Malecon is Havana's refreshing beauty. It stretches for several kilometers, embracing Havana Vieja and Central Havana and Vedado. It makes a refreshing stroll, with beautiful views of the sea, and a chance to see locals in their relaxing time. Fishing, strolling, courting or just gazing at the vast sea.
If you keep your camera focused on the road you can make a good collection of old Vintage cars. One out of three vehicles are super shining " ladies”... : ))
It is also interesting when it is rough and wild. Roaring and spitting gigantic waves over the protecting wall, splashing fiercely cars and pedestrians alike. In fact the only pedestrian was I..trying to get a closer shot...lol
Starting at the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, running 8 kms to the west to the tunnel under the river in Vedado the Malecon was started in 1901 to help protect against the waters of the Atlantic, that are thrown up whenever there are north winds. Many of the buildings are in a state of much-needed renovation although parts of it are quite modern, with the Habana Riviera once owned by Meyer Lansky still standing tall. The Malecon has long been used by Habaneros as a promenade and still is, but the young "jiniteros and jiniteras" and the constant hassle, especially for tourists is beginning to ruin it for a lot of people.
This 5 mile long boulevard that runs from the old part of Havana (Habana Vieja) is an ideal place for mixing with the people of Cuba.Construction of the Malecon started in 1901 and its main purpose was to protect Havana from the sea.These days it is a pleasant place to wander by the waters edge watching people fishing,swimming and just relaxing along the sea wall.Also a good place for seeing the old American cars that frequent this area.
This oceanside pedestrian walkway stretches all the way from the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta in La Habana Vieja to the Almendares River that separates Vedado from Miramar. No trip to Havana is complete without at least some time spent strolling and lingering along the Malecón, which is the social center for a wide range of Cubans. Throughout the day, you'll see children swimming and men fishing off the coral outcroppings that border the walkway, and at night, you're sure to see lovers entwined on cozy perches and groups of revelers all along the seawall.
The section fronting Centro Habana is perhaps the most picturesque, with the crumbling facades and faded paint of neoclassical and neo-Moorish buildings and apartments lining the avenue that separates the Malecón from the city. If you've got the legs and time, a walk from the Hotel Nacional to La Habana Vieja (or vice versa) is in order, and should only take you about 20 to 25 minutes
The multi-kilometre long sea wall that goes from Miramar through to Vedado, Centro Habana and Habana Vieja is also a Havana Institution. Everyone hangs out on the Malecon at all times of day or night - it is a place for families, children, youth, couples etc. to hang out, socialize, enjoy the views and the smell of salt-water, have drinks, listen to music.
It is a great place to people-watch and also an interesting place at night to have some drinks and listen to the random music on the street- Luisito el hombre-orquesta (Luis, the one-man band) is fabulous if you get to see him- he drags around a huge wooden cart with home-made instruments made out of thrown out wood/garbage/plastic and plays classic tunes, Cuban tunes, new electronic tunes. He is a brilliant musician, has a beautiful voice and is highly entertaining (especially when he sings english songs and simply mimicks the sounds of the lyrics since he speaks no English).
Beware though: the later at night it gets, the seedier the scene becomes. Police tend to patrol the area and may sit down near you, if you are obviously tourist, to make sure all is right. But don't take lots of money down there, go in a group and don't get drunk - otherwise you are guaranteed to be robbed.
Something that cannot not impress you in Havana is its malecon, it's so long, with the sea at one side and all colonial architecture on the other one.
Swimming here is just dangerous as it's full of rocks and the sea is usually not quiet, but naturally locals do swimm and fish and have a pic nic in here.
All in all one of the place where to have a great view of the city.
This seafront promenade is about 7km long & is lined many attractive buildings. Many of these were in need of repair, but I did see some restoration work going on. Whilst in Havana you must take a stroll along it, meeting the locals as they fish, sunbathe, drink & socialize. This seems to go on both day & night.
As my hotel was on the Malecon, I spent plenty of time here. All the people I met were friendly, most just smiling or saying hello. I was never pestered in any way. My two memories of the Malecon have to be the view at sunset of the colours of the buildings as the sun lit them up, also the sight of the waves crashing over the sea wall.
I’m sure everybody goes at least once to the Malecón while staying in Havana… it’s the street that goes along the shore, there might be cool things to see or not… but just walking along its sidewalk is worth everything… the breeze you get from the sea, the birds, the waves smashing the walls… everything, it’s a very relaxing area.
If you are in Old Havana, get to the canal … see the Castillo del Morro, the Crsito de Casablanca… there are plenty of things to see while you walk around.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Havana. My favorite is to walk on the Malecon, Havana's extremely ocean promenade, and just buy a bottle of rum and sit down and talking to all the people that pass by.
The Malecon is a 7-kilometre sea wall in Havana Bay that runs along one of the main arteries of the city. It is an absolute must-see because it is so important to and ingrained in the pysche of Havana's residents. It's often called the "soul" of Havana.
The Malecon is exactly how fiction and non-fiction books describe it. Lovers sit cuddling together, locals play and fish, husslers hussle saying "Hey man, where do you come from?" , teenage jineteras cat-call and make dreamy eyes at tourist men (whether the guy's with his girlfriend or not!). One nasty girl in cutoff jeans spread her legs wide as I walked by. Yikes!
We sat down for a few minutes and enjoyed the incredible view of the bay. It's a strange, fantastic place. How can somewhere seem so dangerous and peaceful at the same time?
During the winter the sea breaks against the wall can crash water up over the wall onto the sidewalk.
The building of the Malecon was started in 1901 and parts were gradually added until 1923.
Locals use the Malecon a place for a quick swim, somewhere to fish, somewhere to party, and some still bring offers to the ancient gods. Kids play on the rocks between the wall and the ocean. Lovers use it as a romantic meeting place to sit, look out across the blue, watch the ships and the sunset, and relax.
The Malecon is the seafront of Havana, and as my hotel was just off of it I waled along this promenade virtually every day. It was great fun seeing the rollers come in, and watching the locals having fun!
Exposed to the vagaries of the open sea, the Malecon is a grand esplanande running for several kilometres from the Canal del Entrada to the new city. A mix of storms and neglect, however, have seen the grand colonnial buildings run into disrepair, with the wild seas frequently breaching the sea walls.