Cienfuegos Cuba Travel Agency, French émigrés from Bordeaux and Louisiana
founded the settlement of Fernandina de Jagua on a large, calm bay on
the Caribbean Sea on April 22, 1819. In 1830, when it was upgraded to
a town, its name was changed to Cienfuegos, in honor of José Cienfuegos,
the Governor-General of Cuba. Fifty years later, it was proclaimed a city
and, for its beauty, was called "the pearl of the south." By the end of
the 19th century, it had become the fourth most important city in the
Cienfuegos Cuba Travel Agency, Considered the Cuban architectural jewel of the 19th
century, Cienfuegos is outstanding for the perfect design of its streets
and for the refinement and good taste of the buildings in the historic
center of the city, which has been declared a national monument. When
visiting, stop by the Casa del Fundador (Founder's House); Nuestra Señora
de la Purísima Concepción (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) Cathedral;
Tomás Terry Theater; Ferrer Palace; and José Martí Park, which contains
the only arch of triumph in Cuba.
Other attractions include the Prado Promenade, Valle
Palace, Museums of Naval and Provincial History, Reina (Queen's) Cemetery
and Jai-Alai Courts.
Farther out from the center of the city, tour the Nuestra
Señora de los Angeles de Jagua (Jagua for short) Fortress, Tomás Acea
Cemetery and the Botanical Gardens.
In addition to these cultural and historic attractions,
Cienfuegos has excellent facilities for scuba diving and other water sports,
nature tourism and thermal baths Cienfuegos Cuba Travel Agency.