Part of Ponce’s historic district, the Plaza Las Delicias is a can’t-miss attraction for visitors to the southern city. This sprawling public square is famous for it’s colorful sights and noteworthy landmarks.
El Parque de Bombas is an antique firehouse whose red and black exterior exemplifies the vibrant nature of the plaza and makes it one of Puerto Rico’s most recognizable buildings. Behind it stands the imposing, neo-classical facade of the Nuestra Señora de la Guadalupe Cathedral.
These structures divide the square in two sections. The northern end, known as the Plaza Luis Muñoz Rivera, hosts a bronze likeness of the celebrated statesman. The opposing end, meanwhile, is known as the Plaza Federico Degetau, and contains both a statue of local composer Juan Morel Campos and an obelisk in honor of the city’s brave firefighters.
The stone lions and waterspouts of the Fuente de los Leones make it a popular meeting place for the townspeople, as well as another of Las Delicias’s many photogenic spots.
Architectural marvels of times past line the streets around the plaza, including several hotels, and the historical Casa Armstrong-Poventud and City Hall buildings, making the exploration of this area well worth your time.