The views from this military-historical site over Havana city are spectacular, and crossing the bay to discover its two ancient fortresses (Morro Castle and San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress) is a must-do while in Havana.
Despite both fortresses being located on the opposite side of the bay, they have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO along with Old Havana.
The best time to discover this unique spot is at sunset since, then, you can attend the iconic “El Cañonazo” (The Cannon Firing), every day at nine pm in San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress. The ceremony is performed by actors dressed in period clothes who fire the cannon as it used to be done during the 18th century, up to 1850, to let everybody that the gates of the city would be closing.
There are several ways of getting to the fortresses:
You can take the buses P8, P11, or P15, and get down in the first stop after the tunnel.
ou can also get a taxi. From Old Havana, it can be around four or five CUC.
A third option could be taking the ferry “Casablanca” departing from the Avenida Carlos Manuel Céspede, Old Havana.
From the dock, you only have to follow the road up to the statue of Christ, and turn left.
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