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There’s plenty to look at around the city’s bustling Parque José Marti, including historic casas and Cuba’s only commemorative arch. Or take a short ferry ride to see the Castillos de Jagua, the fortress that’s widely regarded as one of the country’s most important military structures. If you’re in the mood for a game, you can cheer on the local baseball team, The Shrimpers.

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Architecture

Teatro Tomás Terry

This beautiful theatre located on the north side of Parque José Martí is a wonderful example of Creole architecture. It was erected in 1869 in honour of Tomás Terry, a Venezuelan industrialist.

Malecón

No visit to Cienfuegos is complete without a drive along the Malecón, the seaside road that offers panoramic views of the city’s sparkling coastline and vibrant nightlife.

National Monuments

Cienfuegos - National Monuments

Cienfuegos is home to 11 sites that have been declared national monuments, including the old Reina Cemetery.

Castillo de Jagua

Located a short ferry ride away from Cienfuegos, this 18th century fortress is widely regarded as one of Cuba’s most important military structures. It still has a working drawbridge and now houses a small museum... as well as its own ghost, the notorious ‘Lady in Blue.’

Palacio de Valle

Wander through an ornate palace, built in 1917 by Alcisclo Valle Blanco, a Spaniard from Asturias.

Catedral de la Purísima Concepción

Catedral de la Purísima Concepción

Also framing Parque José Marti is this neoclassical cathedral. It was built in 1869, and boasts striking French stained glass windows and prominent twin towers.

Casa del Fundador

Casa del Fundador

This former home of Cienfuegos founder Don Louis D’Clouet is located on the southeastern corner of Parque José Marti. The city’s oldest building has since been converted into a souvenir shop.

Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte

Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte

Soak up the panoramic views from atop this building on the western side of Parque José Martí. The distinctive domed rooftop cupola has a staircase visitors can climb.

Arco de Triunfo

Cienfuego has been called ‘the Paris of Cuba’ so it is only fitting that the city has its own ‘Arc de Triomphe’ – the only one in Cuba. Located in the Parque José Martí, the arch is dedicated to Cuban independence.


Museums

Museo Histórico Naval Nacional

Museo Histórico Naval Nacional

Take in some local history at this museum located inside of the former headquarters of the Distrito Naval del Sur (1950).


Theatres

Teatro Tomás Terry

This beautiful theatre located on the north side of Parque José Martí is a wonderful example of Creole architecture. It was erected in 1869 in honour of Tomás Terry, a Venezuelan industrialist.