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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 Cuban in Santiago de Cuba

Roy's Terrace Inn Roof Garden Restaurant

If only the rest of Cuba could harness this formula: quality homemade food, caring service and excellent atmosphere. Reserve one day ahead for one of only six rooftop tables surrounded by tumbling flowers in candlel…
Top Choice Live Music in Santiago de Cuba

Casa de las Tradiciones

The most discovered 'undiscovered' spot in Santiago still retains its smoke-filled, foot-stomping, front-room feel. Hidden in the gentile Tivolí district, some of Santiago de Cuba's most exciting ensembles, singers …
Top Choice Culture in Santiago de Cuba

Carnaval

One of the largest and most authentic in the Caribbean, Santiago de Cuba's version of Carnaval lets loose with fantastic costumes, food stalls, and music round the clock. The whole city spills out onto the streets t…
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 International in Santiago de Cuba

St Pauli

In a city of no great culinary tradition, St Pauli arrived like a hurricane. Walk the long mural decorated corridor off Calle Saco to a bright room featuring blackboard menus and a glass-wall kitchen. Everything is …