Avenida Del Puerto
Imagine the gentle glow of the dawn sky as the harbour’s ships quietly glide out to sea as the day begins. Or imagine the burning hues of the setting sun reflecting off of the water with the 16th century El Morro castle outlined in the evening sky. This is Avenida del Puerto, the city’s “Port Avenue” that follows the water at the edge of Old Havana.
Though it features a sea wall similar to the Malecón and seems to be something of a continuation of this more famous stretch of road, Avenida del Puerto is in fact a unique location. Though beautiful most any time of day, be warned—there is little shade to be found here and, during Havana’s notoriously hot afternoons, it might be best to enjoy some other part of the city. However, in the morning or as the sun sets, this is undoubtedly one of the best and most beautiful places to be throughout the entirety of Old Havana.
Home to landmarks like the Paseo de Paula, the Museo del Ron, Almacenes San José Artisans' Market and the Maestranza children’s park, Port Avenue is an occasionally-overlooked but entirely worthwhile Havana avenue for visitors to enjoy during their holidays.
Museo del Ron
Fans of Cuba’s most iconic alcohol can rejoice—Port Avenue is home to Havana’s famed Rum Museum, welcoming visitors to get to know the story behind the alcohol as well as how it’s made before allowing for a tasting session that for many is of course the highlight of the tour. But even if you aren’t a big rum drinker yourself, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy learning about the beverage and its role in Cuban culture and history.
Almacenes San José Artisans' Market
This open-air crafts market near the squares Plaza San Francisco de Asis and Plaza Vieja, display and sell handicrafts. It is the perfect place if you are looking for souvenirs and you don't have time to go from one store to another. Here you'll find clothes, toys, ornaments, shoes, paintings, sculptures, tobacco accessories, Afro-Cuban percussion instruments and much more.
Alameda de Paula
An often-overlooked icon of Havana’s past, the Alameda de Paula was Havana’s first pedestrian promenade. Designed by architect Fernandez Trevejo and built during the late 18th century, this uniquely-designed elevated pathway features handsome railings, poplar trees, and plenty of benches to sit and watch the world go by.
Parque La Maestranza
This park is Havana’s most popular outdoor space dedicated to children, and if you’ve got any young ones of your own traveling with you this would be a great opportunity for them to interact with their Cuban peers. Featuring attractions such as pony rides and a miniature train, as solo adults there’s not much to see or do here but any children are bound to have a good time.
Of course, these spots are just the beginning of what Old Havana’s Port Avenue has to offer. As you explore this stretch of historic Havana, you’re sure to find points of interest grabbing your attention from every direction!
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Although it has transformed considerably since its original construction in the late 18th Century, the Alameda de Paula in Havana is brimming with charm. This beautiful seaside walkway is fully lined with mature trees, benches, a fountain, and the domed Paula Church. When visitors are ready to take time away from other attractions, this can be one of the great places to sit down and pause for reflection.
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