There’s a significant stopover on the road to Cienfuegos. We’ll make a stop at Playa Girón, which is otherwise known as the Bay of Pigs. This infamous spot was where the US attempted to stage an invasion of Cuba, which was ultimately unsuccessful and ended up being one of the USA’s first military failures in Latin America.
Cienfuegos is often referred to as the Paris of the Caribbean, but upon arrival, you’ll wonder why anyone needs to compare this pearl of a city to anywhere else (OK, so it also happens to be known as the pearl of the Caribbean). The French influences come from the French migrants who congregated and made their home here, giving it a strikingly different look to other cities in Cuba which have more of a Spanish influence.
The wide boulevards and expansive parklands are ravishing, and history is on proud display at every turn. At the entrance to the harbour you’ll see the Castillo de Jagua, an ancient fort that allowed the city to withstand the pirate attacks that were once common in Cuba. Many buildings in the town have been given UNESCO world heritage status, and you might think you’ve never seen such a beautiful town… until we show you some other places on your 10 day Cuba group tour.
- Standard Authentic or Upgraded Casa’s/ B&B’s
- Swim/ Snorkel at the Bay of Pigs
- Visit Museum Giron
- Guided Orientation Walk of Cienfuegos City
- 1 x Drink at the impressive Palacio de Valle