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A walk through Cienfuegos

A walk through Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers in 1819, is known as the Pearl of the South.

It receives this name from 1829 in honor of the Captain General of the Island of Cuba José Cienfuegos Jovellanos. 

Its urban area is quite homogeneous architecturally and has many classic facades and columns that recall its French past.

When you walk through its streets you forget for a moment that you are in Cuba. Stands out, in front of other cities, its cleanliness and careful restoration of its buildings.

 Pedestrian street in Cienfuegos

It is located around a bay, the largest in Cuba.

Stands out for the colorful buildings, emerald green and turquoise blue. 

It is full of coves, caves and reefs, but without forgetting the Natural Park of the Topes de Collantes, where the Niche, an exuberant natural enclave, stands out.

We can highlight two different areas in Cienfuegos. On the one hand, the central area where Martí Park is and on the other Punta Gorda, full of many palaces from the early twentieth century.

A walk through Cienfuegos

1. Monument to José Martí

Put yourself in the center and around you can enjoy its impressive buildings that will take you back to the time of French colonization, with its impressive buildings full of color.

In 1957, it was the place where the popular uprising against Batista took place.

The statue of José Martí made of marble stands out in the center.

 Statue of José Martí

2. Government Palace

In the surroundings of this park highlights the Government Palace.

Government Palace

It is located in the old Plaza de Armas and was declared a National Monument.

3. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Located in front of the José Martí Park, it stands out for its stained French windows, possibly the most artistic in Cuba.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Of neoclassic style, it was built in 1869, and stands out for its whitewashed walls and red tiles.

The Chinese characters that can be seen in their columns date from 1870.

4. Tomás Terry Theater

Built in 1889, in its auditorium you can see its classicist frescoes. Its name comes from a Venezuelan merchant who settled here.

Tomás Terry Theater

Declared a National Monument, it is located in the historic center of the city and counts on being one of the most elegant in the city.

Surprise its construction, both outside and inside. It has Italian influences. Its auditorium is horseshoe shaped and decorated with Carrara marble.

5. Arch of Triumph

You can not miss the Arc de Triomf, the only construction of its kind in Cuba, dedicated to the independence of the country.

 Arch of Triumph

6. House of Culture Benjamín Duarte

From this palace you can enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the city from its terrace.

It is located in the old Ferrer Palace of 1918, at the eastern end of the José Martí Park.

House of Culture Benjamín Duarte

Of neoclassical style, it has Italian marble floors and a wrought iron staircase, with a roof topped by a dome.

It owes its name to the Captain General of Cuba in 1829, José Cienfuegos Jovellanos.

7. Paseo del Prado

In this lively walk you will see a statue of the famous Benny Moré in real size, singer and Cuban composer born in this province.

It is the longest street in Cuba, it reaches Punta Gorda.

Paseo del Prado

Interesting to take a walk along this walk watching the Cienfuegueros and see the buildings that flank this neoclassical park with its pastel colored columns.

 Malecón on Paseo del Prado

The street passes through the boardwalk that offers us a view of one of the most natural and beautiful bays in Cuba.

A walk through Cienfuegos

8. Palace of the Valley

This building of 1917, is shaped like a Moroccan Kasbah.

Palace of the Valley

Exaggeratedly ornamented, it has turrets and stands out for its colorful tiles.

Do not forget to visit its terrace where it has a bar to drink something with excellent views.

 Views from the terrace

9. Cemetery of the Queen

It is the oldest cemetery in Cienfuegos, was founded in 1837.

In it we can see the tombs of Spanish soldiers who fought in the wars of independence.

Cemetery of the Queen

Declared a national monument, we can see a marble statue known as the Sleeping Beauty. It is a tribute to a woman who died at age 24, in 1907, heartbroken.

The image represents this beautiful young woman sleeping sweetly, reclining on a cross with a bouquet of poppies in her hand that symbolizes life, while with her left hand she crushes a snake as an allusion to death.

La Bella Durmiente

10. Castle of Jagua

This castle has excellent views of the bay and has a museum and a restaurant.

Also known as Castillo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Jagua, it is located west of the bay.

Castle of Jagua

It was built in 1738, during the reign of Felipe V a century before the city of Cienfuegos was created, to protect itself from the attack of the pirates and the English.

It was considered the third most important fortress in Cuba after those of Havana and Santiago.

You can go by ferry from Cienfuegos.

11. Botanical Garden

Undoubtedly, the most important botanical garden in Cuba.

With its 97 hectares, it is located on the outskirts of Cienfuegos.

It has more than 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants.

Do not miss their bamboo plantations with more than 23 different species or section of cactus with more than 200 varieties and their palm plantations with more than 280 varieties.

Botanical Garden

12. Rancho Luna Beach

A good place to relax and snorkel in its coral reef. In 20 minutes by boat you can enjoy more than 30 points located to dive.

Rancho Luna Beach

About 18 kilometers from Cienfuegos, it is a small beach with turquoise waters.

To get here you can do it by bus, ferry or taxi for about 10 CUC.

13. El Nicho

Located in the Natural Park of Collantes.

El Nicho

Its name well of the waterfall of crystal clear water that is in the Hanabanilla river.

El Nicho

You can walk a path that is 1.5 kilometers long and is known as the Kingdom of waters, you can swim in its natural pools, visit a cave, bird watching and rest and eat in a restaurant type ranchón.

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