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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Legendary nightlife, iconic music and distinct culture. Explore a place where yesterday lives today and visit Santiago de Cuba. Take the unique opportunity to get to know fascinating local culture while discovering the revolutionary history of Santiago. Mingle with locals and immerse yourself in a place untouched by time.

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Don't miss the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The fortress was built on the coast of Santiago in 1637, overlooking the bay in defence against pirate attacks and has been reconstructed several times due to earthquakes.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Marvel at one of Santiago's most significant landmarks, Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a neoclassical gem beneath which the body of Diego Velázquez is buried.
  • Explore the Casa de Diego Velázquez, a breathtaking colonial building dating back to 1522 that opened its doors as a historical colonial environment museum.
  • Visit landmarks such as the grand Cementerio Santa Ifigenia which houses the remains of historical figures such as José Martí, or tour the Moncada Barracks to find artefacts belonging to the men of the Cuban Revolution.
  • Stroll through Cespedes Park located in the very heart of the city, it is the prime example of Cuban street life.
  • Soak up the distinctive Afro-Cuban culture with festivals of vibrant colours, drum-beating music and son dancing.
  • Visit the Plaza De La Revolucion, to see the eye-catching statue of dedicated city hero, Antonio Maceo, atop his horse.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Eat like the locals, visit the beautiful plazas and enjoy a cucurucho de coco, a unique and delicious coconut pastry wrapped in palm leaves.

Local Currency

The official currency of Santiago, Cuba is the Cuban Peso (CUP). However, tourists will receive Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC).

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    Before You Visit

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