Colonia del Sacramento

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  • 1. Faro

    Towering above the Plaza Mayor is the lighthouse, which was built in 1857 on top of a tower that was part of the ruined San Xavier convent. The whole structure was engulfed in flames in 1873 after a lighthouse keeper had an accident with the oil used in the lamp at the time. Your reward for climbing it are great views over the Barrio Histórico and the River Plate.

    Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia, 70000, Uruguay

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    Rate Includes: 80 pesos
  • 2. Museo del Azulejo

    A small collection of the beautiful handmade French majolica tiles that adorn fountains all over Colonia are on display at the tile museum, housed in a small 18th-century building near the river. The 50-peso entry fee is good for all Colonia's museums.

    Misiones de los Tapies 104, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia, 70000, Uruguay

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    Rate Includes: 50 pesos, Closed Thurs.
  • 3. Museo Municipal Dr. Bautista Rebuffo

    A sundry collection of objects related to the city's history is housed here.

    Plaza Mayor at Misiones de los Tapies, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia, 70000, Uruguay

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    Rate Includes: Closed Tues., 50 pesos
  • 4. Museo Portugués

    The museum that's most worth a visit is this one, which documents the city's ties to Portugal. It's most notable for its collection of old map reproductions based on Portuguese naval expeditions. A small selection of period furnishings, clothes, and jewelry from Colonia's days as a Portuguese colony complete the offerings. Exhibits are well labeled, but in Spanish only.

    Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia, 70000, Uruguay

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    Rate Includes: 80 pesos, Closed Sun.
  • 5. Nacarello Museum

    A colonial Portuguese residence has been lovingly re-created inside this 17th-century structure. The simple bedroom and kitchen furnishings are period pieces, but the real attraction is the house itself, with its thick whitewashed walls and low ceilings. For 50 Uruguayan pesos, you gain access to all Colonia's museums, including this one.

    Plaza Mayor at Henríquez de la Peña, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia, 70000, Uruguay

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    Rate Includes: Closed Fri., 80 pesos
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  • 6. Narbona Wine Lodge

    For an upscale, indulgent Uruguayan wine experience, Narbona Wine Lodge in Carmelo, an hour's drive from Colonia, is worth a visit. The peaceful property includes a vineyard, a restaurant with exposed brick walls that serves Italian-influenced dishes featuring the wines and products like cheeses made on-site, and a luxurious tasting room. If you find yourself unable to leave at the end of the day, book a stay at one of property's five sophisticated, bright, yet rustic rooms named after grape varietals. Your stay includes a vineyard tour, mountain bikes for borrowing, and access to Narbona's private beach.

    Ruta 21, Km 268, Carmelo, Colonia, 71100, Uruguay

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