Two particular features characterize Santiago de Cuba that make it exceptional: its hospitality, with people of happy and relaxed temperament and its rich historical-cultural wealth. Located in the eastern region of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba is distinguished by being the most mountainous of the Cuban provinces and the most Caribbean as well, declared the Hero City of the Republic of Cuba. To visit Santiago de Cuba is to visit a place that has its own rhythm. History, music and festivities, this is a city of warm and hospitable people, that today more than ever, welcomes visitors from all over the world. Privileged by its historical past, in Santiago de Cuba there are two of the Cuban places distinguished by UNESCO with the title of World Heritage: the San Pedro de la Roca Castle and the ruins of the first French coffee plantations in La Gran Piedra. The Santa Ifigenia cemetery, the Moncada Barrack and the Siboney Farm, are places indissolubly linked to the history of Cuba. Beyond the limits of the city, visitors can find the Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Patroness of Cuba. The Natural Protected Landscape of La Gran Piedra is one of the most beautiful places in the province. This enormous rock sits more than 1100 meters above the sea level and the estimate of its weight is about 70 000 tons, and constitutes an exceptional lookout from where you can enjoy the splendid landscape of La Sierra Maestra. Cayo Granma and Baconao Park (Biosphere Reserve) also part of the attractiveness of this region. As a tourist destination, Santiago de Cuba, combines excellent possibilities for the enjoyment of beaches, city and nature tourism for to the places of interest in those three scenarios. Santiago de Cuba feels passion for music. It is the birthplace of the son and the bolero, so it’s not by chance that is the place where the biggest Cuban musicians were born: Compay Segundo, Ñico Saquito and Sindo Garay are from Santiago; cultural par excellence, the province is also the hometown of Jose Maria Heredia, one of the most popular Cuban poets in the world. Among carnivals, trova music and Cuban rum, your trips to Santiago de Cuba will be an amazing experience. The carnival of Santiago de Cuba is the most traditional in the island, joyful as only a few can be and represents the perfect occasion for you to discover the customs and traditions of Santiago. Of course, you can’t leave without trying out the aromatic rum of Santiago de Cuba, the one that has its origins in the XIX century and that blends the old with the new.