Also known as the Palace of the Galician Centre, the Great Theater of Havana (Gran Teatro de la Habana) is one the iconic cultural symbols of the Cuban capital. Even if you were to never open a guidebook, one stroll down the famous Paseo del Prado to this grandiose Baroque structure is enough to guess at its significance. Unfortunately, all you'll be doing is viewing it from the exterior since renovations to the interior have yet to be completed. Still, a circumnavigation of the nearly 200-year-old building and the surrounding square, especially at night, will be deliciously reminiscent of old-world Spanish architecture and worth some of your leisure time.
When the building is functional, the Garcia Lorca Auditorium serves as the home of the Cuban National Ballet Company, while there are art exhibits and two other performance spaces for concerts and operas. Keep an eye here for an idea of when the building will be re-opened to the public.