Called the “pearl of the south,” Cienfuegos is one of the most beautiful cities in Cuba. (Locals will argue that it is the most beautiful) It is an elegant, sea-side city located on Cuba’s south coast. The colonial buildings, French feel, and feisty spirit will seduce any traveller visiting this gem.
From the meadow to the end of the Malecón, you’ll find the most beautiful sights. The breeze rustles the leaves of the palm trees as you stroll down the Malecón and look out across the water.
If you take a detour where the Malecón ends and walk towards the water, there are a few restaurants with music blaring. Club Cienfuegos is a larger establishment and a lovely spot to have a drink and watch the sunset.
Heading away from the water, the Malecón turns into the Prado or Cienfuegos Boulevard. Along the way you’ll find various shops, restaurants, and a shady park.
You’ll eventually come to Parque José Martí – a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The entrance is marked with stone lions and is filled with several tree-filled gardens. You’ll also find a culture of Martí and the Arco de los Trabajadores (Arch of Triumph) – both are impressive reminders of Cuban independence.
On the corner across from the park is Palacio Ferrer. This elegant blue building was built in 1918 and designed by Donato Pablo Carbonell. If you are in town on a weekday, you can climb the narrow steps up to the cupola tower. At the highest point you can see a panorama of the city. The 360 degree view is definitely worth the 1 CUC.
If you decided to visit Cienfuegos during September, be sure you are there for the 5th. The city erupts in celebration to commemorate the day of the Cienfuegos uprising (when residents took up arms against the dictatorship of Batista). There are parties everywhere you turn.
Even if you aren’t there on September 5th, you’ll still experience the residents’ love and pride for their lovely city. Everyone will convince you of its unique beauty and how it is worthy of its nickname. (Admittedly this isn’t too hard of a sell – it is undeniably beautiful.) However, a conversation with the right person and they’ll have you arguing Cienfuegos is the most beautiful city.
I hope to see you there.
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