San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle, Santiago de Cuba
(4.6/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The place offers a beautiful view of the Bay. Classified site in the world heritage of UNESCO, a beautiful fortress, well maintained. We can discover a piece of history under Spanish colonization, portraits of heroes or heroines. Only downside: If you want to take pictures, you will have to pay a tax. Otherwise, it will give your camera, which will be put under key the time of your visit (don't worry, the risk of theft is almost zero, or even completely).
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  • We were taken here by our taxi driver Leo on our day out to Santiago de Cuba from Guardalavca in his 55 Chevon after lunch.There is a charge of 5 CUC and more if they see you are going to take photos....  more »
  • Amazing place to see. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site as an example of the best preserved Colonial Spanish Military Fortress. Great architecture, view of the Caribbean sea at the entrance of the ci...  more »
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  • 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!
  • The world heritage listed Castillo San Pedro de El Morro was mightily built on the cliff at the mouth of Bay of Santiago, with a magnificent setting over the blue Caribbean. It was first planned to built in 16C to defend against pirates attack but the construction has been dragged for about 2 centuries. When it was completed, there were no more pirate attack around that area and so it was converted into a prison in 19C. No bus comes directly here and you have to take a shared taxi from Santiago de Cuba. Or walk about 40 minutes after getting off from the bus at the junction.
  • Absolutely gorgeous views in an area full of history. May be the mist beautiful Spanish fort i have seen.
  • Disappointed I paid so much money to get there, and the entry + camera fee, only for the daily sunset ceremony to be cancelled. The ladies there offered free entry if I returned the next day, but the taxi was still costly. Still great views and sunset though.
  • Dramatic views and interesting history (information only available in Spanish)