Unique example of the architectural eclecticism that prevailed in the city of Cienfuegos, where the Mudejar and Byzantine styles are mixed with the Venetian, Gothic and baroque styles. Built in 1917 by Alcisclo Valle Blanco, a Spaniard from Asturias, it's an outrageous jumble of tiles and turrets, crenellated edges and scalloped arches. Batista planned to convert the palace into a casino, but today it's an (aspiring) upscale restaurant, with a terrace bar.
Paseo del Prado
Paseo del Prado, stretching from the Río El Inglés in the north to Punta Gorda in the south, is the longest street of its kind in Cuba and a great place to see Cienfuegueños relaxing at their leisure. The boulevard is a veritable smorgasbord of fine neoclassical buildings and pastel-painted columns and at the intersection of Av 34 you can pay your respects to a life-sized statue of local hero Benny Moré.
Teatro Tomas Terry
One of the most impressive buildings in Cienfuegos is the Teatro Tomas Terry on the north end of Parque Marti. This theatre was built by the family of Tomas Terry, the former mayor of Cienfuegos, as a tribute to the man, following his death. A statue of Tomas Terry stands in the lobby. This Italian looking theatre was the creation of architect Lino Sanchez Marmol and was built in 1889. The two story Teatro Tomas Terry has five arches on the ground level to mark each entrance, while the second level displays square window and a small central balcony. On the roof level, three arches frame gold murals, giving the theatre a distinct flare. The interior of the building, which can hold up to 950 people, contains wood carved seats and the ceiling is adorned with an exquisite painted ceiling.
Start your wanderings in the town center at Parque José Martí, passing under the Arco de Triunfo the only one of its kind in Cuba and dedicated to Cuban independence. This impressive monument ushers you into the heart of the park, dropping you at the feet of José Martí rendered in marble.