Santiago de Cuba



Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city of Cuba and capital city of Santiago de Cuba province in the south-eastern area of the island, some 540 miles (870 km) south-east of the Cuban capital of Havana. Santiago de Cuba is well known for its cultural life. Some of Cuba's most famous musicians, including Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Eliades Ochoa (all of whom participated in the Buena Vista Social Club) and trova composer Ñico Saquito (Benito Antonio Fernández Ortiz) were born in the city of Santiago de Cuba or in one of the villages surrounding it. 


Entertainment can be experienced in a variety of ways in Santiago de Cuba.  Your ears may find comfort in the Casa de Las Tradiciones, a venue of the Trivoli neighborhood where Cuba's finest musicians gather for improvisation; in Paladar Salon Tropical, where main dishes of the national cuisine arrive in generous portions. The gentile Tivolí district, some of Santiago de Cuba's most exciting ensembles, singers and soloists take turn improvising. Friday nights are reserved for straight-up, classic trova, at la Ñico Saquito.


Tourism activities include:

  • San Pedro del Morro Castle
  • Cemetery of Santa Ifigenia
  • Historical museum of July 26
  • Revolution Square