Construction of the first stretch of the Malecón began on May 6 1901, with beautiful lampposts placed along the sea wall. However, the battering of huge waves during the following Cuban winter caused the original design to be replaced by another, this time with no attachments to the wall. The works were finally completed in 1959.
The importance of coconut seems to go on and on. Used for nutritional purposes, medicines and even in beauty products, its shell has inspired remarkable creativity among Cuban artisans who have taken this raw material as the basis for a wide variety of tropical handicrafts.