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Arts & Culture

Baracoa offers everything from historic churches and fortresses to archaelogical sites.

Architecture

Plaza Independencia

Plaza Independencia

Mingle with the locals in this small triangular plaza also known as Parque Centra. It features a bust of the legendary Indian leader Hatuey.

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

This historic church was built in 1833 on the site of an older church. It houses the famous Parra Cross, which is believed to be the only material evidence of Christopher Columbus arriving here in 1492.

El Castillo de Seboruco

El Castillo de Seboruco

Stop by to see the great view of El Yunque, or spend the night at this Spanish fort that has been converted into the Hotel El Castillo.

Fuerte de la Punta

Fuerte de la Punta - Architecture

You can have lunch or dinner inside this fort that has been protecting Baracoa’s harbour since 1803.

Fuerte Matachín

Fuerte Matachín

This Spanish fort located at the southern entrance of the town was built in 1802, and now houses the Museo Municipal.

La Farola

Take a drive along this famous highway that winds deep into the mountains near Cajobabo, the beach where national hero José Martí disembarked in 1895. The scenic road has 11 bridges suspended over the abyss and is listed as one of the seven wonders of Cuban architecture.


Museums

Museo Arqueológico (Paradise Cave Archaeological Museum)

Museo Arqueológico

What a novel idea: a museum about caves located inside of a cave. This museum located inside Las Cuevas del Paraíso, 800 metres south of Hotel El Castillo, displays a wealth of Taino Indian artifacts.

Museo Municipal

Museo Municipal

This museum located inside the Spanish fortress Fuerte Matachín features a brief history of Baracoa.