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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Address: Havana, Cuba
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Description: An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.

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The castillo is huge and interesting, and the views of Havana and the bay are spectacular. You should not miss it. Lots of areas to walk in a park like setting. We had lunch in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The castillo is huge and interesting, and the views of Havana and the bay are spectacular. You should not miss it. Lots of areas to walk in a park like setting. We had lunch in a lovely garden at a nearby restaurant - Hostal El Canonazo, delicious food and drinks, wonderful ambiance, and gracious service - http://www.visitcuba.com/2012/10/hostal-el-canonazo/.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Either take the little ferry and walk up to the fort ( 15 min) or take a taxi through the tunnel ( 5 CUC). The entrance fee is 6 CUC. The fort is one of the largest in the Americas and takes while to walk around. We were here on a Saturday afternoon and there were perhaps 10 people in... More 

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Ingleside, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This fortress is even larger than El Morro in San Juan PR. The major industry in Havana in the nineteenth century seems to have been the manufacture of cannons: hundreds of them are downtown, upended and use for street barricades, but the battlements here still have an impressive array. Some are very fine works of art, with ornamentation and sculpture.... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Take the small ferry over from Old Havana to Casablanca and walk up the hill to the fort in about 15 minutes. This is a nice walk and takes you past the huge Christ statue as well as Che's house and remnants of the Cuban Missile crisis. No need to pay to go in as you can see all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Fort is quite large so wear comfortable shoes. It guarded the entrance to the harbor and as such gives a wonderful view of the old city of Havana on the other side of the bay. It pays to have explored the old city before you visit the Fort because then it will be easy for you to pick out... More 

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Sitges, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

It's worth popping over to the big fortress (when the taxi driver asks you 'which' one you want just tell him the 'Castillo grande'!) so you can look over to Havana. There are a couple of bars within the fortress where you can buy drinks and small, basic snacks too, so it's ok to be here at lunchtime. Built to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This old fortress was part of Havana defence against pirates and unfriendly naval powers. Today it gives you a magnificent view of Malecon, Havana Vieja and the harbor.

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Well worth the bus trip through the tunnel and lots of refreshments. Cigars made and sold at this location along with art works;

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

WHY WORTH? This fortress complex is one of the biggest in the Americas, and was built to improve the defense of the city between 1763-1774. We have visited the castillo during the day, and there was literally just the 2 of us. Beautiful views to Havana and the Malecón, romantic strolls without anybody trying to sell you something. It's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

From Cabana you can see Havana shining bright during the sunset. Going there is worth spending a bit of time for relax and just enjoy the view.

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