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  • Colonial Fortress: San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro

    San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro

    • Destination: Santiago de Cuba
    • Open: Daily
    • Address: Castillo San Pedro de la Roca, El Morro. Santiago de Cuba. Cuba
    • Telephone: 53 22 691569
  • Description

    The Legendary Castle of San Pedro de la Roca and El Morro Castle, as it is popularly known, is among the most colorful and attractive places of the most Caribbean of all Cuban cities, Santiago de Cuba. Declared by UNESCO in 1998 as a World Heritage Site with origins dating back to the distant 1638. Its construction was carried out in order to protect the city of Santiago de Cuba from naval attacks of the enemies of the Spanish Corana, mission accomplished despite many attempts to conquer it. The Fort Santiago is named after then Governor of the Spanish colonial villa, Pedro de la Roca y Borja who ordered its construction in 1633. He was the designer of the prestigious Italian military engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli, who at 74 meters above sea level began his impressive work. Many stories encloses El Morro Castle, which over more than 363 years, was recognized for outstanding historical and architectural values, as well as being the most extensive and complete example of the principles of military engineering in the Renaissance Caribbean. Merits so that was declared in July 1988 as a World Heritage Site. Today, its solid walls house the Museum of Piracy, its rooms also reflects the main events connected with the naval battle of Santiago de Cuba, episode of the Spanish-Cuban-American in 1898 and photographs related to the events of Maine , the Spanish and U.S. military leaders, Admiral Pascual Cervera and Vice Admiral Sampson and planes and coastal defenses and batteries of El Morro. The whole complex is of considerable attraction for domestic and foreign visitors in large number flock to the place. At dusk, every day, is made in the traditional ceremony Castillo mambí gun, visually stunning spectacle. The Morro Catillo as it is known in the Caribbean Cuban city, 363 years after defiantly stands as a bulwark defender had Santiago and its people, recognizing him as one of their most cherished symbols. With the high recognition from UNESCO this institution honors the longstanding Caribbean city and its inhabitants, who are committed to ensuring this important always zealously site and preserve it for future generations.

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  • Airports next to San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro
  • Santiago de Cuba Airport

    The airport has a drawing of Che Guevara on one of its outside walls. Pope John Paul II flew to this airport during his last visit to Cuba, flying round-trip between here and José Martí International Airport in Havana. Likewise, Pope Benedict XVI, during the second papal visit to Cuba, flew here for Mass and other activities, from his visit to León and Guanajuato in Mexico, before moving on to Havana. The airport is basically a turbo-prop centre. Nevertheless, Jet aircraft also fly to this airport. Most commercial flights into SCU are domestic, but there are about twenty international flights each week; while these international flights are done mostly by domestic airlines, the international routes have nevertheless awakened the interest of some foreign airlines that might open flights into this airport in the future. Antonio Maceo Airport (IATA: SCU, ICAO: MUCU) is an international airport located in Santiago, Cuba

  • Car Rental offices next to San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro Colonial Fortress
  • Car Rental office Aeropuerto Internacional de Santiago de Cuba

    Aeropuerto de Santiago de Cuba
    022686161 3km 355m

    Car Rental office Aeropuerto Santiago de Cuba

    Avenida Eduardo Chivaz, km 2 Santiago de Cuba
    022687018 3km 355m

    Car Rental office Hotel Casagranda

    Calle Herredia, entre San Pedro y San Felix, Santiago de Cuba
    022686107 7km 306m

    Car Rental office Trocha y Moro

    Trocha y Moro. Santiago de Cuba
    022686001 7km 704m

    Car Rental office Hotel Melia Santiago de Cuba

    Ave de las Americas, Santiago de Cuba
    022687177 9km 008m

  • Restaurants next to San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro Colonial Fortress
  • Cayo Granma

    Cayo Granma Bahia de Santiago, Santiago de Cuba
    (5322) 690109 1km 116m

    International Restaurant Casa Granda

    Hotel Casa Granda, Santiago de Cuba
    322 653021 7km 303m

    Roof Garden

    Heredia y San Pedro, Hotel Casagranda No. 658, Plaza de Marte, Santiago de Cuba
    (5322) 653021 7km 306m


