Along the Malecón
As the sunsets on Havana, the locals flock to the Avenida de Macio, a seven-kilometer seawall, esplanade, and roadway often referred to as the Malecón.
This photo blog dives into the feeling of walking along the Malecón as the day winds down and many flock to this walkway to lounge with friends, fish, and take in the natural beauty of the sea.
Construction on the Malecón started in 1901. The main purpose of it was to protect Havana from the sea. Currently the Malecón stretches from the Havana Harbor to the Vedado neighborhood. However, it quickly became a place for socializing and took on a life of its own.
The Malecón is an opportunity for travelers to settle into Cuban culture and relax with the sounds of the waves as you people watch.
Watching the fishermen work was one of my favorite things to observe along the Malecón. The sight of a fish on the line under the setting sun was a magical scene.
This peaceful scene of water and sun to the north of Havana was contrasting to the energetic avenue that the colorful cars raced down.
Cuba was a place that I wanted to travel to for ages. After reflecting on the experience, I must tell you that Cuba was one of the most fascinating places I have ever traveled to. Even though it has been months since we returned from Cuba, we often speak of our experiences in this interesting and captivating county.
For anyone who is look at traveling to Cuba, I suggest that you book Airbnbs to support individuals and also to have an intimate look at daily life in Cuba. Also, I would encourage you to spend time walking around Havana without anywhere to be. I found that exploring the city without a map and without a plan was one of the most effective ways at connecting with the place. Lastly, I would urge anyone who doesn't speak Spanish to have a book or an app on their phone that can help with translating. We found that having a few words or sentences planned out helped navigate all kinds of situations.
Thanks for looking through this blog. I hope you gained some insight into what the Malecón can offer to anyone who visits!
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