Cienfuegos

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Cienfuegos

Once a French settlement, this Spanish trading center has become a truly modern waterfront city with interesting architecture and a varied slate of activities.

Cienfuegos is an elegant town, now a UNESCO World Heritage center, recognized for its stunning 1800s architecture with an eclectic style mix. Visit this city, known as the Pearl of the South, to see the gleaming white and pastel buildings of the Historic Center against a backdrop of blue sky and bay.

While this area of the island of Cuba was inhabited by indigenous people for centuries and settled by French immigrants with permission from the Spanish governor Don José Cienfuegos. Walk along Boulevard San Fernando and Paseo el Prado to see some of the notable architecture with a French influence.

The pastel yellow Palacio de Valle overlooks Cienfuegos’ beautiful bay. Notice the red dome and green ironwork of this unusual mixed Moorish, Gothic and Baroque structure as you approach. Step inside to see the intricate imported marble, stained glass and mosaics of this building completed in 1917. Have drinks in its restaurant or rooftop bar.

In the Historic Center visit José Martí Park and gaze at the statue of the man who gave his life in support of his dream for Cuban independence. Along the square is the Tomás Terry Theater, another elegant pastel structure with four levels of patron seating inside. Take a tour or see a rehearsal or performance. In earlier days Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso and Anna Pavlova all performed on its stage.

Other interesting city buildings include the pale blue Ferrer Palace with an elegant rooftop veranda; the House of Lions, once the British consulate, guarded by lions at the entrance; and the 18th-century Castle Jagua. About an hour’s drive east of Cienfuegos, swim in the river at the multi-streamed El Nicho waterfall.

Drive 2.5 hours southeast from Havana to reach Cienfuegos or fly into the local Jaime González Airport. Find your way around the city very easily as it is laid out in uniform numbered blocks. Charter a boat to sail on the serene, protected bay or venture out into the Caribbean Sea for offshore diving.

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Rancho Luna Villa 2
2.5 out of 5
Loma de Rancho Luna, Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos
The price is CA $54 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rancho Luna Beach, Luna Lighthouse, and Guanaroca Lake. Tomas Acea Cemetery and Cienfuegos ...
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Hotel Rancho Luna
Hotel Rancho Luna
2.5 out of 5
Carretera Pasacaballo Km 17½, La Campana, Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos
Nestled on the beach, this Cienfuegos hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rancho Luna Beach, Guanaroca Lake, and Luna Lighthouse. Cienfuegos Botanical Garden and ...
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Hotel Pasacaballos
Hotel Pasacaballos
2.5 out of 5
Carretera de Rancho Luna km 22, Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos
Situated in Cienfuegos, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Castillo de Jagua and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Luna Lighthouse. Rancho Luna Beach and Guanaroca Lake are ...
2.6/5 (9 reviews)
"Nice hotel close to the beach. Nice pool and nightly entertainment"

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Rancho Luna Villa 2
Rancho Luna Villa 2
2.5 out of 5
Loma de Rancho Luna, Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos
The price is CA $54 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rancho Luna Beach, Luna Lighthouse, and Guanaroca Lake. Tomas Acea Cemetery and Cienfuegos ...
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Hostal Casa Blanca Cienfuegos Cuba
Hostal Casa Blanca Cienfuegos Cuba
3 out of 5
Avenida 30 #3903, 39 y 41, Cienfuegos, Punta Gorda
The price is CA $86 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in the heart of Cienfuegos, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Bulevar, Cienfuegos Cathedral, and Tomas Terry Theater. Palacio de Valle ...
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Casa Los Delfines
Casa Los Delfines
2.5 out of 5
Calle 35, 4E, Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos
The price is CA $140 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in the heart of Cienfuegos, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of El Malecón de Cienfuegos - Sailor's Walk and Palacio de Valle. Cinco de ...
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"The location is wonderful on the bay. The owner Is very nice and makes your stay special. She went out of her way to help with travel, meals and other questions."

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