While in Trinidad, we stayed in Casa Elio Ramos. The beautiful colonial house was perfectly located to explore this wonderful World Heritage Site. It felt quite modern compared to other casas in Cuba. I loved our room with the large windows and two rocking chairs. It was spacious and clean and the brand new bathroom …
If you are travelling to Cienfuegos, don’t miss out Punta Gorda. It’s a fair walking distance from the centre of Cienfuegos, but if you feel like a stroll, head down towards the Malecon sea wall. Once it ends, you will know you are in upper-class neighbourhood.
Picturesque Punta Gorda
The place is gorgeous, especially after the rain. I loved walking along the seafront and gazing at the boats sailing quietly in the distance. Such a soothing evening after a hot day.
Cienfuegos Club in Punta Gorda
On our first evening we popped out to look around the area when we were distracted by live music in a grand and beautiful building, known as Cienfuegos Club.
After paying 1 CUC admission fee, we walked into a full on Cuban disco, with a band, neon lights, drinks, and Cubans spinning on the dance floor. Lots of fun, not to mention the stunning sunset.
The next day I walked back to admire the marina and the beautiful building painted in the colours of Cienfuegos baseball team – white & green.
Eye catching Palacio Azul
Next door to Cienfuegos Club stands an eye catching palace. Painted in stunning blue, Palacio Azul was built in 1921 to grace Punta Gorda. The eclectic palace has been recently renovated and now reopened as the 7 bedroom Hostal Palacio Azul.
Anything but Cuban Arabic Palacio de Valle
Another architecturally stunning and anything but Cuban palace is hard to miss. Arabic Palacio de Valle instantly reminded me of something from ‘One thousand and one nights’. Built in 1917 the palace now houses a high class restaurant with a terrace bar.
Staying in Punta Gorda – Villa Lagarto
While visiting Punta Gorda, we stayed at the end of the peninsula, in gorgeous Villa Lagarto. While not a proper Casa, it was such a wonderful place to stop for a few relaxing days. The food here though a little expensive is great and the drinks very soothing.
I am so glad we decided to venture south and spend a couple of nights on the edge of the Bay of Cienfuegos.