Santiago de Cuba, one of Cuba's oldest cities, lies on the eastern end of the island—485 mi/780 km east of Havana. Founded in 1514 as the city's first capital, this hill city predates Havana and has a distinct architectural style. Earthquakes have damaged it repeatedly: Most of the buildings are from the 1800s and early 1900s. Although much of the city is badly deteriorated, it has a beautiful setting at the foot of the Sierra Maestra Mountains and overlooks a magnificent bay, and has been bea... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide.
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