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Santiago De Cuba

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Cuba's most Caribbean and musical city

Santiago de Cuba might be the island’s second largest city, but it’s probably best that you don’t mention that while you’re there.

While only a fraction of the size of Havana, the citizens of Santiago de Cuba are fiercely proud of their city and, in many ways – be it ethnicity, traditions or temperament – very different.

More ethnically mixed than other parts of the island, Santiago de Cuba could be considered as the New Orleans of Cuba, notable as much for its rich cultural heritage of music and dance as it is for its equally varied architectural styles.

For those with an interest in modern Cuban history, Santiago de Cuba is regarded as the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution and visits to both the Moncada Barracks (where the Revolution began) and City Hall (where Fidel Castro declared final victory) are a must for enthusiasts.

Beyond The Ordinary arrange fully bonded, tailor made holidays and tours to Cuba. Contact one of our experts on 01580 764796, email or contact us via our website.

Other notable attractions in and around the city include the old Bacardi factory and museum, Parque Cespedes, the first Cathedral in Cuba and Morro Castle (aka San Pedro de la Roca fort) which protects the entrance to the bay.

The wider province of Santiago de Cuba is also home to some of Cuba’s most dramatic scenery in and around the Sierra Maestra although opportunities for exploring it are, for now at least, frustratingly undeveloped. One such attraction that can be easily visited is La Gran Piedra, high in the hills to the east of the city.

If you wish to include Santiago de Cuba in your holiday plans and aren’t sure how, please visit our Itineraries page where there are a number of examples, both of small group, escorted tours and tailor made ideas.

For clients on a tailor made holiday to Santiago, there are also a number of pre-bookable Trips (excursions) that we can offer.

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