Travel back in time to colonial Cuba on this unique evening activity: watch Havana's nightly cannon firing ritual at the El Morro fortress and enjoy a delicious Cuban dinner afterwards.
Havana Cannon Firing Ceremony: what to expect?
On the evening of your activity, we'll pick you up from your hotel at 6 pm and make our way to Old Havana, the Cuban capital's historic centre, where we'll enjoy a walking tour of this picturesque neighbourhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll then head to the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, known locally as La Cabaña, where the famous cannon firing ceremony takes place.
The cannon blasting ceremony is a Havana tradition that dates back to the colonial era. For centuries, every evening at 9 pm, a cannon has been fired to inform Havana's residents of the nightly closure of the gates in the city wall.
This ritual dates back to 1774, when the city had to defend itself from regular pirate attacks. To announce the closing of the city gates, the cannon was originally fired from a ship in the harbour, before the ceremony later moved to the impressive Morro Cabaña Castle which still stands guard over the bay.
While pirate attacks are no longer a daily threat to the Cuban capital, the cannon blasting ceremony has remained a tradition and has become a typical ritual in the Havana's day to day life, with guards dressing in historic uniforms as if it were the 18th century.
At the end of the ceremony, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner in a local restaurant. The menu will include a starter, a main course, a dessert and a drink to choose between juice, soda or beer.
After dinner, you'll be dropped back off at your hotel in Havana, arriving back at around midnight after an unforgettable evening.
Hotel pick up
This activity includes a pick up service from hotels located in central Havana. If you're staying in a casa particular (homestay) or alternative accommodation, you'll be informed of the address of the nearest hotel from which we'll pick you up.
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Cannon firing ceremony
Children under 2 years oldFree
This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.
Hotel pick up and drop off by air conditioned vehicle.
Walking tour of Old Havana.
English and Spanish speaking guide.
Entry to La Cabaña Fortress.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 3 days before (Havana local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.