Cienfuegos, the ‘Pearl of the South’ is located on an impressive bay on the south coast of Cuba. The area was known as the Cacicazgo de Jagua by the original indigenous settlers and its large bay and coves served as a refuge against storms for explorers and pirates of long ago. In 1745 the Castillo de Jagua was built at the entrance to the bay for protection against Caribbean pirates and the colonial town was later founded in 1819. Initially settled by French immigrants from Bordeaux and La Louisiana, Cienfuegos became one of the chief seaports of the Cuban sugar, coffee and tobacco trades. This rich and culturally diverse heritage has left an eclectic legacy of colonial and neo-classical style buildings in the historic centre. The beautiful bay, historic buildings and harbour-front Malecón make it a wonderful city to explore and enjoy. Those looking to soak up the Cuban sunshine can escape to the popular nearby beaches of Rancho Luna and El Inglés.
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