From Havana, it takes 4.5 hours by Viazul bus to get to Cienfuegos, a city whose urban center is declared as a [easyazon_link asin=”B00AWPWOKW” locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]UNESCO World Heritage Site[/easyazon_link] due to its old, historical buildings which are mostly art deco and colonial French. There’s really not much to see and do here in Cienfuegos–but if you dig into architecture, then, this city is your paradise. Though buildings (both business and residential) are attached from wall to wall (as any other houses around Cuba), there’s still a distinct differences from one door to another.




Cienfuegos can be explored in a day. Or even 5 hours if you are only planning to drop by before heading to Trinidad, a must-see city and an hour from Cienfuegos. Next to Havana, Cienfuegos, is also heavily-loaded with government propaganda murals. They’re ubiquitous around the city. While the urban center is coated with shiny, multi-colored paints, few blocks are houses waiting to collapse. I should know because I walked to the farthest end of the city (for lack of better things to do) and saw buildings which I thought were abandoned but was surprised when doors swung open and residents came out. Here’s how I spent a day in Cienfuegos.

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Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Palacio de Valle is a house that appears in your dream. The overtly, intricate iron and wood work is so detailed it blows your mind how in the world this house is exquisitely elegant. It’s more magical to see it in the morning when it faces against the sun, not when the sun is behind it.
A Day in Cienfuegos
Palacio de Valle is the most beautiful house I’ve seen in Cuba. It’s an architectural whim! It’s 97 years old and it cost only $57,000 in today’s exchange rate.
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A Day in Cienfuegos
A Day in Cienfuegos
Casa de las Presidente in Punta Gorda – The house where Fidel Castro stays when he visits Cienfuegos. / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
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A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
A Day in Cienfuegos
Palacio Azul / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
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Club Cienfuegos / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
A street dancing parade on the night I was there. I think it's related to Santeria.
A street dancing parade on the night I was there. I think it’s related to Santeria.
A Day in Cienfuegos
Malecon at night is a rendezvous for the locals to catch up on anything about their life. There was some kind of a party when I was there.



A Day in Cienfuegos
While a party was going on the Malecon, these boat people were also dancing and singing as they rocked the boat.
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The Malecon is a host to a wonderful sunset. Don’t miss it.

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A Day in Cienfuegos
A green casa.
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The buildings along Paseo Prado have columns like these. / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
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Guess: abandoned or occupied?
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
The main gate at Parque Jose Marti, the city centre.
A Day in Cienfuegos Cuba
Cuban boys. Oh, Cuban boys! 😉
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Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
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Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.



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Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos / A Day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
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Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
Casa Azul.
Heroes on the wall.
Heroes on the wall.
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
This horse carriage is very common anywhere in Cuba. It cost 1 peso for a ride.
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
Colorful houses
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
Siempre en revolucion!
Colorful Houses
Colorful Houses.
Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
Colorful columns and houses.

Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba

Things to do in Cienfuegos Cuba
Inside Teatro Terry Tomas. This theater was built in 1889 and they are still using this for performances.
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Cuba’s most renowned musician is Benny More who hails from Cienfuegos. Thus, he deserves a statue on Paseo del Prado.
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An art deco building is just an ordinary sight in the city.
Cuba Colonial French
Look at those arched doors! Aren’t they lovely?
Cuba Colonial French Architecture
Colonial French Architecture in Cuba.

 

4 Comments

  • That Palacio de Valle is indeed beautiful. It’s kinda Spanish-Moorish thing, eh?

  • I actually skipped this city on my way to Trinidad from Havana. It was raining hard in September and I didn’t even get to explore Trinidad for two days. These buidlings are beautiful.

    • TheSojourner

      Oh, that’s too bad. The weather was nice when I was there three weeks ago!

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