San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle, Santiago de Cuba

Guarding the entrance to Santiago de Cuba Bay, San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle 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 San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle and other attractions to your Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary using our Santiago de Cuba day trip planner.
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  • September 22, 2017
    We visited the Morro castle on a sunny August morning, the road to Santiago is flowing and overview. The fortress stands overlooking the sea, the view is breathtaking, especially in the days of clear skies. Pity not went at sunset.
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  • September 15, 2017
    Amazing architecture in this part of the world. And well preserved. Do... Tip: If you give a piece to the lady who takes care of the toilet, it will show you of the iguanas at the bottom of the fortress ;)
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  • September 10, 2017
    Loved this place. The history behind the castle and what it had been built for and how it was used through the years was amazing, a lot to see and many floors to discover. Not for the faint hearted.  more »
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  • March 5, 2017
    Very nice views from the 'castillo' and traditional ceremony around 17 o' clock where they fire a cannon. Inside there is history to be seen and felt.
  • February 24, 2017
    An amazing structure. Incredible views. Wonderful history.
  • December 20, 2016
    It's nice but not spectacular by any stretch. You can take the Guay Guay for about 4 cents from Santiago de Cuba and back. If going without a tour (and saving a lot of money in doing so) don't fall for locals trying to befriend you. They just want your money.
  • August 30, 2016
    The fort overlooks the harbor leading into Santiago de Cuba and is as pristine condition as can be expected. Be aware that it is a hike not for the faint of step. Uneven cobblestone walkways, stone stairs that go from a foot and a half wide to a few inches from one to the next, and no hand rails to help guide you. But oh the views!
  • February 26, 2017
    You will need to get some transportation to get to the castle. The motorcycle with sidecar was mine.

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