Santiago de Cuba, located on the southeast end of the island, was the starting point of the Cuban Revolution and is currently the second largest city in Cuba. With its beautiful plazas spilling over with a colorful musical tradition, this city is unlike any other. Due to its blend of cultures – Spanish conquistadors, pirates, French planters and Haitian settlers – Santiago de Cuba has a distinctive Caribbean spirit that is felt in its art and music.
The colonial homes of Parque Cespedes, the historic Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the Basílica Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre and UNESCO World Heritage site San Pedro de la Roca Castle all call this city home. Outside the city lies beautiful scenery such as Pico Turquino, Cuba’s highest peak in the Sierra Maestra Mountains; the Coastal Santiago-Pilón, a scenic highway exploring mountains, beaches and sea; and the UNESCO-recognized Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations.
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Ronda’s Travel Corner, February 10, 2017