The Malecon in Cuba

Central America - Editor - 22 June 2010

The Malecon in Cuba

In the capital city of Cuba, namely Havana, visitors will find an array of historical buildings and noteworthy sites of interest. But there is one attraction that stands out amongst the rest, lined with monuments and beauty and viewed by some as the most romantic location in Havana, The Malecon. Here couples enjoy picturesque sunsets and visitors explore the magnificence of the promenade that has its own unique place in the history of the city. Visitors will find The Malecon to be a location of intrigue, education and breathtaking views; definitely an attraction worth discovering.

The Malecon stretches along the Havana coastline for approximately eight kilometers, starting at the Havana Harbor, located in Old Havana, and ending in Vedado. At the start of its construction, this promenade ran from Paseo del Prade to Calle Crepso, and this part of The Malecon was constructed in the years 1901 and 1902. The rest of The Malecon was built during the years 1902 to 1921, and from 1948 to 1952. Each part of the seawall and roadway that was erected contributed to The Malecon becoming one of the most well-known sights in Havana.

Some of the features of the promenade are attractions in their own right, with significant monuments and structures being found along the way. Buildings such as the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, or Castle of the Royal Force, are a sight to behold. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, as it is viewed as the most ancient stone fortress to be found in the entire Central America region. Amongst the old structures is the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which was built in the year 1930, and that is still in use today. Other sights to visit include the Antonio Maceo Monument, the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta, the General Calixto Garcia Monument and the Torreon de San Lazaro. Trendy restaurants with local flavors can also be found along the way, offering quiet refreshments while enjoying the breathtaking wonder of the ferocious ocean. Even though locals do take on the waters along The Malecon, visitors are advised not to do the same, as strong currents and its rocky ocean floor can be extremely dangerous. For an evening stroll, sitting quietly to watch passersby or to bask in the warmth of the Cuban sun, The Malecon is the ideal place to be.

 



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