The Cannon Blast ceremony is one of the oldest traditions of Havana. Travel back in time to the colonial period when the shooting of the cannon from Morro Cabaña Fortress across Havana harbor signaled to Habaneros the closing of the gates of the walled city, a sign that the city was protected from Buccaneers for the night.
Participate in a performance that has over 300 years of uninterrupted tradition. On this journey back in time, we take you to El Morro Cabaña Fortress for the famous Cannon Blast Ceremony taking place every night at 9pm on the dot. The sound of the cannonball, which to this day is heard within most of Old Havana, used to alert Habaneros about the closing of the doors that protected the city from pirates and corsairs. It was a sign that the city was safe for the night.
For this experience, we will pick you up from your hotel and make the first stop at Old Havana in the heart of the historical center to get a walking tour through the 4 mains squares: San Francisco de Assis, Plaza de Armas, La Catedral y La Plaza Vieja. On the way to the fortress, our English-speaking guide will explain the history of the ceremony of the cannon shooting. At Morro Cabaña Fortress you’ll appreciate the most exquisite panoramic views of Havana at night. A historic site dating back to the 18th century, this fortress today houses the historic Weapons Museum, as well as Che Guevara’s former office. Throughout the year, the immense fortress is also used for performances, conferences and music and literature festivals.
Every night, performers at La Cabaña dress up with the same clothing used 300 years ago during the colonial era and replicate the ceremony to keep it alive. Following the ceremony, we will take you to have dinner at La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant. And at the end of the night, we´ll take back to your place for you to rest.
Transfers as described. Entrance fee to the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress. Entrance fee to the cannon-firing ceremony at 9 pm. Dinner at la Bodeguita del Medio
Tips, medical insurance or any other service non mentioned in the description.
Meeting point and meeting time:
Pick up from 5.15PM
physical activity level
Standard: : Standard Accommodation
4 hours from pick-up time
private option available:
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Cancellation policy: Cancellations made up to 14 days before the vacation or tour starting day will be subject to a 30% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 14 days of the starting day will be subject to a 30% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours of vacation or tour date can't be refunded and might only quality to be re-scheduled on an individual case basis, subject to availability and vendor penalty fees.