    Calvario e/ Aguilera y Enramadas, Santiago de Cuba
    (5322) 686459 7km 503m

    La Maison

    Ave. Manduley e/ 1ra. y 3ra., Rpto. Vista Alegre, Santiago de Cuba
    8km 369m

    Buffet La Casona

    Melia Santiago Hotel, Santiago de Cuba
    (5322) 687070 9km 016m


    Ave Manduley No. 159, Rpto. Vista Alegre, Santiago de Cuba
    (5322) 641528 9km 366m

  • Currency Exchange next to San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro Colonial Fortress
  • Hotel Versalles

    Ave. Raúl Pujols , Km 1½
    (5322) 695376 4km 816m

    Hotel Santiago

    Calle 11 No. 2 e/ E y F, Chivirico
    (5322) 643894 9km 016m

  • San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro is located in Santiago de Cuba
  • It limits to the north with the province of Holguín; to the west with Granma; to the south with the Caribbean Sea, and to the east with the province of Guantánamo. The province covers a total area of 6 343 21 , Km². You can get here through Antonio Maceo International Airport, also by road from any other part of Cuba, or by sea ─in this last case, requesting the services from Punta Gorda Marina.

    Two particular features characterizes Santiago de Cuba that make it exceptional: its hospitality, with people of happy and relaxed temperament and its rich historical-cultural wealth. Its Caribbean identity is evident in its popular music and in folklore manifestations. It depicts the title of Heroine City of the Republic of Cuba for the role carried out by its inhabitants in the revolutionary struggle during the decade of 1950. Privileged by its historical past, in Santiago de Cuba there are two of the Cuban places distinguished by UNESCO with the title of World Heritage: the San Pedro de la Roca Castle and the ruins of the first French coffee plantations in La Gran Piedra. The Santa Ifigenia cemetery , the 26 of July Historical Museum and the Siboney Farm, are places indissolubly linked to the history of Cuba.

    Cayo Granma and Baconao Park (Biosphere Reserve) also part of the attractiveness of this region. As a tourist destination, Santiago de Cuba, combines excellent possibilities for the enjoyment of beaches, city and nature tourism for to the places of interest in those three scenarios.

    For those who arrive in Santiago de Cuba, there are diverse lodging options in the city and in its surroundings, linked as much to the sea as to nature. With a variety of categories and levels of comfort, it will always be a guarantee for the visitors looking for harmony and soothing rest. There are other things, among so many, that make people from Santiago proud: to be the birthplace, par excellence, of almost all the musical genres of Cuba, a country where the music is soul and root; also, the carnivals that every month of July take place here, are the most spectacular in the country; as well as their rum, the well-known Fiestas del Fuego and the already traditional Festival of the Caribbean.

    The region of Santiago de Cuba has the necessary infrastructure to encourage tourism of events and congresses; it also has in its mountainous and seafaring environment the conditions to develop nature and adventure tourism, trekking, nautical activities, and health tourism. But there is nothing better than walk its undulating and narrow streets loaded with history and music at the same time.

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    • birdsofafeather1
      Review about San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro Colonial Fortress
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      “Fantastic views ”
      Very interesting walking around the fortress. in one of the chapel rooms 4 woman were singing adding a lovely ambient sound as we walked around taking in the sights. Worth a visit. Fantastic views of the Caribbean.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Review about San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro Colonial Fortress
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      “Handsome fort with panoramic views ”
      This 17th Century fortress used an Italian design that was not entirely adapted to the site ? e.g., the moat never contained any water and thus did not fully serve its original function. The fortress was primarily a defense of the port of Santiago against pirates, and it offers a spectacular view of the present day harbor (unfortunately marred by... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      Review about San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro Colonial Fortress
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      “Santiago de Cuba day trip. ”
      In September we stayed at the Brisas Guardalavaca, and decided to take a day trip to Santiago de Cuba. This excursion is not usually given in September due to the very hot temperatures . However, if there are a few people that want to go, then your representative can organize it. We ended up being 9 people going. It was... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      Review about San Pedro de la Roca Castle, El Morro Colonial Fortress
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      “BOOM....BADA-BING ”
      Highly suggest evening for this....only need about 45 minutes to completely explore, plus 30 minutes for the sunset only. Arrived just in time to march with the Ceremonial Group, up to the castle! So we ran ahead so we wouldn't be in everyone else's photos! The entire place and experience is worth the taxi cost (or such). Great period... More