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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  • Military Fort South of Santiago, several levels in which to stroll. Some panels showing the highlights of piracy, exclusively in Spanish. Pleasant Bay views. 10 km to the city, 2 4 CUC per person admission parking CCU.
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  • El Morro Castle de Santiago guarded the entrance to Santiago’s harbor to protect the town from pirates. The main part of the castle has been restored and the rooms include some interesting history, es...  more »
  • Visited while doing a tour. It`s an old spanish fortification. The place was clean and the different expositions were very informative. If you want to visit the lowest part prepare to walk a fe hundre...  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.

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