If anything distinguishes Santiago de Cuba is its rich history and culture, these attributes can be well used by the traveler in this Caribbean city, with themed tours where you can enjoy the most native and genuine culture of this city, and contact the main values of this destination that make him a cultural historic square the best of Cuba. You can also share and enjoy the hospitality of the people of Santiago, for which we recommend staying at Casa Nivia in the city center and close to the Céspedes Park, the heart of the city.
If your tour in Santiago it starts early in the morning, a good option is to move about 24 km from the city to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, patroness of Cuba and must visit site for all who come to this destination. Place visited by two Pope and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Cuba.
Copper, founded in 1599, and declared a National Monument Cultural Landscape in March 2012, not only is known for its miraculous virgin site that receives thousands of visitors each year. In this area are the mines were open pit copper oldest in America and you can see from the park sanctuary.
From here you have a visual on Cimarron Memorial, monument paying tribute to repeated slave uprisings occurred in this region, being that of July 24, 1731 one of the most important slave protests in the history of Cuba.
Back in Santiago we recommend visiting the cemetery Saint Iphigenia, National Monument, site where the remains of National Hero José Martí, and important personalities in the history and culture of Cuba.
Going more to the heart of the city of Santiago de Cuba, visit the Emilio Bacardi Museum, National Monument, and one of the most emblematic of the city, is named after former Prime mayor of the city and its founder. This facility is a significant example of urban historic center of Santiago de Cuba, is distinguished by its eclectic facade decorated with neoclassical elements. The century-old institution has three exhibition halls: Art, History and Archaeology. It was designed by architect Carlos Segrera, founded from the February 12, 1899.
Continue your walk and reach the former Moncada Barracks National Monument, today July 26 City School, named in honor of the events on that date, where Fidel Castro in front of a group of patriots attacked what was at that time the second country’s military strength.
In the post three in the fortress is a museum that commemorates the events of July 26, 1953. The important treasures collection pieces and documents the events of the morning of the Santa Ana
In the late centennial gift, enjoy a performance of the Tumba Francesa la Caridad de Oriente, this cultural society reaches our days through family heritage, preserved and transmitted as authentic treasure from generation to generation. It is a manifestation musician would dance which traces its origins to the distant eighteenth century (February 24, 1862).
In this form of artistic expression, the African slave rhythms merged with French Caribbean dances, words and even how to dress hierarchical organization of the master. A Cuba came from Haiti and appears on the plantations of the east of the island, which evolves to adopt different structures that crystallize in the way society is now known.
The Tumba Francesa retains genuine musical instruments, dances, touch, and songs of ancestors, in addition to the culinary customs, statutes and spiritual precepts originating. Their drums, built by African hands, have more than a century.
They are one of the most important jewels in the range of expressions and manifestations Cultural Heritage Location Cuban Culture legitimate status in 2003 when declared “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage by UNESCO.”
The picturesque city tour of Santiago it should be done in more than one day. Continue to the neighborhood of Punta Gorda, on the banks of the bay across to Cayo Granma, tiny island two thousand square meters in the middle of Santiago Bay today is a fishing community, jovial and friendly people. In this location it finds the best restaurant for seafood restaurant in the city, in a cool and quiet with an amazing view of castle San Pedro de la Roca, strength, declared in 1997 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Following the traces of time prevails visit the Castle of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro or Castle as it is known by the people of Santiago. Site which is one of the symbols of the city, recognized by UNESCO in 1997 for being the most complete and best preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture.
Inside the fort are two museums one dedicated to piracy in the Caribbean, a room for the naval battle of Santiago de Cuba.
Nothing like a show at the Great Hall of the Casa de la Trova Pepe Sanchez, first of its kind in Cuba, where you can enjoy the best of traditional Cuban music. An encounter with the best of the genre, which is considered the main square of the city musical flagship site of the nation’s musical history.
Continuing the journey in the most Caribbean of Cuban cities, travelers can visit one of the most iconic and oldest churches in the city, the church of San Francisco.
There in Santiago emblematic neighborhoods with hundreds of years who treasure a rich history and culture, not least, as is the case in the neighborhood of Tivoli, where it melts itself cultural syncretism and ethnic exchanges of Cuban nationality.
Among the main attractions of Tivoli, is the most famous street of Cuba staggered, Padre Pico, and gateway to this neighborhood.
This street has 52 steps, grouped into 13 blocks of 4 steps each, and 12 breaks, was built in 1899 under the auspices of the mayor Emilio Bacardi, giving in this way, to the city of one of its symbols unmistakable.
Place where born musician and composer Miguel Matamoros and the famous painter Michelangelo Bolatin.
Other attractions in the vicinity are the House of Traditions and the Museum of the Underground, National Monument.
This French Quarter, on top of the city, was a symbol in the future of the town.
When you finish this route, breathe deep and feel that your lungs are filled with culture, because these things happen here, and out of nowhere, in this charming city, a cornerstone in the formation of the Cuban nationality and culture.