At 9pm every night a real cannon is fired across the Havana harbour along with a small ceremony to mark the occasion. Held at the impressive La Cabana fort, watch the guards parade and stuff the cannon with gun powder.
There are plenty of tours that include the cannon ceremony at La Cabana fort, however as were semi living in Havana we opted for the local and much cheaper way. This involved catching the little ferry from Havana across in 10mins to Casablanca, cost just a few cents each. Then around 30mins walking and youre at the fortress.
The entry fee is $8 CUC each. We caught the local bus back to town, again for just a few cents.
We arrived early and wondered around the market stalls which look so pretty at night. There was an interesting museum hall we also walked around, sorry cant now recall what is was called.
Weve been to La Cabana fort during the day and its a ghost town with nothing open.
Its only $6 CUC at this time, but all youll get are some great photos looking out across the harbour and some nice shots of the fort.
The ceremony itself was pretty short plus it was packed with people and hard to really see all the action. I was impressed the cannon was stuffed with real gun powder and fired just as they would have done all those years ago.