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Tourism and Heritage in Eastern Cuba

Cuba, an important tourist destination in the Caribbean, has in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba unique tourist options full of patrimonial values.

Founded in 1514 by Governor Diego Velázquez, the city was the capital of Cuba until 1607, and endured countless disasters from an earthquake in 1675 to predatory actions by corsairs and pirates.

This situation led to the construction of the San Pedro de la Roca del Morro fortress, regarded by experts as one of the greatest defensive constructions built by the Spanish in the so-called New World.

This fortress, together with La Solapa, La Avanzada and La Estrella, make up the defensive system of the bay, considered as the greatest and most complete example of European Renaissance military engineering ever built in the conditions of the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, in the central area of the city the former Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) is located; it is known as Céspedes Park as a tribute to the Father of the Cuban Nation, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.

In the surrounding area of the park, visitors can enjoy many examples of the colonial architectural art like the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, built in the 16th century and housing, in its museum halls, a painting on wood regarded by experts as the oldest in Cuba.

San Pedro de la Roca. View from the fortress
San Pedro de la Roca. View from the fortress
San Pedro de la Roca. View from the fortress

The oldest house of the archipelago, belonging to Diego Velázquez, is also located in this area. This house was also the Crown’s Trading and Foundry House, it was built with stones and, up to this date, some of the original elements like the wood ceilings and the Moorish latticework are preserved.

These samples of colonial architecture can also be found on Heredia Street, where visitors have the opportunity to know the best exponents of Cuban music, including son, bolero and a unique trova.

The province is also a place of spirituality and the Sanctuary of the Vírgen de la Caridad del Cobre (Lady of Charity), Cuba's patron saint, is visited by thousands of people who seek hope to make their dreams come true.

Not far from the city, La Gran Piedra, recorded in the Guinness book as the largest rock in the world, stands out. Weighing almost 70,000 tons, it majestically seats about 1,220 meters above sea level.

The name comes from one of the most important geological values in the province of Santiago de Cuba, represented in a huge volcanic rock that is 51 meters long, 25 meters high and 30 meters wide.

Likewise, tourists can also visit the Baconao Park, a biosphere reserve, which holds the stone zoo located in the Prehistory Valley and complemented by the attractions of the Museum of Transportation, the Aquarium, and the Park of Sculptures.

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Abel Santamaría Park
Museums

Calles General Portuondo, Ave. de los Libertadores, Callejón América y Saturnino Lora

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Acuario Baconao
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Carretera de El Morro km. 8

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House of Diego Velázquez
Places of Interest

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Santiago de Cuba
La Estrella Fortress
Places of Interest

Carretera de Ciudamar km. 8

Santiago de Cuba
Law Courts
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Santiago de Cuba
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Santiago de Cuba
Palace of the Municipal Government
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Santiago de Cuba
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Santiago de Cuba
Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
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Santiago de Cuba
The Great Rock
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Santiago de Cuba
ACCOMMODATION All services
Brisas Sierra Mar - Los Galeones
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Carretera a Filé

Santiago de Cuba
Iberostar Casa Granda
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Calle Heredia No. 201 e/ San Pedro y San Félix

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La Gran Piedra
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Santiago de Cuba
Las Américas
City

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Libertad
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Santiago de Cuba
Meliá Santiago
City

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Santiago de Cuba
Rancho Club
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Santiago de Cuba
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Santiago de Cuba
SCUBA CUBA Bucanero
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Santiago de Cuba
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Diving centers

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Santiago de Cuba
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Alondra
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Baconao
Buffet restaurant

Hotel Bucanero

Santiago de Cuba
Balcón de Santiago
International cuisine

Motel Rancho Club

Santiago de Cuba
Barbecue
Grill

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
Costa Sol
Light Meals

Hotel Balcón del Caribe

Santiago de Cuba
Cupey
Buffet restaurant

Hotel Sierra Mar

Santiago de Cuba
Don Antonio
Cuban cuisine

Calle Aguilera e/ Calvario y Reloj

Santiago de Cuba
Doñaneli
Baking-Pastry

Calle 15 y 4, Reparto Vista Alegre

Santiago de Cuba
El Caney
International cuisine

Hacienda El Caney

Santiago de Cuba
El Cayo
Fish and seafood

Cayo Granma, bahía de Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
El Colmadito
Light Meals

Hotel Meliá Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
El Criollo
Grill

