MALECÓN, Havana’s Longest Terrace
Text & photos: Jorge Luis Sánchez Rivera
Waves break along the length of the sea wall that borders Havana’s most popular thoroughfare, the avenida Antonio Maceo also known as the Malecón. This eight kilometre coastal highway is one of the most visited sites in the capital.
Over and above its scenic beauty, this emblematic avenue’s six car lanes allow traffic to flow fluidly in both directions. On summer nights, its sidewalk takes on a life of its own that culminates in the carnival that mixes traditions and customs in colourful floats, bands playing music and people flowing with the contagious rhythms.
Visitors from near and far enjoy the spectacular views as the fresh breeze breathes life into a scene that invites observers to take in the hustle and bustle of the city from Havana’s “great balcony”: the fishermen, musicians, street hawkers and lovers for whom the Malecón is an essential part of life.