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Avd. de las Américas y Calle M
Santiago de Cuba 90400


N +20º 1' 34.82" / W -75º 48' 38.88"

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Destination information – Meliá Santiago de Cuba

Second most important city in Cuba, birthplace of rum and the island’s main musical genres. It is located in a valley, next to a bay, with the legendary Sierra Maestra as a background, in the southeast of the island, just over 900 km from the International Airport of José Martí in Havana.

A city rich in architecture with stepped streets that go up and down the hill on which it sits. Rhythm, party, carnival…it is the most Caribbean, the most picturesque and the most hospitable of cities.

Its own rhythm, music and cheerfulness is imprinted on its inhabitants; carefree people who are jovial, with an easy smile and always offering warm hospitality.

The combination of features and values of the tourist region of Santiago de Cuba allows you to enjoy the idiosyncrasies, culture, history, nature and beaches of the island’s eastern Caribbean.

This famous province has natural reserves such as: 20 beaches, more than 20 protected areas, 9 managed flora reservations, 2 wildlife refuges, 2 ecological reserves, 2 protected natural landscapes, 3 national parks, 1 managed resource protected area, 50 cave systems and caves, waterfalls, rivers, lagoons, unique natural landscapes, potential natural resources, birdwatching in San Miguel de Parada wildlife refuge, migratory birdwatching (e.g.: Corredor del Águila Pescador, Gran Piedra) and 20 other natural sites.

It also has historical and cultural sites including: museums, national monuments, important historical sites, commemorative buildings, theatres, casas culturales, monumental sculptural complexes, city murals, art galleries, concert halls, excellent places to enjoy traditional music, leisure options and cultural evening programmes, cultural events and traditional, historical, religious and festive celebrations.


The Santiaguero Carnival with its Santiaguera Conga and Chinese cornet, the Fiesta del Fuego, the International Choir Festival, the Son “Miguel Matamoros” Festival, the Trova “Pepe Sánchez” Festival and the Bolero Festival are some of the traditional cultural festivals in Santiago de Cuba, birthplace of Cuban rum aged in oak casks, such as the Havana Club, Matuzalem and Ron Santiago.

The city has the San Pedro de la Roca del Morroy Castle defensive system, declared World heritage Site by UNESCO, and El Cobre Basillica, where you can see the Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre, patron saint of Cuba, crowned by Pope Juan Pablo II and visited by Benedicto XVI in 2012.

Amongst the delights are the first Casa de América of Adelantado Diego Velázquez, the first cathedral in Cuba, the Emilio Bacardí Museum and the "El Cobre" surface mine, and part of the Cimarrón route, established by UNESCO.

The area of the Gran Piedra is really impressive, with the hundreds of French mines, a reminder of the French-Haitian immigration, plus coffee plantations, declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, plus neighbourhoods of the city itself such as El Tivolí, which contains a large number of architecturally and culturally important buildings.

Birthplace of the revolution, the armed struggle began here which led to Cuba’s independence, and is home to the remains of national hero José Martí in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.


The region provides a wide variety of natural resources and protected areas that are home to a number of indigenous species of flora and fauna.

Of the 20 protected areas of the region worth highlighting are:

  • The Pico Turquino National Park (shared with Granma).
  • The Siboney – Justicí Ecological Reserve.
  • The Gran Piedra Protected Natural Landscape.
  • The Gran Piedra Natural Reserve.
  • El Retiro Natural Reserve.
  • The San Miguel de Parada Wildlife Refuge.
  • The managed resource protected area: “Baconao Biosphere Reserve”, supported by UNESCO.

The largest and youngest mountain system of the archipelago is found in Sierra Maestra National Park, with 17 peaks (all over 1,300 metres above sea level), amongst which is Turquino, la the highest peak in the country (1,974 metres).

The Siboney – Justicí Reserve has the hottest cave in Cuba: the Majáes Cave, and the remains of the country’s only underground laboratory.

The Cordillera of La Gran Piedra, with the heaviest rock in the world (75,000 tons), is one of the highest in Cuba and can be explored by car.

The natural beauty of the landscapes combine with the geographical architecture of the bay which surrounds the city with its red roofs and winding streets, protected by the Sierra mountains.

It has the peculiarity of possessing a beautiful coastal landscape with the union of the blue of the Caribbean Sea and the green of La Sierra Maestra, illuminated by the intense tropical sunlight.



As in the rest of the country, the culinary culture of Santiago de Cuba has European, Asian and African influences. It is varied and some of its traditional dishes include:

  • The Creole ajiaco: Delicious soup made from vegetables and different types of meat, including pork and chicken.
  • Roast or fried pork: Cuts of fried pork or roasted in the oven or in a púa. Normally served hot, with a crunchy crackling
  • Tostones or chatinos: Pieces of squashed fried banana
  • Pork chicharrones: Fried crackling with or without the meat
  • Rice with coloured frijoles: Frijoles stew served with white rice
  • Yuca with mojo: Boiled cassava and seasoned with sour orange mojo and garlic
  • Jigote: Seasoned chicken broth, with small cuts of the meat
  • Las hayacas: Cake made from corn dough seasoned with beef, pork or chicken stew and wrapped in a triangular banana leaf or the corn leaf itself



Amongst the places of interest in Santiago de Cuba are:

  • Important museums and historical places: the Piracy Museum, La Isabélica, the Provincial Emilio Bacardí, the Histórico 26 de Julio (Moncada barrocks), the Siboney farm.
  • El Cobre Sanctuary.
  • The Casa de la Música de Santiago.
  • The Gran Piedra.
  • Baconao Park, with aquarium and dolphinarium, and the Valley of Prehistory.
  • Tropicana Santiago and San Pedro del Mar Cabarets.
  • The Teatro Heredia.



  • Visit El Cobre Sanctuary.
  • Visit museums and historic and cultural centres.
  • Enjoy a concert at the Teatro Heredia.
  • Go to Baconao Park.
  • Go up Gran Piedra.
  • Birdwatching.
  • Have a swim at the beaches.
  • Climb Pico Turquino.
  • Dance salsa and Cuban timba at a night club.

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