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Cienfuegos is the city I like the most

“Cienfuegos is the city I like the most”, say the lirics of one of the most important songs by Benny Moré, a great musician who was born here. The brilliant artist felt himself seduced by the large Southern city, as it happens to all those that are born or visit this city, 250 kilometers Southeast of Havana, well-known as the Pearl of the South.  

 From July 2005, the city´s old quarter was included in the list of places declared World Heritage by UNESCO, a universal recognition that awards the splendor, preservation and singular architecture of that zone, that includes 70 streets, including the one that served as departure point for the foundation of the city by French settlers on April 22nd 1819, the only Cuban city, created by the French. Once Fernandina de Jagua, Cienfuegos receive the title of village in 1829 and the one of city in 1880, considering “the increase of its population, the progressive development of its agricultural and industrial wealth and the importance of its port”.  

This progress can be appreciated in its constructions of neoclassic style and eclectic forms, with an impressive harmony, that complements the straight and wide layout of its streets, which heighlights the brightness of this city, an architectonic jewel of the 20th Century. For those who walk through the city´s oldest area, it is impossible not to visit the Jose Martí square, well-known previously as Parade Ground, where a rosette indicates the exact place in which the first streets of the city began to be created.  

The surroundings of the park are distinguished by their good state of preservation, including the majestic Tomás Terry theater, where important international artists like the Italian tenor Erico Carusso, the French lady Sara Bernhardt and the star of the Mexican cinema Jorge Negrete have offered their art. Closely to the centenary theater it is possible to see the San Lorenzo school, the old Trade and Art school; the cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción, with its beautiful stain glassed windows; the Palace of Government, and the House of the Founder, the residence of Don Luis D' Clouet, founder of the region. The good taste and distinction of this surroundings is enriched by the Arc of the Republic, unique of its type in Cuba, as well as a set of beautiful sculptures, including those of the lions and the bandstand, built in 1922.  

The Palatino bar and the Polinesio restaurant are two interesting places, where music and gastronomical services are combined to offer a distinguishing touch of Cuban identity. The pedestrian street (called Boulevard) is located in the old quarter. There are offices, stores, book stores, banks, and a Tobacco House where you can buy the "best tobacco of the world". You find find attractive as well the Santa Isabel street, one of the recently reanimated streets by the work of the City´s Historian Office.  

The Union invites foreigners as well so they are able to get eep into the architectonical  beauties of the builing, recently restored as part of the efforts to maintain the city´s heritage values. El Paseo del Prado, is the country´s largest avenue of its kind, it crosses part of the city and it is a place to visit as well. The houses have vestibules, that offer a shade and help us to avoid the intense sun of this Caribbean island.  

But Cienfuegos has other attractions to offer to the visitors. Its condition of sea city makes possible that the Pearl of the South has several facilities for all kiind of nautical activities. There is a wonderful beach called Rancho Luna which is perfect for enjoying several days of sun and beach, not only due to its warm waters but because of its hotels with varied services.  

The local bay, with 88 km2, is perfect for fishing, besides to become the permanent host of important international and national competitions regarding speedboat racing and regatas. The Cienfuegos Club is an ideal place to get deep into the fascinating world of the sea.The is a perfect place for ecoturism in the Guamuhaya mountains, a privileged place, where the highest point of the central part of Cuba is located: the San Juan peak, with 1150 meters of altitude over the sea level. In this mountainous area, there are several opportunities to practice hiking, baths in natural swimming pools, cascades and rivers, among other attractions.  

All these attractions can be enjoyed by those who come to Cienfuegos, a city that along with its natural attractions, offers the possibility of sharing with charismatic, amiable, hospitable, enterprising town, that is a faithful preserver of its own traditions, so as the Pearl of the South continues to shine and preserves the magic of its old quarter, declared Worl Heritage by UNESCO.

Translated by: Osmany Ortiz González (Azurina)

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