Avenida del Puerto La Habana

Havana Morro Castle Malecon

Often thought to start in Old Havana, the Havana Malecon experiences a little known name change straight after the turn towards Prado into the Avenida del Puerto. The continuation of the Malecon which borders the entrance to Havana bay until the cruise terminal and beyond to the Armadores Santander Hotel is technically not the Malecon but, who cares when it’s this picturesque and so close? The first sights of major interest along Avenida del Puerto are the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta and the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, both of which were built during colonial times. The Spanish decided to fortify the shoreline to protect against invading pirates, hence these structures were erected. In Old Havana, you can stop at the Antonio Maceo park to see the statue that pays tribute to this interesting Lt. General of the Cuban Army of Independence. Though El Malecon is justifiably popular during the day, it is also at its best at night, when the sea breezes and overall atmosphere attract scores of folks looking to enjoy a social evening out.

Avenida del Puerto Habana Malecon

Parades, concerts, and even competitive car races are just some of the things that are known to take place on the Havana Malecon and Avenida del Puerto and, when nothing much seems to be going on here, visitors can always just watch the ships heading in and out of port. More recently cruise liners are moored at the cruise terminal which is right across from the Lonja de Comercio and Plaza de San Francisco de Asis.