A small town with deep harbour, narrow streets and vibrant yet laid-back heart, you’ll be swept away with the beauty and character of Santiago de Cuba, the second-largest city in Cuba, home to Afro-Cuban culture and rhythm music, and witness to many defining moments in its history. Castro’s revolution began here in the failed and almost suicidal attack on the Moncada army barracks in 1953. Tour the barracks, the Cathedral by the town square and sip Cuba Libre (rum and coke with lime) while listening to local music and dance music hall rumba in the evening. And perhaps consider the famed words of Castro speaking out against dictatorship while on trial for the failed attack. It ends: ‘Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.’ Absolve, or dissolve, your last worry and soak up the good time Afro vibe of Santiago de Cuba.