Paseo Del Prado, Havana
This was the most beautiful tree-lined boulevard in Havana when it was completed in the mid-1800s. Its design was inspired by the avenues that lined Paris or Madrid at the time. The pedestrian walkway is in the middle, with trees lining on both side of the path. A one-way road is built on both sides. Beautiful mansions and dace halls sprung up along the Prado in the later part of the 19th century. In 1929, the bronze lions, marble benches and iron lamp posts were added.
It is certainly a great place for a rest, have a stroll, or even play soccer, for both locals and foreigners, as the trees provides good shade from the sun. The boulevard runs all the way to Malecon, the sea wall that runs along the shore line of Havana in the north.
The Prado is the grand avenue of old Havana, cutting a swathe through the old city from The Capitol to the banks of the Canal de Entrada. It is lined with grand colonial buildings, most of which are sadly falling into disrepair. But it is a key aspect of visiting Havana, - with many of the grander hotels on or within the immediate vicinity of the Prado.
Rumour has it that many of the buildings are 'held' by American companies (hotel chains, restaurants etc) in preparation for improved relations between the two countries, which would then lead to the restoration of the buildings and the grandeur of the avenue.
This street borders Old Havana and is also known as the Prado. It is a beautifully tree-lined one kilometre street that climbs up from the harbour in a south direction. Back in the day this was one of the wealthiest streets in Havana. The daily carriage ride (or paseo) was an important social ritual and bands would play music along the route. There are nice benches built into the sides of the walkway, which runs down the middle of the street. It is a beautiful shaded place and a great spot to sit and rest for a few minutes if your feet are tired of walking.
Very pituresque boulevard in Havana was used for military and carnival parades in the 19 th century. You can find there Lions, symbolizing Havana (1927), elegant streets lights and restored buildings