Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana, Havana

(4.3/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Explore the historic Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana, built in the 18th century to defend Havana from British colonial conquests. Now a public park, this fortress complex contains several museums, though most visitors come to climb the ramparts and take in the views of old Havana. Try not to miss the nightly cannon firing ceremony, which signals the closing of the city gates, a tradition cherished since colonial times. Plan to visit Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana during your Havana vacation using our convenient Havana holiday planner.
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  • The view of Havana from the Castillo is amazing. There's a lot of history that is not discussed given the political landscape but it is definitely worth seeing and the history shared is interesting.  more »
  • excellent place, very nice views of Havana, beautiful sunsets, also close to this House where he lived the Che
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  • Entrance is around 8 cuc. Go around 7:30 pm, explore the historical military museum, take pictures, walk around the gift shops vendors, admire the magnificent architecture and then stay for the show, ...  more »
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  • A great and magnificent place to visit. From here you can get the best pictures over Havana when you take a walk up on the wall. We didn't find any place where you could actually go inside the buildings aside from the small Chapel and some stores. The best thing is to come here in the evening to watch the Canon salute they have every evening at 09:00 Pm. Be there a good time before if you want good seats.
  • Don't miss the cayonazo!
  • It is a little bit forgotten place unfortunatelly...
  • Place historical
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  • A place that is worth knowing. You can take advantage and learn in the same way the Morro and the Christ of Havana.
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