Cienfuegos should be high on your list of Cuban cities to see; it’s considered among the most attractive places of Cuba.
Cienfuegos is the capital city of Cienfuegos Province, about 255 km from Havana. It is located in the central-southern cost of Cuba and is the only city in Cuba that was founded by French immigrants. That gives it a unique French-like atmosphere that remains until our days.
The city was founded in 1819 by Don Louis de Clouet with the permission of the General Captain of the Island.
UNESCO declared its urban historic center a World Heritage Site in 2005. There is no other place in the Caribbean which contains such a remarkable cluster of neoclassical buildings. Its architectural structure is quite impressive and still maintains the neoclassical attributes that began to spread with the French Revolution.
Cienfuegos bay is one of the most beautiful in the Island. There’s a Spanish fortress dated from 1745, the Castillo de Jagua, built to protect Cienfuegos against pirates. It is the third important castle of the country, after the Morro castles of Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
Cienfuegos is widely known as the Pearl of the South or the beautiful city of the sea. It is an easy-going place and a nice and quiet city with many facilities, ideal to be a base for seeing what the rest of the province has to offer. Also from Cienfuegos you can easily travel to other very nice places like the Bahía de Cochinos, Playa Ancón in Trinidad, the natural reserve El Nicho, Santa Clara city and many other interesting sites. If you like party, there are several places where you can hang out.
You can arrive in Cienfuegos by air landing at the International Airport, by the sea at the Marina Marlin Cienfuegos and at the cruise terminal and by land using the Viazul buses.
Cienfuegos is today a must-see place for most of the visitors who tour the country and has many lovely home stays and hotels available for accommodation.