Accommodation in private houses: discover the Cuba of Hemingway (I)
Accommodation in private homes in Cuba te permite allows you to set itineraries to your liking. An adventurous option, a mixture of culture and leisure, consists of following in the footsteps of the writer Ernest Hemingway during his Cuban stays.
The American Nobel visited the island repeatedly and settled in 1939. The evidence of the writer’s stay, despite the years, continue to be recognizable,as his favorite places became sanctuaries for lovers of his work and myth created around his person.
Hemingway left his mark on Cuba, and Cuba left its mark on Hemingway. Do you want to discover what made him fall in love with the island, and the legacy he left us?
Finca Vigía: Cuban refuge of Hemingway
Finca Vigía was the writer’s residence in Cuba. Hemingway bought it in 1940 for $ 12500 for himself and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Located in the town of San Francisco de Paula, a few kilometers from the capital, you can resort to accommodation in private homes in Cuba in the area, or in Havana, it is just a few km and can be reached after a short taxi ride .
In Finca Vigía he made his family life, received visits, celebrated with friends, and wrote some of his most famous works: “For whom the bell tolls” and “The old man and the sea”. Pulitzer Prize of 1953.
Finca Vigía, is a sample of Spanish colonial architecture, and currently houses the museum dedicated to the writer. The farm has a 15-hectare plot where Hemingway raised his pets (cats, various birds and even peacocks). In the garden you can also admire the “Pilar”, the writer’s boat, very fond of fishing.
After the death of Hemingway, the Cuban government expropriated the house and after having been declared by the US government a historic building to be preserved, the house was restored and opened to the public in 2007. The interior is not accessible, but from the windows can be see books (his collection was around 5000 volumes), works of art, hunting trophies or his typewriter.
From the terrace you can enjoy a magnificent view of the sea and of Old Havana that captivated Hemingway.
Fishing village of Cojimar
Cojimar is close to the farm and, if you plan to visit it, you can look for accommodation options in private homes in Cuba, both in Havana, and in Cojimar itself. In the port of Cojimar the writer was moored, and in the restaurant La Terraza, still open, he spent his days drinking and fishing with the locals.
The place is next to the fishing port where the protagonist of “El viejo y el mar”, the novel where he embodied the vital philosophy of Cuban sailors, starts his journey. A local inhabitant and friend of the writer, the fisherman Anselmo Hernández, was the model on whom he based himself to describe Santiago, the protagonist. For the character of the young Manolo, he was inspired by the son of the owner of La Terraza.
After lunch, you can walk along the coast to a small fortress of the seventeenth century, where the mooring used by the writer to anchor his boat, the Pilar. Opposite the fortress there is a square dedicated to the author with his u bronze bust. It is said that, after the death of Hemingway, his fisherman friend, unmeasured, collected used tools to obtain casting material for the bust.
If you want to discover the related to Hemingway in Havana, they will be discussed in the next post.