About Cienfuegos

Nicknamed the Pearl of the South after its magnificent bay, Cienfuegos is considered to be the architechtural jewel of the nineteenth century. Its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site, is a living example of the French imprint on many features if the culture and customs in Cienfuegos, particularly in its architecture, where arches, stained glass and ironwork prevail.

The city was founded in 1819 by French settlers. Its original name Fernandina de Jagua was to honor Ferdinand VII, King of Spain.

The city’s ports are bathed by the Caribbean Sea and a beautiful bay. It is also rich in palaces, parks, theaters, churches and a Promenade that extends almost to the sea and is a daily meeting point for visitors and inhabitants alike.

Yesterday Cienfuegos was a shelter for corsairs and pirates, today it is an important Cuban treasure. Located at the Caribbean Sea, it has important architectonic remnants from the colonial times such as Castillo de Jaguar.

Cienfuegos also has the added attraction by having Rancho Luna beach just a few miles away.


  • Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos
  • Castillo de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua (Fortress)
  • Arco de Triunfo .
  • Cathedral de la Purisma Conception – cathedral with stained glass work, built 1833-1869
  • Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens-tropical garden
  • Guanaroca Lagoon-protected area
  • The Cave of Martin Infierno
  • Museo Provincial – furniture and porcelain museum
  • Palacio de Valle – built 1913-1917 in Moorish Style
  • Palmira Yorubá Pantheon – museum of religious afro-catholic syncretism
  • Parque José Martí – Park in Plaza de Armas

Quick Facts

  • Population 163,824 residents
  • Known For Birthplace of Benny Moré
  • Must See El Nicho Waterfalls