Historic places in Cuba should be on your list of things to see during your stay. One of the greatest features of Cuba is its history. Old forts, Baroque churches and Spanish architecture adds beauty no matter where on the island you go. Enjoy some laid-back sight-seeing around Cuba and take a step back in time.
Castillo de San Pedro del Morro
One of my favorite historical destinations in Cuba is the Castillo de San Pedro del Morro, in Santiago de Cuba. It’s a huge fort complex, sitting up on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Santiago. It was built in the 17th century and has been a guarded fort as well as a prison over the centuries. Castillo del Morrro is an official UNESCO World Heritage site and is a very well-preserved site.
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana
You’ll surely be visiting the capital city of Havana, and there are many great historical place to see in the city. But just outside of town is the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, a fort from the 1770s that used to guard the Bay of Havana. There are museum displays at the fort, and you can tour the grounds as well. During the revolution, Che Guevara had his headquarters at the fort, and his office is preserved on display.
Che Guevara Memorial
In the town of Santa Clara is the memorial to Ernesto “Che” Guevara. The mausoleum sits in the Plaza de la Revolution and there is a museum there as well that showcases his accomplishments. It’s one of the best places in Cuba to learn more about the political history of Cuba’s revolution.
Cementerio de Santa Ifigenia
Nothing says “history” like a cemetery, and though there are many of them throughout Cuba, the Cementario de Santa Ifigenia is one of the most impressive. It’s located in Santiago de Cuba. There are many famous Cubans buried here, and the Mausoleum of Jose Marti stands out above them all (literally).
Chorro de Maita
This is an archaeological site, near Guardalavaca in the province of Holguin. You can see displays of the skeletons as they were found at the site, and there is a recreated Taino Indian village where you can see how the local people lived. The excavation is open to tourists, and offers a chance to see the people behind Cuba’s history instead of just ruins.
Museo de Arqueologica Guamuhaya
Another archaeological place to visit, where you can explore Cuba’s history from pre-Columbian times, through the slave trade and Spanish conquest. The museum itself resides in an 8th century home that has been recently restored. Natural specimens of Cuba’s wildlife are also on display.
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