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What to see in Santiago De Cuba

Santiago De Cuba Attractions

There is a wonderful variety of things to see and do in Santiago de Cuba, but it's particularly exciting for history buffs, especially those interested in its military and revolutionary past. The Castillo de San Pedro Del Morro (Morro Castle) is an astounding ancient fortress; it is difficult not to imagine battles with fearsome pirates when strolling along the battlements.

There are other worthwhile historical attractions in Santiago, such as the famous Moncada Barracks where Castro's revolution officially began, Santiago's Plaza de la Revolución and its impressive monuments, and the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, which houses the graves of many important Cuban figures such as José Martí, Fidel Castro and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.

There are also a number of museums worth visiting in Santiago: the Diego Velazquez Museum, possibly the oldest house in Cuba, gives remarkable insight into colonial domestic life and the history of the city; and the Bacardi Museum offers a glimpse into the private collection of one of the most famous families of Santiago. The imposing Metropolitan Cathedral in the centre of town is also definitely worth exploring.

The cultural and historical attractions of Santiago are matched by the natural surroundings of the city, drawing tourists from far and wide. The vast Baconao Park has plenty of natural splendour as well as many historical and cultural sites. Travellers making an excursion a little further afield will come across the Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt, an awe-inspiring wilderness and UNESCO World Heritage Site widely hailed as the most valuable and biodiverse park in the Caribbean.

Santiago de Cuba is a treasure trove for tourists and the fact that it is still slightly less crowded and commercial than Havana adds to its charm.

Baconao Park

Baconao Park is a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve, boasting teeming wildlife refuges, coffee plantations and history exhibits. The park features varied attractions, from life…

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Castillo de San Pedro del Morro (Morro Castle)

Santiago's most impressive structure is poised ominously atop the cliffs at the narrow entrance to Santiago Bay. This enormous piece of military architecture, a maze of stairways…

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Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum

The world's largest family-owned spirits company, Bacardi started producing rum in Santiago way back in 1862. Forced to flee the country after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Bacardi…

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Moncada Barracks

The bullet-ridden Moncada Barracks and adjacent Parque Historico Abel Santamaria were the settings for the most important events in Cuba's revolutionary history. In 1953, a group…

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Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the Cuban provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo, featuring impressive flora and fauna, such as parrots, lizards and hummingbirds…

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Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

Santa Ifigenia Cemetery was founded in 1868 and declared a National Monument in 1937, now sheltering a number of important historical and cultural figures including war heroes…

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