Experience Cienfuegos, the Paris of Cuba

The colonial waterfront town of Cienfuegos, known as La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South), sits pretty on the south-central coast of Cuba. Cienfuegos literally translates to "one hundred fires”, and the town certainly adds a bright light to this fascinating country.

Clean and laid-back, Cienfuegos is a place whose elegant French charm meets its fiery Caribbean spirit to a refreshing and delightful result. In fact, the names of many of the streets in the old town give a nod to the French origins of the Cienfuegos’s first settlers from Bordeaux and Louisiana, and the town retains a certain French sophistication. Enjoy pleasant breezes as you take in the neoclassical, art nouveau and art deco styles the town has to offer. Discover the stunningly ornate Palacio de Valle along the Paseo del Prado and take in the Arco de Triunfo, the only structure of its kind in Cuba, dedicated to the Cuban independence.

But this lovely town is more than just a pretty picture. Enjoy the short boat ride to cross the castle drawbridge and explore Castillo de Jagua, a 17th-century Spanish fortress. Discover the staggering collection of tropical plants among the 97 hectares of the Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos, an extraordinary botanic garden, or venture a little further to explore the trails, waterfalls and cascading natural pools of Parque el Nicho. For a little reprieve, relax next to the clear water and sandy shores of Playa Rancho Luna beach, and let the sounds of the Caribbean rejuvenate body and soul.

Teatro Tomás Terry

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Teatro Tomás Terry

Teatro Tomás Terry

A stunning late 19th-century theater with a 950-seat auditorium that features smooth Carrara marble, hand carved wood fixtures and beautifully detailed frescoes. Originally opened with a performance of Aida, this theater has hosted greats like Enrico Caruso and continues to hold performances today, with fabulous shows by the Bueno Vista Social club and more.

Cementerio la Reina

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Cementerio la Reina

Cementerio la Reina

Like other great cities founded by the French, Cienfuegos offers beautiful cemeteries to explore with ornate masonry, above ground mausoleums and magnificent marble statues. Stroll alongside the graves of Spanish soldiers who died in the Wars of Independence or head to another nearby cemetery, the Necropolis Tomas Acea, to see its giant neoclassical pavilion and beautifully manicured gardens.

Punta Gorda

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda

Follow Cienfuegos’ main artery, Paseo del Prado, to the end of the waterfront promenade and you’ll arrive in Punta Gorda. Take in exquisite views of the clear Caribbean Sea, visit lush, oceanside parks, and gaze in awe at the extravagant waterfront homes that dot this narrow peninsula. In between marinas and mansions, you’ll find quaint places to savor authentic Cuban cuisine and delicious rum-based drinks.

Cienfuegos, Cuba At a glance

Current Weather:
7°C / 45 °F
Current Time:
3:13:17 am2017/09/22 03:13:17 am
Friday, September 22
UTC/GMT -05:00
Local Details:
GPS: 22°8'44"N 80°26'11"W
Size: 333.00 KM2 (128.57 MI2)
Population: 164,924
Density: 495 Pop/KM2 (191 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +53 43

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