I flew to Havana from Cancun in Mexico and after one day in the capital (don’t worry I’ll tell you all about it later), I caught a bus to the town of Cienfuegos, on the south coast, about four hours away.
The town was founded by the Spanish in 1819 although initially settled by the French. The grid layout historic centre is small, colourful and low-rise with many buildings in neoclassic and eclectic styles.
UNESCO describes is an “outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century”.
One of the examples of eclectic style architecture is this marvellous residential building, the Ferrer Palace, on the main square with its spiral staircased belvedere on top, which was of course rather difficult to represent.
Finally, everywhere I went I saw wonderful political billboards and signs. Here’s one from Cienfuegos.