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Streets of Santiago de Cuba

Founded in 1515 and, because of its geographical situation, the capital of Cuba until 1556. To this bay came the first black slaves to Cuba and with them an essential component of the Cuban nationality with its strong African and Spanish roots. Santiago de Cuba lives with the sea and mountains, limited by the huge bay and on land by the Sierra Maestra. This provides its hot and humid climate. The old town is characterized by steep streets leading down to the bay (and up, which is worse). The newest area has beautiful buildings, Baroque headquarters and consulates. Walking around Santiago can be a little cramped, people come up to you to take you to different sites.

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Historic center of Santiago

The historic center of Santiago de Cuba has managed to keep the essence of this Caribbean city alive. One only needs to walk the streets to realize it. In this area, visitors can see the cathedral and the Capitol City.


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