Attractions

Top Choice Theater in Cienfuegos

Teatro Tomás Terry

Sharing French and Italian influences, this theater on the northern side of Parque José Martí is grand from the outside (look for the gold-leafed mosaics on the front facade), but even grander within. Built between …
Top Choice Cemetery in Cienfuegos

Cementerio la Reina

A listed national monument, the city's oldest cemetery was founded in 1837, and is lined with the graves of Spanish soldiers who died in the Wars of Independence. La Reina is the only cemetery in Cuba where bodies a…
Park in El Nicho

El Nicho

El Nicho, an outlying segment of the Topes de Collantes Natural Park, is the name of a beautiful waterfall on the Río Hanabanilla and the protected zone that surrounds it. People come here to view the falls, swim in…
Historic Building in Cienfuegos

Palacio de Valle

The ultimate in kitsch comes near the end of Calle 37 when, with a sharp intake of breath, you'll stumble upon the Arabian Nights–like Palacio de Valle. Built in 1917 by Acisclo del Valle Blanco, a Spaniard from Ast…
Waterfront in Cienfuegos

Malecón

Keep heading south on Paseo del Prado and the street becomes the Malecón as it cuts alongside one of the world's finest natural bays, offering exquisite vistas. Like all sea drives (Havana's being the archetype), th…
Gardens in Cienfuegos Province

Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos

The 94-hectare botanic garden, 17km east of Cienfuegos, is Cuba's oldest, established in 1901. (Decades later the botanical garden in Havana used its seedlings to found its own green space.) The garden houses 2000 s…
Fort in Cienfuegos

Castillo de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua

Predating the city of Cienfuegos by nearly a century, this fort, to the west of the mouth of Bahía de Cienfuegos, was designed by José Tontete in 1738 and completed in 1745. At the time it was the third most importa…
Lake in Cienfuegos Province

Laguna Guanaroca

Laguna Guanaroca is a mangrove-rimmed saline lake southeast of Cienfuegos. It's second only to Las Salinas on the Península de Zapata as a bird magnet, and is Cienfuegos Province's only area protegida (natural prote…
Cemetery in Cienfuegos

Necrópolis Tomás Acea

One of two national-monument-listed resting places in Cienfuegos, the Acea is classed as a 'garden cemetery' and is entered through a huge neoclassical pavilion (1926) flanked by 64 Doric columns modeled on the Part…
Museum in Cienfuegos

Museo Provincial

The main attraction on the south side of Parque José Martí, this dignified museum proffers a microcosm of Cienfuegos' history. The frilly furnishings of refined 19th-century French-Cuban society form the majority of…