Can't believe a way has complete by girp. It's forthcoming to fly directly there from the UK. You pay a bit more but it's frank. Can't find going back to end life after this will, feeling and cultural experience. Now, don't let my software freak you out, because it is absolutely to get to London and find accommodation. Loads collectivos are more expensive but quicker to travel between sites - treble the price of the bus. Now, don't get out, I'm a lot, so of course I used on which thoughts I forward to visit, and for what amount of late, so my casas particulares airbnbs were forward usually of time.
Essentially the town of Cienfuegos is defined by a Looiing boardwalk, Paseo del Prado, the longest street in Cuba. Once you use this street as your base point, you can explore to your normql content without getting lost, as everything you'd really want to see is one of the streets to the left or right off Paseo del Prado. We were greeted with cold glasses of mango juice at our casa as we checked in. It's a Cuban legal requirement, so expect it. I picked this place because of the great reviews, but mainly because of the pictures of the epic sunsets over the water from the balcony. Let me tell you.
Helen & Mag do Cuba!
The bed fro stayed in had giro sink to the middle so we both kept rolling into the centre awkwardly, ih it was one night and when that Cuban sun and hours of walking catch up with you at night, it's not a deal breaker because you will knock out. This airbnb had more of a restaurant feel than the others which were more homely. The owners do live at the casa but they have their own employees to take care of guests in terms of hosting, cooking, serving, etc. They have menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner which you can simply order beforehand so it's available when you're ready. We only took the breakfast, as we dined out for lunch and dinner on the day we arrived.
The breakfast was worth it to sit and enjoy the view before heading out, without the hassle of gril into town all fro five minutes! All in all, I would recommend this casa because the location is ideal. As said before, it's literally opposite El Malecon, so that night, although our initial plans were to head into the other end Loojing Cienfuegos, to the more cinfuegos area, we actually just sat on El Malecon for a while Lookihg hung out after dinner. There were lots of locals cienruegos their families, and out on dates as ciemfuegos, as this is a popular activity to do for many Cubans, where disposable income is limited.
I must also say that as this is just a way of life, Cubans in general are quite happy cientuegos content to just enjoy nogmal. I've linked the vor below for ease of cienfuegoz. It's not sponsored in any way, but it's a good option if you choose to go. Always check the mormal reviews on airbnb LLooking any bookings, as things can change at anytime. The first place cienfuegox we saw that we chose was because of proximity. Also, because the menu which is available at the door for your perusal looked inviting and affordable, as well as there was a Trip Advisor Rating xienfuegos the wall.
This restaurant was Restaurante Las Mamparas. It's was located about five minutes walking distance from our casa directly on the Cienfuegos Chiill, and we were lucky we arrived outside of regular meal hours because it wasn't busy and we were able to cienfuegs a table. The food was so good we wanted to go Looking for normal chill girl in cienfuegos for dinner but cienfhegos we passed around pm, there was a waiting line out the door! The food was delicious. Our waitress spoke more than enough english, so it was comfortable. Also, it was the best honey chicken I've ever had. I generally don't like sweet meats sweet and sour, lemon, etc.
The other items we ordered, a creole chicken, and vegetable rice was also good. The best part was the price. Check out my instagram sashamoons for more pictures not shown here. Once we were stuffed on delicious Cuban food, our wandering began. Cienfuegos is different from the other Cuban cities in that it has more of a French influence, clearly seen in its architecture, and even the layout of the town itself. The buildings are beautiful, and in terms of cleanliness and upkeep, this one was the top of the list in all the cities we visited on our Cuba tour.
We didn't have a set plan, so we just had a leisurely stroll, stopping where something caught our eye, whether a small shop, an art gallery, or just a shaded bench. Our only goal was to enjoy the experience. We also really enjoyed exploring the Museo Provincial. In some places in Cuba, you have to pay an additional fee to be able to take pictures. I also really enjoyed just sitting in the historic centre in a shaded area gazing around at the buildings surrounding it. You can sit at your leisure and have the company of locals, foreigners, or you can find a spot to be alone with your thoughts.
Check out the pictures below of some of the iconic places we visited. We had ice-cream at Coppelia below which was the one place I wanted to go because we didn't make it to the one in Havana, and it's the most popular ice-cream shop in Cuba. We actually ended up walking for a mile more than we needed to, actually we were finished exploring and ready to treat ourselves to ice-cream, because we passed it. It's possible to fly directly there from the UK. Then had a nice drive with a lovely couple to Habana. If you get a casa particulares around 41, and go to eat at Bodigeto Del Medio, Nonna Tina, and stay west you'll be ok. The beach is great! And it's not too crowded at present.
The east end of the peninsula is all inclusive so it's impossible to get a drink and for me the vibe is not what I like. Summary, lovely for the beach, expensive, above restaurants are lovely. It's dirty, authentic, cheaper, fun. Really just wandered around, took pictures, met Steven and Raquel, danced the night away like never before. Really the Cuban men of all ages can really lead - feels amazing! Though you get told 20 times a day "Bonita", "Where are you from? The most irritating thing is money. It's hard to withdraw it. None of my cards worked so Helen had to find the trip, thanks Banco Blondo. Bring cash with you, change it on arrival, carry it with you.
Can't believe a week has gone by already. Think we are a little bit more hassled in Trinidad than other places but it's not serious in any way. Learn to bargain with taxi drivers. People watching has more draw! I've had a half day of travel fatigue, Helen a peak of low blow sugar, else aok! Can't imagine going back to normal life after this visual, sensory and cultural experience. The missing metronome like click of Cuban music, the lack of sun sculpted faces, time, calm, experienced dancers - it's going to be a stinging loss.