El Morro, Havana

4.2
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Explore the 16th-century fortified castle at El Morro. Built to protect Havana's harbor from ongoing raids, the site now affords visitors wonderful views of the city, especially at sundown. If you’re interested in history, you'll enjoy your walk around the fortress. However, you'll be exposed to the elements during much of your stroll, so check the weather before you visit. Pop into the onsite maritime museum for accounts of epic sieges, then consider climbing up the lighthouse for a small extra charge. See El Morro and all Havana has to offer by arranging your trip with our Havana day trip tool.
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  • Built to guard the entrance to Havana bay this fortress is huge. Morro means a rick that is visible from the see like a navigational landmark. El Morro protected the mouth of the harbour with a...  more »
  • Whilst I enjoyed my visit, if it is forts you are after then the Castillo del Morro San Pedro de la Roca in Santiago de Cuba is much more impressive - in my opinion. I love Havana and it has so much.....  more »
  • This was one of the central defensive positions dating from as early as 1589. It’s clearly visible from the Malecon, with a lighthouse (1845) at one end. A highlight of our visit was when we were...  more »

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