We invite you to visit Obispo Street in Old Havana, one of the most famous and busy streets of the Cuban capital. Beautifully cobbled, it is also known as Obispo Boulevard. It was designed in the 16th century, just four years after the founding of the La Habana Villa. Its narrowness is intentional, to protect the walkers from the intense sun. They established the best specialized shops, shops, fashion houses and the liveliest cafes. It has had more than 47 names, since 1936 it is known like Obispo because the bishops Fray Jerónimo de Lara and Pedro Agustín Morell de Santa Cruz lived there.
It is the longest Boulevard in Havana. It starts from the bay of Havana, passing through Plaza de Armas and ends at Monserrate Street. When crossing the Central Park you can go thought the San Rafael Boulevard in Centro Habana. It is crossed by important streets like Oficios, Mercaderes, San Ignacio, Cuba, Aguiar, Habana, Compostela, Aguacate and Villegas. Numerous places of interest, such as El Floridita Bar, Modern Poetry Library, Johnson & Johnson Pharmacy Museum, Numismatic Museum, Café París, San Jerónimo University College, Palace of the General Captains and National Museum of Natural History of Cuba at Plaza de Armas area.
Today, Obispo Boulevard remains one of the most commercial areas of the city. Diverse art galleries, shops, handicraft sales and places with food and live music are encouraged. Thousands of Cubans and tourists stroll through it every day. People daily enjoy day and night walks until Plaza de Armas.
For visit: From Avenida del Puerto (San Pedro) street to Monserrate street, Habana Vieja, La Habana (“23.13748, -82.35742”). Free access daily.
by: Leunam Rodríguez