Robaina's plantation

Thursday 11 August 2016

The Malecon (Havana) 2013-2016

                   In my opinion, A walk along Havana's Malecon is a must if you visit the city. The roadway and promenade extend from Old Havana up to the tunnel that takes you to Miramar, that's 8 kilometers. They built a seawall approximately 20' tall above the water with the esplanade between the roadway and the ocean. On windy days when the ocean hits the wall, waves come splashing over the barrier and sometimes onto the road. On these occasions, often, parts of the Malecon are shut down due to flooding and the obvious danger. I love walking along this promenade, my favourite part being between Prado and the Hotel Nacional. Over the last 3-4 years a lot of construction has been going on along the Malecon; repairs on the road, restoration work on many structures and the opening of hotels and restaurants to name a few of the activities. At night the Malecon takes on a completely different life when tourists and locals (mostly locals) take to the promenade, in droves on a good night....lovers, musicians, families, friends, all colours, all ages, straight and gay. It's definitely a great place to see Habaneros, lots of photo opportunities.

Stages of Completion:
In 1901 and 1902, from the Paseo del Prado to Calle Crespo
Between 1902 and 1921 as far as the Monument to the Victims of the USS Maine
Between 1948 and 1952 to the mouth of the Almendares River

Below are a couple of video clips I took while driving along the Malecon.

General Máximo Gomez

Antonio Maceo

Castillo San Salvador de la Punta

Calixto García

American Embassy 

Jose Fuster's children's playground

Hotel Terral

Hotel Deauville

One of my favourite restaurants 'Castropol'

The Lada comes to the rescue 

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