Scorching heat and stunning architecture. These would be my two main memories from Cienfuegos if someone asked me today about visiting this port town. Known as the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos featured on my travel itinerary from day one. Located on the Caribbean coast of south central Cuba it was a perfect stop for my friend Zofia and I on the way to Havana from Trinidad.
The city dates back to 1819 and although located in Spanish territory, it was a home to many settlers from Bordeaux and French colonies such as Louisiana. That French style and elegance are definitely visible until today.