The charm of Havana at night
If it comes to enjoying nights, I prefer habaneras. I was in Havana on one occasion and I had the pleasure of watching a sunset on the Malecón Habanero and, without a doubt, it has been an unforgettable experience. I met several friends there because of the charisma of the Cubans. Simple, cheerful, persevering and hospitable people. We shared well-known songs to the beat of a guitar, improvised drinks of the famous Habana Club rum and we took a walk facing the sea breeze until we reached the Havana Tunnel, which led us to the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress.
Located at the entrance to the Bay of Havana, San Carlos de la Cabaña, is the largest military complex built by Spain in America in the 18th century. It has an area of 700 m long by 240 wide in the form of a polygon. Currently it is a museum where Cuban traditions are represented such as the military ceremony of the Cannonball of the Nine. This was a colonial-era custom in which a cannon shot was fired at 4:30 a.m. and another at 9:00 p.m. to inform the opening and closing of the wall that surrounded Havana. It also indicated the setting and removal of the chain that closed the entrance to the port, which at that time was between the castles of La Punta and El Morro. Currently the ceremony is represented by soldiers dressed in typical 18th century military costumes and is part of the favorite shows for visitors to this city. Something like transporting you back in time and surprising you with the thunderous noise of the cannons of that time. It was also very refreshing to enjoy the varieties of Cuban cocktails, as well as taste the exquisite dishes of their traditional food.
La Cabaña, is located just a few steps from several private rental houses in Old Havana, where I could appreciate the comfort of the properties, the good customer service and the possibility of making local friends in an informal atmosphere. It is a better option than state hotels, if you want to know the true Cuban people and enjoy cheaper prices.
Another attraction of this old building is the Havana International Book Fair, which is held every year in February. It is hosted by a different country, from which we can appreciate its culture, customs, language and traditions. On this occasion, architecture and culture intertwine that go hand in hand, to make this wonderful place one more option for the enjoyment of foreign travelers and the patio, curious in the same way to know a testimony that is impregnated in each one. of these walls and that will remain imperishable in the history of this town.
And since the night was still young, I wanted to jump in the car to the Tropicana Cabaret, well known as “A Paradise under the stars”. In my opinion, a wonderful place with magnificent Cuban music, where I could delight myself with the variety of musical rhythms such as: the son, the cha-cha, the rumba, the mambo, the guaracha, among others. I also enjoyed an excellent performance by their dancers who with their infectious steps made me move my hips. This cabaret located in the vicinity of the Playa municipality, enjoys the most prestigious international criticism for the quality of its offerings, putting the name of Cuba very high on the most famous stages in the world. When I finished my night I returned to my Old Havana, a city unmatched for its constant movement.
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