Eastern Cuba

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  • 1. Basilica del Cobre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After a drive through the countryside west of Santiago you'll see the red-tile tower of La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre...Read More

  • 2. Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

    Cemetery

    This well-kept cemetery is home to the majestic mausoleum of the great poet-patriot in the wars of independence, José Martí. The structure is...Read More

  • 3. Loma de la Cruz

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    If you're up to the ascent, exactly 456 steps lead up to the Loma de la Cruz, a hill named for the large white cross that has graced it since...Read More

  • 4. Antiguo Cuartel Moncada

    Museum/Gallery

    If you have an interest in all things revolutionary, a visit to the Moncada Barracks is a must, because here's where it all started. On July...Read More

  • 5. Balcón de Velázquez

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This ceramic-tiled terrace is all that remains of a fort once used by authorities to monitor boat traffic. It's a great place to linger while...Read More

  • 6. Banes

    Town/Village

    Guardalavaca is part of the county of Banes (pronounced BAH-nays ). Castro married his first wife at the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad...Read More

  • 7. Calle Padre Pico

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    The climb up the stone steps to this street will reward you with more than just dramatic views. It's part of the Tivoli neighborhood, where...Read More

  • 8. Casa de Diego Velázquez

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Constructed in 1516, this structure is reputed to be Cuba's oldest house, although many historians now doubt that claim. First or not, it is...Read More

  • 9. Casa Natal Calixto García

    Museum/Gallery

    The Casa Natal Calixto García contains some of the belongings of General Calixto García, a local patriot. It's worth a visit if you're an aficionado...Read More

  • 10. Casa Natal de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes

    Museum/Gallery

    This two-story house on the north side of Parque Céspedes is the birthplace of Céspedes himself. It has been a museum since 1968, the centennial...Read More

  • 11. Casa Natal de José María Heredia

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This Spanish-colonial mansion was the birthplace of poet José María Heredia, who, because of his pro-independence writings, is considered Cuba...Read More

  • 12. Castillo del Morro

    Military Site

    The Spanish fortress known as El Morro, south of Santiago, was constructed between 1638 and 1700 and was designed by Giovanni Antonelli, the...Read More

  • 13. Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The twin towers and central dome of Santiago's Neoclassical cathedral loom over the southern edge of Parque Céspedes. Because this area is atop...Read More

  • 14. Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Parque Independencia is home to the Baracoa's cathedral, built in 1833. The church is best known for preserving the Cruz de la Parra that...Read More

  • 15. El Castillo de Seboruco

    Hotel–Sight

    This fortress, which now houses the Hotel El Castillo, dominates a hill overlooking Baracoa. Although construction on it started in 1739, the...Read More

  • 16. Fábrica de Ron Caney

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Cuba's oldest rum distillery, the former Bacardí family enterprise, now makes the Caney, Santiago, and Varadero brand rums. The on-site shop...Read More

  • 17. Finca Duaba

    Farm/Ranch

    You can get a taste of country life at this replica of a typical Cuban plantation. A tour takes you past mango and coconut trees as well as...Read More

  • 18. Fuerte de la Punta

    Military Site

    Baracoa's third fortress, Fuerte de la Punta, was built in 1803 on a spit of land over the entrance to the bay. The fortress now contains the...Read More

  • 19. Fuerte Matachín

    Museum/Gallery

    One of Baracoa's three fortresses, Fuerte Matachín, was completed in 1802. Today it houses the Museo Histórico Matachín, whose displays discuss...Read More

  • 20. La Demajagua

    Museum/Gallery

    In the sugar country outside Manzanillo this farm is where poet, patriot, and cane farmer Carlos Manuel de Céspedes freed his slaves and called...Read More

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