this. Tungasuk farm is definitely an excellent example of tenacity and passion that you will not forget.

Other details of the excursion:
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Duration: Complete day
  • Distance: 75 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Capacity: Up to 12 persons, 2 people as a minimum.
  • Price: $50
Each tour includes:
  • Experienced local guide
  •  Essential information about culture, society, and history, plus orientation tips and tricks for the rest of your stay.
  • Water will be provided, and the customer may choose to purchase additional drinks if you like.

During the tours, the sun might be strong. It is highly recommended to use a high protection sunscreen, sunglasses, light clothing (and long sleeves if possible) and a hat (in case you don’t use a helmet). They do not recommend using flip flops.

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