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Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta)

Paseo de Marti Prado y Av. del Puerto, Havana, Cuba
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Good views

We stopped off here on our Havana tour, we had lunch down in the bottom of the fort. The landmark... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Emily N
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Working lighthouse

To think that this fort is pretty old and still has a working lighthouse at it. Great views of the... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
cjschreiner
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Chandler, Arizona
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On a point (hence, the name) directly across from El Morro, La Punta took 11 years to build (1589-1600), under the supervision of the same Italian military engineer -- Juan Bautista Antonelli -- responsible for its sister fortress. The two forts are so close, it's said that voice communication is possible in calm weather. In the early 17th century a heavy chain was stretched between them, sealing the port at night and during attacks. Today the fortress has an even more romantic role in the city's unfolding drama: it's a favorite spot for lovers. COST: Free. Daily 10-10.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good51%
  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Paseo de Marti Prado y Av. del Puerto, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped off here on our Havana tour, we had lunch down in the bottom of the fort. The landmark has great views of the edges of Havana, there is also apparently a famous cigar shop on site. In the shop they sell all the...More

Thank Emily N
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

To think that this fort is pretty old and still has a working lighthouse at it. Great views of the city can be seen from here.

Thank cjschreiner
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Our tour was a mix of people-to-people medical and government visits, history lessons, and tourist stops, and the time allotted for some larger historical sites was sometimes very short. This monument from the Spanish colonial era is nicely restored and worth spending more time to...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Our taxi driver took us over to the Jesus Christ statue and on return pulled into the fort - we hesitated whether to actually pay to get in (I think it was 6CUC each) but are glad that we did. Not only was it interesting...More

Thank Nidgehammer
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This Spanish styled fort(Fort San Salvador) has amazing views of the Havana proper as well as its port and skyline of this beautiful city....Walking around you can see old rusty cannons that are no longer in use, but show what a great vantage point for...More

Thank mofishmo
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Such beautiful history, Definitely don't miss out on walking the grounds and seeing all the different rooms of this fort and living museum.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The fortress is large and commands the inlet to the harbor. Certainly would have been plenty effective against oncoming ships but vulnerable from the rear and that is how it was lost. There are a number of exhibits within, and walking through the various rooms...More

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Awesome place to explore! 6 Cuc's to enter per person. I would suggest having your taxi wait for you while you explore since finding a taxi back to Havana could be tricky.

Thank Leslie H
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Fort San Salvador was engineered to protect the Havana Bay entrance and thus became an important entranceway to the harbor. The fort is an interesting, historic and photographic element of Havana's heritage. It also occupies a position that creates a most scenic location. It is...More

Thank fiamma11
Reviewed 4 March 2017

$3 to enter. Was there near the end of the day (around 6PM) and we were only ones walking around. Interesting history (all the placards are in Spanish.) Walking around just taking in the history. There are some cool photos, one showing a giant waving...More

Thank Steve H
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