1 Museo Ambiente Histórico Cubano

Stuffed full of colonial treasures from the sixteenth century onwards, Diego Velázquez’s former residence is an unmissable treat.

2 Santiago’s summer festivals

The city’s musical joie de vivre is summed up in a cacophony of salsa, trova, conga and fabulous costumes at its double summertime fiesta bill.

3 El Castillo del Morro San Pedro de la Roca

An impressive seventeenth-century stone fortress, built on a cliff outside Santiago to ward off pirates.

4 Hotel Casa Granda

Presiding over Santiago’s main park, the rooftop bar of this historic hotel is a perfect spot to soak up the city’s atmosphere.

5 Santiago’s Casa de la Trova

An atmospheric music house thrumming with authentic Cuban sounds.

6 Comandancia de La Plata

A trek through verdant peaks of the Sierra Maestra to the rebels’ mountain base brings the 1959 revolution to colourful life.

7 Playa Las Coloradas

The site where the Granma yacht deposited Fidel, Che and the other revolutionaries at the inception of the struggle is both a historic and scenic pleasure.

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