The largest stone fort in the western hemisphere, La Cabana provides an excellent view of Havana, the bay, and the ocean, as well as Morro Castle.
Wow...that place was amazing, we went there to watch the sunset, also to see the canones celebration that happens everyday at 9pm for 200 years. Also bring some extra money cuz they sell lot of souvenirs inside and prices are much better than at calle obispo or plaza de las armas.
Each night the Cuban army assigned at La Cabana provides the memorable pageantry of the lighting of the 9:00 PM cannon. Hundreds gather for this event, including Cuban military dressed in period uniforms from the 18th century. With the city in the background across the harbor it's quite an event and is a "must see" event.
My disappointment for arriving too early was totally forgotten by the beautiful sunset but especially by the very professional shotgun ceremony at 9pm. Actors characterized as 18th (?) century guards spent circa of ½ hour in an interesting ceremony culminating on an incredible and loud Cannon shot. We arrived few minutes after 6pm (entrance fee 9 CUC after 6pm, 6... More
While walking along the Malecon during the day, this fortress is very impressive and quite beautiful to admire. Every night a cannon shot rumbles at 9pm as the so-called "El Cañonazo de las 9", a custom kept from colonial times, signaling the closure of the city wall doors. Don't miss it! It's a powerful show to watch within the fortress!
Took the ferry Casablanca & walked to the statue of Jesus, then round to the fort. It's 6CUC to get in during the day, 9 at night, but other than nice views of the harbour (which you can see from the statue for free) there isn't much to see. All the museums were closed. So I would say skip it... More
Make sure you are there late in the afternoon, best sunset we've ever seen. Pay the additional fee for the balcony, you get a free drink upstairs and you can watch the 9pm Canon display from there.
A good place to get an excellent view of Havana across the water. See also the nearby cigar shop. A few locals plying their wares.
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