Visit Old Havana Colonial Buildings, museums, bars and restaurants Old Havana or Habana Vieja is the Old quarter of Havana, founded by the Spanish in 1519 and constructed around the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. A major mooring point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons that crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean between the New World and the Old World. In the 17th century it was one of the main shipbuilding centers of the new world hosting a massive shipyard to both build new and repair old vessels from the Spanish fleets. In 1982, La Habana Vieja was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, primarily for its well preserved colonial architecture and historic significance. Since that time Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler and his team at OHC (Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad de La Habana) have tirelessly renovated Old Havana building by building to bring it back to its past splendor. See our impressive list of Hotels and Casa Particulares in Old Havana
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At just over 1234 meters (4000 Feet) above sea level La Gran Piedra in Santiago de Cuba†is accessed by†459 step climb to the “The Big Rock” or, in Spanish, La Gran Piedra. The viewing platform at its peak†guarantees a cooler climate to help you freshen up after the onslaught of step after step. Even though the climb sounds fearful, it takes no more than 20 minutes but, do bring some comfortable shoes along. Legend has it that on a clear [...]
The Parque de Baconao just outside Santiago de Cuba is a must for families with children. Large stone life-size animals such as dinosaurs and modern creatures litter this beautiful park called the Valle de la Prehistoria Park or Prehistoric Valley. Close by you will also find a small car museum with some old relics from the 30s, 40s and 50s. There's also an aquarium with dolphins and other marine creatures. As a whole day out for the family, there's a [...]
If there's any place in Cuba with significant importance in the country's recent history, it has to be the Moncada Barracks. The Moncada Barracks were an important military stronghold for the Batista government in Santiago de Cuba and, a†historic site†which marked the start of the Cuban revolution. On July 26, 1953, the Moncada Barracks became the site of the now infamous armed attack by a small group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro and his now president, brother, Raul Castro. [...]
San Pedro de la Roca Castle or, as its known locally, El Morro de Santiago de Cuba, is a similar fortifaction to the El Morro Castle in Havana which was designed primarily as a fortress to protect the harbor mouth against pirates and other unwelcome guests. Designed in 1637 by Giovanni Battista Antonelli, a military engineer from Milan, the Morro was self sustainable due to its large warehouse accessible directly by ships, cut directly into the rock along the flank [...]
Address: Alturas De Quintero Km 1 1/2, Santiago de Cuba As a budget hotel, Hotel Rancho Club Santiago de Cuba is pretty hard to match in Cuba’s second largest city. If your plan is to visit the historic city of Santiago de Cuba but prefer to put expensive accommodation money towards a better tour of the area, then the Hotel Rancho Club Santiago de Cuba is an ideal 2 star choice. Hotel Rancho Club Santiago de Cuba is just 10 [...]
Address: Calle del Cristo and Boca, Trinidad Since 1986 the National Museum of the struggle against what the Castro's call Bandits has housed photos, maps, weapons and other paraphernalia relating [...]
Address: Calle Desengano # 83, Trinidad Museum of Colonial Architecture in Trinidad displays architectural and interior decorating details from the periods of the 18th and 19th centuries, and has a [...]