Known as La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South), Cienfuegos is a city located in centralsouthern Cuba and is the capital of the province with the same name. It is connected to the Caribbean Sea through a narrow waterway that provides access to the city founded on April 22, 1819 by French settlers led by Luis De Clouet.
Referred to by famous Cuban singer Benny Moré as “the city that I like the most,” Cienfuegos is located about 245 kilometers from Havana, in the Majagua Peninsula, on the shores of the Bay of Jagua.
With its aboriginal name meaning origin, source, spring, wealth, the Bay of Jagua is open to the Caribbean Sea by a narrow channel that provides access to ships using the port.
After the city was founded, French immigrants settled in the Majagua Peninsula and named present-day Cienfuegos Villa Fernandina de Jagua, a name that honored both King Ferdinand VII and the indigenous-born people.
In addition to its many natural attractions including Swamp Zapata, the city captivates visitors with its clean streets, well-preserved buildings, and the Hotel Jagua, an imposing building back in the 1950s that is now recovering its charm and is visited by people from around the world.Share on FB Share on TT