Hotel Meliá Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
El Mirador
Light Meals

Carretera de Baconao, Sigua

Santiago de Cuba
El Morro
Cuban cuisine

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El Panalito
International cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
El Ranchón
Cuban cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
El Ranchón
Light Meals

Hotel Costa Morena

Santiago de Cuba
El Rodeo
Cuban cuisine

Carretera de Baconao, Barrio Oasis

Santiago de Cuba
El Toro
Red meat

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Santiago de Cuba
Finca El Porvenir
Cuban cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
Gran Piedra
International cuisine

Motel Gran Piedra

Santiago de Cuba
Joturo
International cuisine

Hotel Sierra Mar

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Kiam Sand
Asian cuisine

Carretera de Ciudamar km. 4 ½ y Entronque de Punta Gorda

Santiago de Cuba
La Casa de Rolando
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Santiago de Cuba
La Cascada
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La Casona
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La Cecilia
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Santiago de Cuba
La Ceiba
Rice

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La Fontana
Italian cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
La Isabelica
International cuisine

Hotel Meliá Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
La Punta
Cuban cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
La Teressina
Italian cuisine

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La Terraza
Light Meals

Hotel Casa Granda

Santiago de Cuba
Lambada
Buffet restaurant

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Las Acacias
International cuisine

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Las Américas
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Santiago de Cuba
Las Américas
Buffet restaurant

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Santiago de Cuba
Las Caletas
International cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
Las Columnitas
Light Meals

Calle San Félix y Callejón del Carmen

Santiago de Cuba
Leningrado
Buffet restaurant

Hotel San Juan

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Los Galeones
Buffet restaurant

Hotel Sierra Mar

Santiago de Cuba
Los Vitrales
International cuisine

Hotel Versalles

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Marinero
Fish and seafood

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
Matamoros
Cuban cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
Orquídea
International cuisine

Hotel Costa Morena

Santiago de Cuba
Parrillada
Grill

Hotel Bucanero

Santiago de Cuba
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Cuban cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
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International cuisine

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Santiago de Cuba
Bello Bar
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Santiago de Cuba
Café Cantante Niágara
Piano bar

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Calypso
Lobby bar

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
Centro Nocturno
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Hotel Costa Morena

Santiago de Cuba
Club 300
Nightclub

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Santiago de Cuba
Club Nocturno
Nightclub

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Santiago de Cuba
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Bar

Villa Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
El Caneysito
Snack bar

Motel Rancho Club

Santiago de Cuba
El Copero
Lobby bar

Hotel Balcón del Caribe

Santiago de Cuba
El Pino
Snack bar

Hotel Versalles

Santiago de Cuba
El Quijote
Nightclub

Hotel San Juan

Santiago de Cuba
Gran Piedra
Bar

Hotel Gran Piedra

Santiago de Cuba
La Bamba
Beach bar

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
La Caleta
Beach bar

Hotel Bucanero

Santiago de Cuba
La Cascada
Bar

Hotel El Saltón

Santiago de Cuba
La Conga
Bar

Hotel Bucanero

Santiago de Cuba
La Pachanga
Disco

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
La Pérgola
Bar

Hotel El Saltón

Santiago de Cuba
La Salsa
Pool bar

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
La Taberna del Ron
Bar

Calle Carnicería e/ San Basilio y Santa Lucía

Santiago de Cuba
Las Acacias
Bar

Villa Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
Las Américas
Bar

Hotel Las Américas

Santiago de Cuba
Lobby Bar
Lobby bar

Hotel Versalles

Santiago de Cuba
Lobby Bar
Lobby bar

Hotel San Juan

Santiago de Cuba
Marino
Bar

Hotel Costa Morena

Santiago de Cuba
Merengue
Pool bar

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
Mirador
Bar

Hotel El Saltón

Santiago de Cuba
Patio Bar Paticruzao
Bar

Autopista Nacional km. 1 ½

Santiago de Cuba
Ranchón
Bar

Hotel El Saltón

Santiago de Cuba
Roof Garden
Bar

Hotel Casa Granda

Santiago de Cuba
San Pedro del Mar
Cabaret

Carretera del Morro km. 7½

Santiago de Cuba
Tango
Lobby bar

Hotel Carisol-Los Corales

Santiago de Cuba
Tropicana Santiago
Cabaret

Autopista Nacional km. 1 ½

Santiago de Cuba
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