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

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Castle Tourist Spot
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. Plan your visit to San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary maker.
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  • It's an unbeatable place. Gorgeous surroundings with excellent views of a historic trip. There are also cozy restaurants in the area.  more »
  • I really enjoyed learning about the history of this fort/castle. It's steeped in Spanish and later revolutionary history. The information is all in Spanish, so it's best to have a Spanish speaker in t...  more »
  • This fort was a highlight of a recent visit to Santiago. Views from the fort over the coastline was beautiful. Visit all the levels, even go down the stairs to the very bottom to get a perspective fro...  more »
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  • 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.
  • An amazing structure. Incredible views. Wonderful history.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • You will need to get some transportation to get to the castle. The motorcycle with sidecar was mine.