Cardenas (Calle Calzada Cardenas) is a municipality and city in the Matanzas Province of Cuba, about 175 km (109 mi) east of Havana. Cardenas is a maritime port town on the level and somewhat marshy shore of a spacious bay of the northern coast of the island (Bay of Cárdenas), sheltered by a long promontory (Hicacos Peninsula). The city lies between the sea and hills.
There are mostly narrow streets, various squares (including the Plaza de Colón, with a bronze statue of Columbus given to the city by Queen Isabella II. and erected in 1862) and substantial business buildings.