Maps of Cuba.
Santiago de Cuba
In 1515, Don Diego Velázquez found the village of Santiago de Cuba, in one of the most protected bay in the island. With the course of the years arrived to this territory multiple migrations from different parts of the cuban archipelago, transforming the city in the most caribbean of all the cuban cities. Santiago is a possessor of a rich spiritual life. Here you can find the sanctuary of the Caridad del Cobre virgin (The Cuban Patron), one of the most popular center of adoration in Cuba
Santiago, is the second inhabited city in the country. It was the residence of the spanish governor until the middle of the 16th century, when was transfered to Havana. Its port was one of the most important points of arrive emigrations from the old continent. In its bay was surrendered the spanish ship float in 1898 by the northamerican float and this fact marked the exit of Spain from the island to began a United States domination. The neuralgic center of the city is the Cespedes Park, where is settled the cathedral, the city council and the house of Diego Velazques, also very near it can be find the Trovas' house. Another important places that you don't forget to visit is the Moncada quarters, today without the presence of militaries shelter a museum and a school. Outside the city it can be find the castle of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro.
Santiago was the city where born the son and bolero, two important gender of the Cuban music. It is one of the city most happy in the island, where the most popular carnivals in the country take place. Among the many natural attractive that have this land, are the Sierra Maestra, the most important mountain range in the country, where it can be find the biggest rock in Cuba known as La Gran Piedra. At the east it is located the major National Park of the territory, Baconao, which had been declared a Biosphere Reserve. Besides Santiago, have the most warm beaches in the island.