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Cienfuegos

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Cienfuegos is home to the deepest bay in the country and has been for a long time, a favourite anchoring place for sailors, pirates and traders. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, the city was created by the French who left their mark with the neo-classical architecture still seen to this day. Cienfuegos retains the atmosphere of a village with its arcaded streets in pastel colours where the inhabitants find protection from the heat.

To see

Cienfuegos is a small colonial town that has managed to maintain the atmosphere of a small village. While it is an industrial port it has managed to retain a lot of its charm.

To do

Visit the Parque José Martí, take a tour to the Cathedral de la Purisma Concepcion and take a stroll on the Punta Gorda.

pros

  • +  Very beautiful houses (neoclassical architecture)
  • +  A very beautiful bay
  • +  An authentic Cuban atmosphere is almost guaranteed
  • +  Not yet visited by too many tourists

cons

  • -  It's an industrial city
  • -  Beware of the touts

To think about

Remember to avoid the cyclone season (October - November). Bring along light clothing and lots of sunscreen.

To avoid

Avoid making negative or critical comments about Fidel Castro, or ask their opinion on the political regime; this may make Cubans feel uncomfortable.

To try

Cuban cuisine is quite simple and not diverse. Chicken and rice are its main staples. It is common for potatoes, fried bananas and yams to be served with the main meal. Make it your mission to taste the local lobster!

To bring back

Of course, Cuban rum is excellent, as are the cigars. The local shirts, known as guayabera and straw hats guajiro are also a good buy. As for the music, you will find many recordings by local artists.

Weather Cienfuegos

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Cienfuegos . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Cienfuegos so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Cienfuegos , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather May
Overall rating 64/100
  • Temperature indicators 80% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 24% Rainy

    Rainy - averaging between 3.5mm and 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 48% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 86% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 72% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 66% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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