Central Cuba

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  • 1. Jardín Botánico Soledad

    Garden/Arboretum

    East of town lie Cienfuegos's expansive botanical gardens covering 94 hectares (232 acres) and containing more than 2,000 plant species, most...Read More

  • 2. Palacio de Valle

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The most impressive of Punta Gorda's mansions is the Palacio de Valle, which was built in 1917 by the sugar baron Asisclo del Valle. It's a...Read More

  • 3. Casa de Cultura

    House/Mansion/Villa

    At Parque José Martí's southwest corner stands the Palacio Ferrer, an elaborate mansion built in 1917 by Spanish businessman José Ferrer and...Read More

  • 4. Castillo de Jagua

    Military Site

    Above a fishing village overlooking the narrow entrance to the Bahía de Cienfuegos (35 km [21 miles] south of the historical center) is a Spanish...Read More

  • 5. Catedral de la Purísima Concepción

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The city's bright yellow Neoclassical cathedral, with its high central bell tower reminiscent of a minaret, was consecrated in 1870. Its interior...Read More

  • 6. Malecón

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    To the south of the old part of town, Calle 37 runs parallel to the waterfront Malecón, where locals stroll at night. Note the illuminated billboard...Read More

  • 7. Parque José Martí

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Most of the important buildings of Cienfuegos surround the central Parque José Martí which contains an impressive marble statue, carved in 1902...Read More

  • 8. Playa Rancho Luna

    Beach–Sight

    The coast southeast of Cienfuegos has several nice beaches, the nearest of which is the public Playa Rancho Luna, a pale crescent flanked by...Read More

  • 9. Teatro Tomás Terry

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The city's principal theater was built in 1889 and named for Venezuelan millionaire Tomás Terry (1808–86) whose fortune funded its construction...Read More

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