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

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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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  • This site is easy to access. We pay 20 pesos of taxi. Minimum predict a 1hre30 for the visit. Very well equipped and the view of the Bay is beautiful.
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  • Sometimes you just luck into things. I had not done a lot of research before arriving in Santiago, Cuba, but our friends had hired Yuri Arcayaborrego at cubaguider.com to take us around for the day. T...  more »
  • I hired an old American car (1956 Chevy in hot lipstick pink!) and a guide. I exited my cruise ship, went through customs, and out the front gate. There I found many people offering tours. Their Engli...  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)