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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #7 of 109 attractions in Havana
Type: Historic Sites
Description: An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
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Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Probably the one place in Havana where one can visit and learn about the many critical events that shaped Cuba and Havana

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Esch-sur-Alzette
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I have already been a few times in Havana, and a visit to the La Cabaña is always on the program. If it is for the "cañonasso", a ceremony held at 9pm to symbolise the closure of the portals of the ring wall of Old Havana during ancient times, or just to have a splendid view over the city of... More

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Miami, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Being on this wall, facing the sea on a sunny afternoon in Havana. Looking the Old Havana that has not changed much since its creation, may result in a similar to that of a time travel experience. At the time you can feel the moment and emotion when this impressive building stood up to protect the city. No doubt a... More

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carleton place
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My husband and I visit many forts and fortresses in North America and Europe. This one was impressive to look at, and the views were spectacular, but a lack of interpreters took something away from our enjoyment of the place. There was limited information posted and poor signage. We came away from it with a hunger for more knowledge that... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Very enjoyable strolling around this huge fort. The view over Habana Vieja is magnificent. A little short on information regarding history so get a guidebook or guide.

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Riverview NB Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Wonderful old castle at the entrance to Havana harbour. Did this as part of our private car tour. We did not go inside as there did not appear to be any entrance. Some vendors hawking their wears but we're not pushy in any way. Good start to a Havana tour.

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Visited the castle as part of a car tour of Havana. The castle on a nice day had some great views across the bay to Havana. It can get very busy during the day but it is well worth taking a stroll around. There is a café/bar where you can buy drinks from.

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Bucharest
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33 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is the place to spend an evening. The view of sun setting over Havana was wonderful and the place was really quiet at that time, the silence letting us savor the sight. We had a pleasant walk between its walls discovering a pretty little garden.

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LaJolla
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96 reviews 96 reviews
52 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Of course you have to visit as many of the forts and castles as you can and this is a good starting point.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This lovely and sprawling old fort is fantastic for an evening exploration. It gets a little more expensive at 6pm so eat beforehand, arrive just before 6, wander round and enjoy the spectacular views of the sun setting over Havana as music drifts across the water, then explore the little market that pops up inside the fort and wait for... More

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