A quiet town
Nice architecture but alot of jineteros!
Beautiful open spaces, with neoclassical buildings, of great interest.
Former palace which at one time was a casino and is now a resturant and gift shop. Located in Punta Gordo on the end of city main ave,towrds the end of cienfuegos coast. The structure and ornamental styles of the architecture are very diverse, to include mohamedan art, and Mudejar, Byzantine, Venetian, Gothic and Baroque. designs. Within the...more
This parque in Cienfuegos is the former Plaza de Armas. It is a large open space is the center of the city and is marked by ground plaque in the middle of the square. On one side of the Parque Marti is the provincial government building, Palacio del Ayuntamiento. At the entrance to the park is the Archo de Triunfo, which is the only arch of...more
The Palacio de Ferrer is placed on the main plaza of the city. The building, built in the 1890, has a variety of architectural styles but the blue domed tower in one corner is the most beautiful bit. The Palacio de Ferrer has inside the Casa de Cultura Benjamin Duarte and is open to the public. The interior is popular for the italian marble floors...more
As you push your way through the crowd there heading towards the Park you may start getting an idea of communicating with your beloved VT website via internet - coming right up, about 3 blocks later turn right towards Hotel Union and internet place will be across the hotel. There are only 3 terminals, 1-2 broken or "temporarily out of service" so...more
The Cathedral in Cienfuegos, Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, is placed on the square, Parque Marti. Finished in 1869, colored cathedral has a neo-classical front side with two red bell towers of different heights, three arched doors and stained glass windows of the twelve apostles. Inside the cathedral has neo-Gothic characteristics and is...more
Calle 31 esq. A 54, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Caribbean
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Carretera Pasacaballo Km 18, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
I believe the most popular hotel in town - as tourist accomodation. But a goody - renovated only a...more
Best food in town! We loved it! They serve cuban and international cuisine with a variable menu at a very reasonable price. The house has been resently restored keeping the beautifull colonial style of architecture in the area. This place is well located at the beginning of Malecon on 40 AVE. witch make it very accessible to new visitors. I visited...more
For a fast lunch or just a stop for a beer, look for El Palatino on the main square, just by the south west corner.(It also has a reasonable toilet) It has very high ceilings, patio seating under the colonade, a regular Cuban menu, live music, and if you are lucky, you will meet "Zuki", a talented cartoonist, who is willing to do your portrait for...more
Best food in town! We loved it! They serve cuban and international cuisine with a variable menu at a very reasonable price. The house has been resently restored keeping the beautifull colonial style of architecture in the area. This place is well located at the beginning of Malecon on 40 AVE. witch make it very accessible to new visitors. I...more
Well me and my friends could always be found at Benny More's. No pics of it so I just placed one of the local beach called 'Rancho Luna' Anyway there is a lot of things to do....btw just a little tip, as soon the sun goes down at the beach...than get the hell out of there. Trust me...otherwise the mosquito's will kill ya...I mean it. Why would...more
Well me and my friends could always be found at Benny More's. No pics of it so I just placed one of the local beach called 'Rancho Luna'Anyway there is a lot of things to do....btw just a little tip, as soon the sun goes down at the beach...than get the hell out of there. Trust me...otherwise the mosquito's will kill ya...I mean it.Why would you...more
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From L'Havana we came to Cienfuegos by viazul bus. There are two main bus companies in Cuba Viazul and astro, the second one is the cheaper and mainly used by locals, Viazul is more expensive and practically created for tourists.The trip was about 6 hours and the ticket was 20 cuc.more
In my opinion the best way to go around Cienfuegos is walking as in this way you enjoy every corner and every street scene. Anyway places like Punta Gorda can be a very long walk, so you may try to get a taxi which can be difficult as there are not many here or, if you get offered you can go by the horse chart.Horse charts are meant to be used only...more
To travel to Cienfuegos and probably also around maybe you can speak with the owner of an old american car and after rent his/her car for a while. Of course, that's a original way to see this city and this country from other point of view. American car (like in the picture! This ones are everywhere... NO problem!)more
The main shopping street (by Cuban standards) or street with the most activity is the pedestrian part of Avenida 54 to the west side of Calle 37 (Paseo del Prado).There are some US dollar shops, especially the souvenir shops. It is a sad that Cubans who do not have any US dollars are unable to buy anything from these US-dollar places even if they...more
Booze and cigarettes are freely available - otherwise there's no bread, no butter, no basic necessities. If you don't get fed by your hosts or hotel then you're in trouble. Of course there are El Rapido places a la McDonald but somehow everything tastes there as if deeply fried in motor oil. So what to eat if you are on a budget ? Have rice with...more
Coming from L'Havana we were not surprised to see governament propaganda on the walls of the town.Something that captured our attention was a big painting of Cje Guevara on the wall of a primary school.The first thing that my travel compaign and I thought has been:we have crucifixes in our kids school rooms, they have Che Guevara on the wall.More...more
Well Che Guevarra is not only known in Santa Clara, but all around Cuba ;oPDrinks: Mojito [mohito] or a Cuba LibreMust: Enjoy a Cuban cigar on the terrace with a bottle of rum.Oh yes, should you make road trips...it is very common that u give people a ride if you have room in the car, especially the elder...u don't have 2, but we did ;o)Even though...more
Lonely planet, routard and God only knows how many more travel guides will tell you to visit jardin botanico as it is one of the main attraction of Ciefuegos.We did, and we just wasted the money for the taxi as it is about 15 kilometers out of the town.From a botanic gardn in the tropics you expect an explosion of colours and smells, well what you...more
Luggage and bags:
A small backpack is sufficient and pack it with water, especially if you go out of the city...doh.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 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.
Photo Equipment: 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.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Outdoors? Don't go sleeping outdoors, trust me...the mosquito's will kill ya...they are BIG mf ;oP
Miscellaneous: 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'.
Before we reached Cienfuegos, we went for a nice relaxing swim. The water was beautiful and warm, the sand on the beach had a nice white colour. There was hardly anyone on the beach thus our tour group had it all to ourselves! On the way there, I managed to take a photo of one of the many political propaganda billboards on the side of the road. I...more
About 85 kms west of Cienfuegos is the town of Australia on the main highway. Turning south at that point takes you into the ZAPATA PENNISULA, three quarters of which is a swamp with lagoons and canals. Home of all kinds of wildlife, the government opened up a national park here, and have endevoured to create access points. One of these is known as...more
On the way to Cienfuegos we visited the Finca Campesina, to be honest I did not like this place....for me you can avoid it....such a touristic and artificial place...and full of poor animals closed in little old cages with lots of screaming tourists tryin' to get some pics of them......not a great view believe me......so I decided to shoot no...more
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...more
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...more