Cienfuegos, capital of Cienfuegos Province, is a city on the southern coast of Cuba and it is located about 250 km (160 mi) from Havana. The city is called La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South). Cienfuegos literally translates to "one hundred fires”.

It was originally settled by Taino indigenous people. The city was later settled by French immigrants. The settlement successively became a town in 1829 and a city in 1880. The city was subsequently named Cienfuegos after the Captain General of the island at the time with the same name. Many of the streets in old town reflect French origins in their names. Cienfuegos port, despite being one of the latest settlements established during the colonial era, soon grew to be a powerful town due to the fertile fields surrounding it and its position on the trade route between Jamaica and South American cities.

In 2005, the historical center of the city was declared World Cultural Heritage.

So, if you pass by the Cienfuegos province do not forget that there are quite a few places you can visit that will remain unforgettable in your memories from Cuba.

Places to visit

The El Nicho Waterfalls Giåm Flickr

El Nicho Waterfalls

Get surrounded by pure nature when taking a trip to the beautiful waterfall the ‘El Nicho’ in Sierra de Trinidad Mountain. At the El Nicho you can hike through the caves, take a water fall bathing and track the mountain's exotic flora and fauna.

Punta Gorda

It is a dream key land over the Cienfuegos Bay at the end of city.

Rancho Luna Beach

Very nice beach and lovely atmosphere, close from hotels and restaurants definitely worth a trip if you are staying in Cienfuegos

Guanaroca Lagoon

guanaroca lagoon

It is formed by the Arimao River before it flows into the bay. It is declared a protected area and includes the Labyrinths of los Naturales, Cayo Ocampo, and other smaller keys towards the inside of the bay. Its coastal environment is very attractive because of its mangrove swamps and natural refuges of autochthonous and migratory avifauna. Amongst the noteworthy is a colony of more than 2000 pink flamencos and more than seven types of species of heron. There are important archeological sites of past aborigine and of Spanish Colonization. Cayo Ocampo was visited by the Spanish navigator of the same surname, when he sailed around Cuba, and by Diego Velázquez, in 1515. Very close to the lagoon was a site where el Padre de las Casas, Protector of the Indians, settled.

Palacio de Valle

This is an architectural jewel; the grand portico of the Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos is a breathtakingly beautiful example of Spanish Moorish architecture.

jagua castle

Jagua Castle

The Fortress "Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua" is located at the entrance to the bay of Cienfuegos. It was founded in 1745 with the objective of providing defense of the city, and very probably in the entire southern coast of the island aided by the Castle of San Pedro de la Roca in Santiago Cuba.

catedral de la purisima

Cathedral de la Purisima Concepcion

This Neoclassical cathedral dates from 1869 and is distinguished by its wonderful French stained-glass windows from France that depict the 12 apostles

Terry Theater

Tomás Terry Theater, is one of the finest eclectic buildings of the city of Cienfuegos. Along with Theater Sauto in Matanzas and La Caridad in Santa Clara comprise a trilogy of nineteenth-century theaters built in Cuba.

Jardin Botanico Soledad de Cienfuegos

It is one of the oldest institutions of its kind on the island. The garden has a large collection of tropical exotic plants, not too much flowers but tons of weird trees so do not forget to ask a guide details.

tomas acea cemetery

Tomás Acea Cemetery

The Tomás Acea Cemetery is the unique cemetery-garden in Cuba built on the outskirts of the city of Cienfuegos. Declared National Monument in 1978 by its artistic; architectural; historical and environmental value.

Delfinario de Cienfuegos

Great place and one of the most popular attractions among visitors is the possibility to swim with the dolphins.

Places to eat

  1. Paladar Ache
  2. Casa Prado
  3. Finca del Mar
  4. Palacio de Valle
  5. De Paris
  6. El Pescador
  7. Blue Bahia Bar Restaurante

Places to stay

  1. Cubanacan Boutique La Union
  2. Topes de Collantes Hotel
  3. Kurhotel Escambray
  4. Jagua Hotel
  5. Casa Verde Hotel
  6. La Union Hotel

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