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Santiago de Cuba Guide

The most Caribbean city in Cuba

Between the waters of the bay and the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, Santiago de Cuba vibrates to the beats of Cuban music and the best Cuban rum. Its heroic past and renowned hospitality make it a city that you must not miss.


Santiago: the heart of Cuban trova

Every night the Casa de la Trova opens its doors to present an authentic Cuban music experience. The city is the birthplace of some of the iconic musical styles on the island and the trova is one of them. Pepe Sánchez, Ñico Saquito, Sindo Garay or Compay Segundo are just some of the names that brought prestige to this tradition. In the evening you can enjoy the rhythm and beats of the traditional trova up close, as well as meeting the artists while you savour a typical Santiago rum.

Cayo Granma and the art of fishing

A typical trip in Santiago is to take one of the small boats across the bay to Cayo Granma. The islet has long been home to a community of fishermen, who jealously guard their traditions and values. In addition to the interesting architecture of the key's houses, this spot is renowned for its close relationship with the sea and the countless tales of its inhabitants.

The Steel Band in El Cobre

The surrounding areas of the town of El Cobre are full of cultural fusion. Migrants from other Caribbean islands settled in the area, bringing with them their own beliefs, culture and musical instruments. As part of this legacy, the town has its own unique Steel Band, made up of descendants from both the Cayman Islands and Cuba, united by art and the desire to perfect one of the most authentically Caribbean sounds.

The famous Santiago festivities

In Cuba, people often say that there is no carnival like carnival in Santiago. Along with the traditional summer heat, July brings a packed agenda of celebrations to the most Caribbean city in Cuba. The programme begins with the Fire Festival, one of the most important cultural festivals in the region. Towards the end of the month the Carnival begins with days of pure enjoyment in which city residents and visitors celebrate to the rhythm of the Santiago conga.


As evening falls, every corner becomes a space for chatting or singing. Visitors will enjoy the Casa de la Trova, the most famous venue for traditional music, and the Iris Jazz Club. The Tropicana Santiago cabaret is also highly recommended. The Meliá Santiago de Cuba hotel awaits travellers seeking a serene evening in the Bello Bar with a lovely terrace and panoramic views. The "Santiago Café" Ballroom guarantees a good few hours of music and fun.
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Velázquez Balcony

Tivoli District

The Troubadour's House

Castle of San Pedro de la Roca (El Morro)

Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

Moncada Barracks

Padre Pico Steps

Ave del Paraíso Botanical Garden

La Gran Piedra (The Great Stone)

Loma de San Juan

Carnival Museum

Rum Museum

Emilio Bacardí Museum

Céspedes Park and surrounding areas

Plaza de la Revolución Square

Plaza de Marte

Plaza Dolores

Port of Santiago de Cuba

Remains of the coffee plantations

Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Teatro Heredia

Tumba Francesa

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