This charming colonial city offers a number of cultural gems including the ornate Palacio de Valle and the grand 19th-Century Teatro Tomás Terry. Visit José Martí Park for a look at the colourful and unique architecture that is a reminder of the wealthy sugar trade and wander along Cuba's longest boulevard, Paseo del Prado for neo-classical buildings and colourful colonial houses. Make sure to see the Arch of Triumph, dedicated to Cuban independence and the baby blue Moroccan-style Palacio Ferrer where you can head to the top for wonderful views over the city. Stroll to the upper end neighbourhood of Punta Gorda for coastal vibes and lively bars and book a boat tour from Marlin Marina and cruise around the bay. If you want the beach, Rancho Luna is just a 15-minute drive from the historic centre.
Where is Cienfuegos?
The port city of Cienfuegos is on the southern coast of Cuba about 160 miles from Havana and is a popular stopover for cruises and tours.
The historic centre is compact and easy to walk, and bicycle taxis and horse drawn carriages also run along the boulevard. If you want to travel further afield to waterfalls and the beach, private taxis (although expensive) are also available.