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…
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…
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…
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…
Church in Cienfuegos

Catedral de la Purísima Concepción Church

On the eastern side of Parque José Martí, Cienfuegos' cathedral dates from 1869 and is distinguished by its French stained-glass windows in an otherwise austere interior that is awaiting restoration. Chinese writing…
Landmark in Cienfuegos

Arco de Triunfo

The Arch of Triumph on the western edge of Cienfuegos' serene central park catapults the plaza into the unique category: there is no other building of its kind in Cuba. Dedicated to Cuban independence, the Francophi…
Historic Building in Cienfuegos

Palacio de Gobierno

Most of Parque José Martí's south side is dominated by this grandiose, silvery-gray building where the provincial government (Poder Popular Provincial) operates. The Palacio de Gobierno doesn't allow visitors, but y…