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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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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.

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Go for the views and the Che museum

There are some great reasons to visit; the views over central Havana, the clearly signposted directions and museum pieces (covering pre-revolution Havana), the cannon display and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are some great reasons to visit; the views over central Havana, the clearly signposted directions and museum pieces (covering pre-revolution Havana), the cannon display and especially the Che Guevara museum. You'll need a taxi to get there, but if you walk out towards Casablanca you can get the local ferry back to the city (1 CUC pp). A must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The "Cañonazo de las nueve "ceremony is very interesting,this tradition began in the XVIII century,when the old Havana was surrounded by a wall,the canon was fired when the gates were opened and closed, at 6;00 am and at 9;00 pm;this tradition has been kept ,but only the 9;00 pm one. It is very popular in Cuba and when we cubans... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not tour inside this imposing fortress but checked the ramparts. There is a shop on the grounds which one can purchase those fine Cuban cigars. San Carlos de la Cabana was built to replace the less defensible El Morro castle after the British had captured it in 1762 and thus Havana. The treaty conditions after the Seven Year's... More 

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Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do go in the evening- there is a nightly spectacle also popular with locals. Fantastic views.The procession is quite slow but worth waiting for the canon to be fired! Then head to a nearby restaurant for a late dinner.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to see the sunset and the Cañonazo Festival. The sunset is beautiful and we can see the whole Havana. There is some museums to visit and the Cañonazo Festival is interesting to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are great views of Havana from here and the castle is worth a wander around. We went for the canon display at 9pm. Before the canon is fired (they only fire one), there is a historical performance that starts around 8.15-8.30, which is mostly people marching around in costumes and playing drums as they build up to the canon... More 

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Went around 8.30 pm and great views of Havana. Busy place as people want to see the canon being fired at 9pm. Great anticipation with the pageant of soldiers preparing the canon.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We visited the fortress just a little late for sunset, but it was still worth it. I'd really like to go back to see it. The views of Habana Bay, the harbour and the city are unmatched. The tour around the fortress is also very recomended, our guide was patient and nice and she knew a lot about the history... More 

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Bury, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

This is a big fort with open ramps up the walls and a surprisingly laissez-faire approach to health and safety. Bring walking shoes and make sure you are careful where you walk as I can't believe children or adults haven't fallen over the sides. If you want cigars and rum there is also a very expensive shop on site. Best... More 

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Wainscott, Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

This is a great place to take in the view and the Fort itself is very impressive with the worlds longest Cigar at several stages having been rolled next to the fort means there is plenty to see and do. There was a lot more to see and do than we actually did as this was effectively a photo stop... More 

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