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Santiago de Cuba was founded in 1515 by Governor Diego Velazquez. The King of Spain made it the capital of the island in 1522, and it remained the capital until 1553.

This is the Cuban city with the greatest Caribbean flavor, and it hosts many popular festivities. It is also distinguished by having been the scene of important events in Cuba's history and by being the place where the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Cuba's patron saint, is venerated with the most fervor.


To Santiago de Cuba are usually applied two characteristics that make it unique: its friendly, happy and helping people and its historic and cultural heritage. Its Caribbean identity can be noticed in the music and folklore


The city has a title that is Hero of the Republic of Cuba for the role played by its people during the 1950's revolutionary struggles. As a tourist destination, it has incomparable possibilities to enjoy of beaches, city and nature and for the wealth of the three sites. In those areas there is a growing development of event tourism, in both the cultural and commercial aspect of it. Santiago de Cuba is bounded by Holguin province to the north, to the west by Granma province, to the south by the Caribbean Sea and to the east by Guantanamo province. The area of the province is 6 343.21 square km. You can arrive in Santiago at the "Antonio Maceo" International Airport. Using the roads from any other place in Cuba and using the sea by the Punta Gorda Marina. For those arriving at Santiago de Cuba, there are several lodging options in the city and surroundings, both related to sea and nature. It will always be a guarantee for visitors looking for quiet and comfort. Santiago de Cuba has been privileged by its historical evolution. In the city are located two of the Cuban sites honored by the UNESCO with World's Heritage titles: The San Pedro de la Roca (el Morro) castle and the ruins of the first French coffee plantations at La Gran Piedra.


Céspedes Park is, without a doubt, the heart of the only Hero City of the Republic of Cuba, scenario on July 26 of 1953 of the attack on the Moncada Garrison, action that set the start of the last stage of the national liberation war. This is also the place where the remains of the National Hero, José Martí, lay in an impressive funeral monument of the Cemetery of Santa Ifigenia.


Around 15 museums, including Bacardí –the first one built in the country; the paternity of two popular and transcendental musical rhythms: Son and Bolero; the prestigious institution of Orfeón Santiago; the fidelity to artistic expressions like Contredanse (which is said came as French and became Cuban), and the best carnival of the island; are cultural treasures jealously preserved, but also pleasantly shared with visitors, because Santiago is, above all, a city of open and cordial people.


All of them are part of the region's attractions along with Granma Key and Baconao Park. There are many other things that make the people of Santiago to be full of pride: to be the cradle of almost all Cuban musical genres par excellence in a country where music is the soul and root of everything and its rum.


The Santiago de Cuba region has also a sea and mountain environment which are all the necessary conditions to develop nature and adventure tourism, trekking, sea related activities and health tour-ism. But there is nothing compared to walk-ing its streets full of history and music.





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