Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around
Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

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Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

8.3 Actividad

In this activity you are going to find out about another interesting hotel, this time in Santiago de Cuba, which overlooks the house of Diego Velázquez, the first Spanish governor of Cuba.


Velázquez became governor of Cuba in 1511, having conquered the island and founded Havana in that same year. He had first sailed to the Americas with Columbus, accompanying him on his expedition to the island of Española (Hispaniola, modern Dominican Republic and Haiti). As governor, he sent out several expeditions, including Cortés' to Mexico in 1519.

Actividad 8.3

The Hotel Casa Granda in Santiago de Cuba is one of the most up-market hotels in Cuba and is right in the city centre. Listen to the track and say where it is situated in relation to other buildings.

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Pista 63
Dónde está el hotel Oriente. A dos pasos del Teatro Liceo. A cien metros de la plaza Catalunya. A cinco minutos del puerto.

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