El Castillo

Location: Baracoa | Cuba

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

The sweeping views of the ocean and El Yunque are the star attraction at El Castillo, the distinctive castle hotel perched on the hilltops above Baracoa. Original sections of the 18th century colonial fortress, Seboruco de Santa Barbara, still remain.
Perfect forOff the beaten track holidays to Cuba.
In the knowThe road that spirals up to El Castillo from town is punctuated with 11 hanging bridges and makes for a fascinating drive.

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Hideaway
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Where

On the edge of Baracoa town, accessible by a winding drive or climb up 85 steps – but the view is worth it.

Rooms at El Castillo

The rooms are simply furnished and are fairly spacious – most are either twin or triple bed but there are also two rooms with double beds. All are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge and safe and have private bathrooms.

Food and facilities

El Castillo has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sip mojitos and relish the glorious view by the outdoor swimming pool or hotel bar, Yumuri.

Activities at El Castillo

Baracoa is home to some of Cuba’s most extraordinary natural scenery, including the domineering El Yunque which can be seen from El Castillo. Climb to the top of this table-top mountain and look out for the biodiverse wildlife on your way; pass fragrant coffee and chocolate plantations that cling to the hillside; and explore the regional rivers of Duaba, Miel, Yumurí and Toa. In town, peek into Fuerte Matachín – an old fort that showcases the history of Baracoa including its passion for chocolate, kiriba music and Che Guevara, no less.

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Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

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