Santiago Holidays

Cuba at its atmospheric best

Santiago de Cuba is perhaps the most atmospheric holiday destination in Cuba, a wonderfully evocative city surrounded by lush tropical scenery. Holidays here offer endlessly fascinating street life and the richest musical heritage on the island. Santiago is the spiritual home to rich Cuban musical forms at the root of what we now call salsa. There is no finer place to hear Cuban son than the legendary Casa de la Trova. Santiago is also the cradle of the Cuban Revolution. Key sights to visit include the iconic Moncada Barracks, where Castro launched his first attempt at revolution. This city offers a much more rootsy experience of Cuba than carefully tended luxury holiday resorts like Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. The city has a slower pace and a more tropical atmosphere than Havana. Sleepy streets are dripping with personality and character.