Santiago de Cuba was founded in 1515 by Governor Diego Velazquez. The King of Spain made it the capital of the island in 1522, and it remained the capital until 1553.
This is the Cuban city with the greatest Caribbean flavor, and it hosts many popular festivities. It is also distinguished by having been the scene of important events in Cuba's history and by being the place where the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Cuba's patron saint, is venerated with the most fervor.
You can book hotels in Santiago de Cuba, city hotels, beach hotels or in the countryside, and you can rent A car in several hotels of the city.
Santiago has the infrastructure for conference and congress tourism. The adjacent mountains and sea are ideal for ecotourism and adventures, water sports, cruise ship tourism and health tourism.
When visiting Santiago de Cuba, be sure to stroll through its streets, to see the friendship and contagious enthusiasm of the people who live here. Either of its two main arteries, Enramada and Aguilera Streets, will take you from the Plaza de Marte (parade ground) to Cespedes Park, the heart of the city.
Magical Santiago de Cuba was the birthplace of the bolero, the conga and the son. Several cultures blended in this city to give it a distinctive culture of its own. Racial mixing-Spanish, black and French-is more clearly seen here than in the rest of the country.