Hotel Playa Larga
Montemar Natural Park, Zapata Peninsula, Cienfuegos, Caribbean
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Do you know when the Cathedral in Cienfuegos is open or how I can find out when it is open? I would very much like to see the interior while I am in Cienfuegos, but our tour will not be in Cienfuegos very long.
Thanks very much for your help!
Re: Cienfuegos Cathedral
Even if the front doors are not open, you can go around to the side door and go inside during the day, Just ask for permission to go inside the cathedral if anyone asks what you want. They are friendly and have no objection to visitors. Often the front doors are open between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. but there are no regular hours.
Travel Tips for Cienfuegos
A jupm in the past
Coming from the busy Havana soon we noticed two things: it was much hotter and the city was extremely quiet and "old".
Yes, the first impression was that we had done a jump in the colonial age, the coloured houses most of them with a small backyard and their rocking chairs that we soon learned to enjoy.The old cars parked on the streets and the mechanics working on them, the carts drawn by horses meant to be local busses.
A walk in the hot sunny streets......
Here is the other wll known face of Cuba.....along your way you'll meet lots of people asking you whatever thing...they do not ask you for money but soap, t-shirts, shoes for the babies, pens......so if you want if you are planning a trip there bring less clothes with you and take soem more things with you....it's better to have a t-shirt less and see a people's smile....
A small backpack is sufficient and pack it with water, especially if you go out of the city...doh. Sunglasses...definately ;oP , shorts , a pair trousers and a nice shirt that is if ya wanna go clubbing and dance the merengue, salso, con or casino.
The locals dress up...so why don't u ;o) Definately bring some toiletpaper [trust me, do NOT forget this] especially if you are from a western country. Also a small medical kit will do just fine. Allthough you will be able to find batteries [all types] and films. It would be smart to bring some xtras along, unless you want to pay special prices for it. Outdoors? Don't go sleeping outdoors, trust me...the mosquito's will kill ya...they are BIG mf ;oP 1. A flashlight or 2, power outages are NOT rare in Cuba.
2. A copy of your passport [security issue]
3. A small pocket knife
4. A portable music device [pref with radio] with some speakers, great for the beach or for your roadtrip should your car-radio get broken or 'stolen'.
CIENFUEGOS : CASTILLO DE JAGUA
One can take a ferry from Cienfuegos across the Bahia de Cienfuegos to the Castillo de Jagua opposite.
The ferry point is near Av 46, between Calle 25 and Calle 27. The first ferry of the day departs at 11am. The 8am and another one in the afternoon have been cancelled. Check out the time beforehand from the wall.
As the ferry is for locals, the price is actually 1 Cuban Peso. Hand over the 1 Cuban Peso coin confidently.
The thing is I had no problems with the conductor. But a fellow German tourist was made to pay US$0.50. I am not sure if all foreigners will be forced to pay a 'foreigner's price'. Did the conductor think I was a local Cuban Chinese? Or did he not pester me because I seemed to know the 'true price'?
Anyway, the view across the bay is really pretty.
Once on the other side, the Castillo is moderately interesting. Costs US$1 to enter. The village around the Castillo near the bay is a rather nice place to walk around.
I happened to walk all the way to the 'new town' and received an ugly view of blocks of apartments. At the bottom, goats were tethered to rusty metal rods!
No!!!! That's no Sevilla...
No!!!! That's no Sevilla Alcázar (Spain). That's Palacio del Valle. Enjoy the mudejar columns and some inlayed ceramics in the walls. That's a lovely place to enjoy and discover. On the top you'll find a mozárabe tower where you can drink a mojito ;-) It's wonderful!
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