Cuba Highlights

Santiago de Cuba

This major city offers the international traveller a wide array of surprises from architectural jewels, to battle grounds, colonial fortresses, sunken ships, mountain trails and the best of traditional music.

There are no left-feet dancers among those choosing to spend Santiago de Cuba holidays for the magic of this Caribbean province will lead even the clumsiest one through the steps and twists of rumba, conga, salsa, and son.

Amongst the many city highlights are the Parque Céspedes, in the heart of the city, surrounded by some of Cuba’s most beautiful and historic buildings, including Casa de Diego Velázquez, Museo de la Catedral, the Old City Council and Casa Granda Hotel, and the Museo Municipal Emilio Bacardí Moreau.

Santiago boasts one of most significant religious sites in Cuba, the church dedicated to Cuba’s most important saint, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (Our Lady of Charity), located in the small mining town of El Cobre.

The Baconao aquarium is specialised in Caribbean marine flora and fauna. Here species of snappers, corals and sea lions abound and there’s also opportunity to swim with bottle-nosed dolphins.

  • Photo of The summer Carnival
    The summer Carnival and la Fiesta del Fuego (Feast of Fire).
  • Photo of Padre Pico street
    Padre Pico the only street in Cuba that turns into stairs.
  • Photo of Castillo in Santiago de Cuba
    Castillo de San Pedro Morro.
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    Cementerio Santa Ifigenia -burial place for Emilio Bacardí, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and José Martí.
  • Photo of Turquino Peak
    The Cordillera de la Gran Piedra - 459 stone steps to the top, a rock that weighs 63,000 tonnes.
  • Photo of Comandancia La Plata
    Parque Baconao The Valle de la Prehistoria is within the park and features 40 life size models of dinosaurs.