Imagine, just for a minute, if Havana didn’t have a Malecón. Try to picture the city without this wide six-lane avenue and long wall which stretches for eight kilometers along the capital’s northern coastline.
The Havana Malecón, with its bare concrete wall, construction on which began in 1901 and was completed almost 60 years later in 1959, protects the city from the onslaught of the Gulf Stream. It is Cuba’s most famous coastal avenue, crowned by a long wall which serves as a place for thousands of people to contemplate the city, the sea or the ships sailing by.
It is a place where early risers come to run, where loved-up couples watch the sunset, where friends share an afternoon together, and where others dive down to the reefs to fish.
The Malecón belongs to everyone. Cubans from all over the island feel like it’s theirs, while tourists enjoy the perfect mix of the breeze, sun, warmth, architecture, history, tranquility and the sea.
Imagine, just for a minute, if Havana didn’t have its Malecón. Impossible, right? After all, the longest bench in the world is the Cuban capital’s most emblematic landmark.