Santiago de Cuba attractions

Top Choice Fort in Santiago de Cuba

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro

A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, the San Pedro fort sits impregnably atop a 60m-high promontory at the entrance to Santiago harbor, 10km southwest of the city. The stupendous views from the upper terrace tak…
Top Choice Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba

Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

Nestled peacefully on the city's western extremity, the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia is second only to Havana's Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón in its importance and grandiosity. Created in 1868 to accommodate the victims o…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Cuba

Cuartel Moncada

Santiago's famous Moncada Barracks, a crenellated art-deco building completed in 1938, is now synonymous with one of history's greatest failed putsches. Moncada earned immortality on July 26, 1953, when more than 10…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Cuba

Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano

The oldest house still standing in Cuba, this arresting early colonial abode dating from 1522 was the official residence of the island's first governor, Diego Velázquez. Restored in the late 1960s, the Andalusian-st…
Top Choice Church in Santiago de Cuba

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Santiago's most important church is stunning both inside and out. There has been a cathedral on this site since the city's inception in the 1520s, though a series of pirate raids, earthquakes and dodgy architects pu…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Cuba

Museo de la Lucha Clandestina

This gorgeous yellow colonial-style building houses a museum detailing the underground struggle against Batista in the 1950s. It's a fascinating, if bloody, story enhanced by far-reaching views from the balcony. Acr…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Cuba

Museo Municipal Emilio Bacardí Moreau

Narrow Pío Rosado links Calle Heredia to Calle Aguilera and the fabulous Grecian facade of the Bacardí Museum. Founded in 1899 by the rum-magnate war hero and city mayor, Emilio Bacardí y Moreau (the palatial buildi…
Museum in Santiago de Cuba

Moncada Museum

The museum inside the Cuartel Moncada is the best in town and one of the best in Cuba. Sometimes gory exhibits catalogue the details of the 1953 attack by Fidel Castro on the barracks.
Gardens in Santiago de Cuba

Jardín de los Helechos

This peaceful garden is a lush haven of 350 types of ferns and 90 types of orchids. It's the erstwhile private collection of santiagüero Manuel Caluff, donated in 1984 to the Academia de Ciencias de Cuba (Cuban Acad…
Park in Santiago de Cuba

Parque Alameda

Below the Tivolí quarter, this narrow park embellishes a dockside promenade opened in 1840 and redesigned in 1893. Recent refurbishment for the 2015 quincentennial has made it the center of the Malecón (boardwalk) i…