Castillo del Morro Santiago Bay Cespedes Park Santiago at night Tropicana Cabaret
Castillo del Morro1 Santiago Bay2 Cespedes Park3 Santiago at night4 Tropicana Cabaret5

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Santiago de Cuba is Caribbean cultural hotspot, with a vibrant nightlife.
Founded by conquistador Diego Velazquez de Cuellar in 1514, the starting point of the expeditions led by Juan de Grijalba and Hernan Cortes, the first cathedral was built in 1528, until 1589 Santiago was the capital of the Spanish Colony of Cuba.
Today Santiago de Cuba is known for a distinctly Caribbean spirit, and for its vibrant musical tradition. Easy going juvenile people are making the city Santiago very unique place. Likewise, the high mountain and the Caribbean Sea the perfect condition for adventure and ecotourism. Santiago is the second more inhabited city in Cuba, is considered to be the one of the most Caribbean cities.
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Santiago Attractions:
Cespedes Park with Cathedral church, Diego Velazquez house and museum. Padre Pico and Heredia streets and beautiful Plaza Dolores.

Near Santiago:
El Morro fortress, National Park Baconao, La Gran Piedra mountain 1227m above the sea. El Salton beautiful water fall.
Sierra Maestra Mountains are truly impressive.

Fortress of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, and the ruins of French coffee plantations UNESCO declared world cultural heritage.

Night Diving near Santiago
play video Santiago Reefs

Santiago de Cuba is well known for its distinctive culture, famous musicians: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Eliades Ochoa whom participated in the Buena Vista Social Club.
Traditional music is played in the streets and parks on a congas and trumpets.

Traditional dance

Basilica of El Cobre Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity, the patron saint of Cuba, whom Pope John Paul II crowned during his visit to Cuba in January 1998. Recently visited by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2012.

Basilica El Cobre

 Hotels in the city       Price per person, for double room occupancy.
Hotel MELIA SANTIAGO MELIA SANTIAGO   5 Stars Select Hotel
At the heart of the most Caribbean city, has modern elegantly designe rooms, large swimming pool, sauna, tennis, nightclub.
Hotel CASA GRANDA CASA GRANDA  4 Stars Select Hotel
Situated in Cespedes park historical center. Has a large patio cafe, roof bar with view on the park and the sea, rooms are very cozy.
HOTEL SAN JUAN SAN JUAN  3 Stars Select Hotel
Situated in La Loma de San Juan, surrounded by palm trees and flowers, has an large swimming pool and the restaurant.
HOTEL LOS AMERICAS LOS AMERICAS  3 Stars Select Hotel
Centrally located near all the attractions, comfortable and friendly hotel, a good place to stay, attractive gardens and swimming pool.
HOTEL VILLA GAVIOTA VILLA GAVIOTA  3 Stars Select Hotel
Located near cultural and historical centre of Santiago. Exuberant gardens resemble oasis inside the city, hotel has swimming pool.
HOTEL VERSALLES VERSALLES  3 Stars Select Hotel
Situated close to Santiago airport, comfortable accommodation. Panoramic views of the bay and mountains, has swimming pool.
HOTEL SAN BASILIO SAN BASILIO  3 Stars Select Hotel
Situated close to Cespedes park near the historical centre. Newly renovated, hotel offers familiar environment and kind service.
HOTEL LIBERTAD LIBERTAD  2 Stars Select Hotel
Situated in Plaza de Marte heart of Santiago. Hotel served as slave trade during colonial times, has lobby bar and large rooftop terrace.
Hotel Libertad

 Beach Hotels near Santiago         Price per person, for double room occupancy.
BRISAS SIERRA MAR BRISAS SIERRA MAR  4 Stars Select Hotel  Diving center
All inclusive beach resort, 60 km from Santiago at the foothills of the mountain. Comfortable airconditioned rooms, safe, phone and TV.
CLUB AMIGO CARISOL LOS CORALES CLUB AMIGO CARISOL  3 Stars Select Hotel
All-inclusive hotel on the beach just 2 km from Baconao aquarium. Airconditioned rooms with safe, minibar, phone and satellite TV.
CLUB BUCANERO CLUB BUCANERO  3 Stars Select Hotel   Diving center
All inclusive on the beach in Baconao Park, 28 km from Santiago.
Fully equipped, panoramic wiev on the sea, Scuba Diving Center.
  Eco Hotels in the mountain
HOTEL LA GRAN PIEDRA LA GRAN PIEDRA  2 Stars Select Hotel
Situated at Gran Piedra National Park, 25 km from Santiago.
In the mountains excellent accommodation for nature lovers.
HOTEL EL SALTON EL SALTON  2 Stars Select Hotel
Situated in a green valley between the Sierra Maestra mountains.
For tourist who want to enjoy nature at a peacefull environment.
Plaza Dolores

Festival del Caribe in July, 2014   play video Festival del Fuego
Parade of Festival del Fuego, one of the biggest parties in Cuba, Santiago's popular event Fire Festival a street party of dance and folklore. It celebrate annually in July, Fiesta del Fuego taken all the streets of the city until the morning’s hours.
Week long festival that celebrates music and dance from all over the Caribbean, dedicated to strengthening ties between the Caribbean nations. It features free outdoor concerts, parades of spectacularly attired dancers.

Carnival Santiago in July, 2014   play video Carnivals of Santiago
The Carnival is the largest, most famous and most traditional carnival in Cuba. It is an explosion of colour, contagious drum lively Afro-Cuban rhythms, dance and music. It is a time for Cubans to gather and remember their roots and culture.

El Cobre town was founded in 1550 as a Spanish copper mine, worked by slaves and Indians, in 1608 two Indians and a slave boy were gathering salt on the coast near El Cobre when they saw something floating in the water. It was a small statue of the Virgin Mary, carrying the Christ child and a gold cross. She floated on a board bearing the inscription, Yo soy la Virgen de la Caridad, I am the Virgin of Charity.
Since then, the Virgin has continued to assist her people and has been credited with countless miracles. In 1731, when an attempt was made to reintroduce slavery, she became a symbol of emancipation for one of Cuba's largest slave insurrections, at the end slaves were declared free. In 1916, Pope visited the shrine of the Virgin of Charity and declared her patron saint of Cuba, in 1927 Basilica El Cobre was built.