El Malecón

  • The restored seafront walkway and automobile road along the north coastline of Cuba’s capital is one of Havana’s most cherished attractions. Many iconic paintings and photographs depict this coastal thoroughfare, which remains a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike. 
  • El Malecón's atmosphere is most potent at sunset when the weak yellow light from creamy Vedado filters like a dim torch onto the buildings of Centro Habana, lending their dilapidated facades a distinctly ethereal quality. 
  • El Malecón of Havana was laid out in the first decade of the 1900s by American authorities, who gained control of Cuba after the 1898 Spanish-American War. The tree-lined boulevard linked old Havana with the neighborhood of Vedado. 
  • By the 1920s the road had reached the outer limits of burgeoning Vedado, and by the early 1950s, it had metamorphosed into a busy six-lane highway that carried streams of wave-dodging Buicks and Chevrolets from the gray hulk of the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta to the borders of Miramar.
  • Sunset is a particularly good time for a walk along El Malecón of HavanaThe sight of the sun kissing the Havana Bay and the surrounding buildings is not to be missed: an ideal time and place for photographs on a Cuba vacation.

 

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