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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Address: Havana, Cuba
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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Be here at 9 pm ANY night for the traditional guard firing of the cannon. Arrive early for food, wine & souvenirs. Best view is from the cordoned off area above the plaza. (Don't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It´s the space where a bit shot of a cannon is hit at 9PM daily. Just visit the place but do not waste your time waiting for the shot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Be here at 9 pm ANY night for the traditional guard firing of the cannon. Arrive early for food, wine & souvenirs. Best view is from the cordoned off area above the plaza. (Don't pay extra for seating, it is not the best view anyway). This fuerta is real and a treat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Went there at around 8pm for the cannon ceremony and it wasn't disappointing! Getting there is easy by taxi, only 8 CUC from Old Havana, you also have to pay a small fee to enter but nothing too expensive. Once inside the fortress, you're back into time with the cannons, the costumes and the ceremony. Before the ceremony itself, we... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The fort (which overlooks Havana) has been renovated and contains a lot of tourist stall, but the most interesting and entertaining event is the nightly 9 pm firing of the cannon. With all the pomp and ceremony and traditional dress, it's worth arriving slightly early to get a good view. Best view is just beside the cannon (roped off area)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A lovely place to visit, calm after the hustle and bustle of Havana. The fortress is an amazing structure, built on both sides of the river entrance to Havana. I sadly didn't get to see the cannon firing ceremony, but it occurs every evening around 8 or 9 pm and is easily accessible by boys from Havana itself. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The cannon ceremony takes place every evening at Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana and is performed by young military men; the men who performed the evening we attended were Venezuelan soldiers. The canonazo ceremony is a tradition started in the 17th century. A cannon would be fired to alert the community that the gates would be closed to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Take the hop on off bus route 2 to the castle (5 Euro return). We went in the afternoon but most of the smaller rooms within the complex were closed, except for the church! Beware! Keep your entrance ticket. we experience some hassle from attendants, being asked for our ticket, which had been taken from us at the entrance. We... More 

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Lake Wales, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We went to the 9:00 PM cannon firing. We were running a little late and we planned on coming back so we did not see as much as we should have. However the period actors were great and very friendly. I feel the cannon firing was not historically accurate. The period actors walked around swinging a flame round and round.... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I visited the fortress during the 2015 Habana Bienal. There were excelent expositions of contemporary cubn art. Besides this it has the best vista on Habana.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Forteleza de San Carlos de la Cabana rests along the river across from Old Havana, offering a wonderful wide perspective of the city. The panoramic views, along with its history, are the best part of this attraction and warrant a visit. These points earned my 4 star review. The Fort is laden with Spanish-Cuban history, however I wasn't as impressed... More 

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Additional Information about Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

Address: Havana, Cuba
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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