When saying Paseo del Prado, surely you will think about Havana. However, Cienfuegos also has its own. In fact, it is more extensive than the famous Paseo del Prado of Havana. It crosses the entire city, with about 2 kilometers of length, from the entrance to this city until the Malecon of Cienfuegos. It is the most important avenue in the area, much appreciated by locals.
This beautiful promenade was built in the first decade of the 20th century. It received several names until in 1913 began to be called Paseo del Prado, equal to the one of Havana and the one of Madrid, in Spain. Vehicle traffic in both directions is constant. It narrows in the area that borders the shoreline of the bay, in front of the Malecon. Continuing along the same avenue, we will reach the Punta Gorda area.
Paseo del Prado, is a favorite place for walkers. The walk is pleasant sheltered by the shade of the trees. The coming and going of locals and tourists is constant. Some rest seated on traditional benches. The cool breeze helps to dissipate the heat. It is an exchange site, favorable for children’s conversation and play.
In the surroundings, we find buildings with important architectural and urban values. Among them the Casona de los Leones, the Provincial Library Roberto García Valdés and the Bishopric. Other public spaces such as the Coppelia and Luisa Theater are also located on the sides of this avenue.
In your walk along the Paseo in Cienfuegos, you will find the statue of the famous Cuban musician Benny Moré. It is a life-size statue; everyone wants to take a photo. Other sculptures and monuments adorn this City Walk. One of them stands out, it is a woman with a child raising a broken chain: At her feet the inscription: “Cienfuegos honors its martyrs”.
For visit: Avenue 37, from Entrance of Cienfuegos until the street 0 in Punta Gorda. Cienfuegos. At any hour.
by: Leunam Rodríguez