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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

Address: Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #9 of 109 Attractions in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Owner description: An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
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Sitges, Spain
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Stockholm
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173 reviews 173 reviews
54 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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88 reviews 88 reviews
32 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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Wroclaw, Poland
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I have a great family time in the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress. They are re-enacting a over 400 years old ceremony that was originally used as a closing of the Havana city walls in the Spanish times. The ceremony starts around 8:30 pm and ends right at 9:00 pm. I recommend getting there around 7:30 pm, because they... More 

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Stockholm
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21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were there in the evening when they fires the cannon. The kids thought it was superb. It was a bit ceremonies with military soldiers in old uniforms before they let loose cannons. Worth a visit in the evening.

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Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Went for the Canonazo, a nightly ceremony of firing a canon to announce the closing of the city gates. Soldiers dressed in period uniforms conduct the ceremony. If you go get there early and get a position on the wall to watch or it's just kind of a blur and mob of people. Lots of stalls and vendors selling trinkets... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

It is beautiful place to take pictures, and you can appreciate Habana vieja from another perspective but there's not much to do there and it is far away. The show of Cañonazos is fun but short. The whole experience disappointing.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a huge castle built to defend the entrance to Havana harbour, and shows the classic Spanish design for such fortifications.

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