Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, Santiago de Cuba

Must see · World heritage site · Castle · Tourist Spot
Guarding the entrance to Santiago de Cuba Bay, Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca stands as one of the best preserved and most complete examples of Spanish-American military architecture. Built to help protect against pirate attacks, the multi-level stone fortress--now a UNESCO World Heritage Site--has a fortified gun platform, powder magazine, command building and guard post. Walk the symmetrical, ancient walls and enjoy the view from atop the fortress. Be sure to buy a permit if you wish to take photos. Add Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and other attractions to your Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary using our Santiago de Cuba day trip planner.
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  • A large fortress with magnificent views. It has been very well preserved and I loved how it still had the long chute for the cannonballs to be rolled down ready for use. There is also a small...  more »
  • Castle high on a rock above the sea. Beautiful view of the sea and across the bay to the mountains. The best place for me in the south of Cuba  more »
  • The castle-fortress guarded the entrance to the bay. As you walk towards it there are plenty of sellers. there is an interesting museum and after passing through it you get wonderful views from the...  more »
  • Wonderfully restored and maintained. This is a good example of the theory of self defense in the era that it was built. Donald Trump is still trying the same approach with his stupid wall.
  • This is a fortress built in colonial times in the far east province of Santiago de Cuba, with an astonishing view to the ocean. It harbors a museum, restaurant and stalls where private vendors sell handicraft. A must see in Santiago de Cuba.
  • Some really nice photo ops here
  • This historic spear fort is a must see in Santiago.
  • Very nice fortress with superb views. The staff at the gate will ask tourists to pay off you take photos even with your phone camera, ☹️. Very hot in the summer, one of the hottest place in Cuba, I have been told.

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