Cienfuegos, Cuba

Discover the Province of Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Cienfuegos, Cuba
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Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 by a French immigrant (Don Luis D’Clouet). The city maintains a fairly homogeneous urban center full of classical facade and slender columns which provides a reminiscent atmosphere of France in 19th century.


Malecon, Cienfuegos
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Cienfuegos is known as the Pearl of the South of Cuba, and no wonder, since this small town got seduced travellers from all over the world thanks to the mix of elegance of its cultivated French spirit, and gentle Caribbean style. In the bay itself it can be read a sign that says “The city I like the most”, quoting the famous singer Benny More.

Jagua Castle, Cienfuegos
Jagua Castle
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This port town is disposed around the greatest natural bay in Cuba. The whole town enjoys an enviable marine environment and breathes tranquility in its renewed streets free of “jineteros”. Those are some of the keys to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.

Valle Palace, Cienfuegos
Valle Palace
© Wilder Mendez

It is a colorful city characterized by the emerald greens of the lush land and turquoise blue waters. The province is full of small coves, caves and coral reefs, but the main attraction stands inland in El Nicho, a lush natural enclave located inside Topes de Collantes Natural Park.

It is possible to split the province into two distinct area: the central zone, where find El Prado and Parque José Martí Park; and Punta Gorda, a small territory which cuts the bay and houses numerous eclectic palaces dating from the early 20th century.

The most interesting places in the central area are: José Martí Park, Paseo del Prado Street, Arc de Triomphe, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Tomas Terry Theater, Colegio San Lorenzo School, Casa de la Culture Benjamin Duarte Civic Centre, Provincial Historical Museum, Palace of Government, Casa del Fundador, Naval History National Museum, Cementerio de la Reina Cemetery, Museo de Locomotivas Museum, Malecón de Cienfuegos, Benny Moré Statue, Sports Museum.

While in Punta Gorda it is worth to highlight: the Palacio Azul Palace, Cienfuegos' Club, Sculpture Park, Palacio de Valle Palace, La Punta Recreation Centre.

A little further away, is also interesting visiting the monumental Necropolis of Tomas Acea.

Outside the town you can find the picturesque Playa Rancho Luna Beach, with its hotels; the enclave of Santa Isabel de Lajas; Jagua Castle; Guanaroca Lagoon; Cienfuegos Botanical Garden; El Nicho natural enclave; Ciego Montero spa; Loco Cay; Yamaraguas; and the Caribbean Coast.

When to visit this area?

It really does depend on what you want to find there. If you are fond of beach and diving, January to April should be your choice. For holidays, it would be better August and September; when the Benny Moré festival takes place, and the Cienfuegos Carnival too.

What to do in Cienfuegos:

1. Walk and dive in the eclectic 19th century architecture of José Martí Park.
2. Enjoy Playa Rancho Luna beach, either sunbathing or diving in the unique and unknown area of Guajimico.
3. Follow the steps of Benny Moré in Santa Isabel de Las Lajas.
4. Watch pink flamingos and pelicans in Guanaroca Lagoon.
5. Go on a trip to El Nicho, and refresh in its waterfalls!

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