Montevideo

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  • 1. Mercado del Puerto

    Ciudad Vieja | Market/Bazaar

    For Montevideo's quintessential lunch experience, head to the old port market, a restored 1868 building of vaulted iron beams and colored glass...Read More

  • 2. Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    This museum is in a rococo 19th-century mansion near Calle Julio Herrera y Obes, four blocks east of Plaza Independencia. Here you'll find articles...Read More

  • 3. Playa de los Pocitos

    Pocitos

    This stretch of sand is the city's most attractive beach, and surprisingly tranquil. Throughout the day you'll see locals running, biking, strolling...Read More

  • 4. Plaza Independencia

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Connecting Cuidad Vieja and the Centro, Independence Square is the heart of Montevideo. All that remains of the original walls of the Spanish...Read More

  • 5. Teatro Solís

    Ciudad Vieja | Arts/Performance Venue

    Named in honor of the discoverer of the Río de la Plata, Juan Díaz de Solís, the 1856 Solís Theater is famed for its fine acoustics. Informative...Read More

  • 6. Bodega Bouza

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Argentina and Chile grab all the attention in discussions of South American wines, but Uruguay has a number of impressive wineries of its own...Read More

  • 7. Casa de Fructuoso Rivera

    Ciudad Vieja | House/Mansion/Villa

    Once the home of General Fructuso Rivera, Uruguay's first president, this neoclassical Rivera House from the early 1800s was acquired by the...Read More

  • 8. Casa de Lavalleja Museum

    Ciudad Vieja | House/Mansion/Villa

    This Spanish neoclassical home was built in 1783 and later became the home of General Juan A. Lavalleja, who distinguished himself in Uruguay...Read More

  • 9. Club Uruguay

    Ciudad Vieja | House/Mansion/Villa

    Uruguay's most prestigious private social club, founded in 1888, is headquartered in this eclectic, three-story neoclassical national monument...Read More

  • 10. El Cabildo

    Ciudad Vieja | Government Building

    The original City Hall is where the Uruguayan constitution was signed in 1830. This two-story colonial edifice houses an impressive collection...Read More

  • 11. Iglesia Matriz

    Ciudad Vieja | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It's officially the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Phillip and St. James, but it is known to Montevideans as the Matriz ("head...Read More

  • 12. Museo de Bellas Artes

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

    Known locally as the Blanes Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts is housed in an elegant colonial mansion that once belonged to Uruguay's foremost...Read More

  • 13. Museo de Historia del Arte (MuHAr)

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    In the Palacio Municipal (an ambitious name for this unremarkable brick city hall) you'll find the Museum of Art History, which has the country...Read More

  • 14. Museo de la Memoria

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

    The question still pains Uruguayans who remember the era: How did South America's strongest democracy dissolve into 12 years of brutal military...Read More

  • 15. Museo del Carnaval

    Ciudad Vieja | Museum/Gallery

    Move over, Rio. Montevideo's annual Carnaval celebration may be more low-key than that of its northern neighbor, but it lasts for a full 40...Read More

  • 16. Museo del Fútbol

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

    Other countries have their history," Helenio Herrera, Uruguay's most famous soccer coach once said. "We have our fútbol." Indeed, fútbol —that...Read More

  • 17. Palacio Legislativo

    Prado | Government Building

    Almost 50 different types of native marble were used in the construction of the Legislative Palace, the seat of Uruguay's bicameral legislature...Read More

  • 18. Palacio Taranco/Museo de Artes Decorativas

    Ciudad Vieja | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Built in 1907, the ornate Taranco Palace in the Ciudad Vieja is representative of the French-inspired architecture favored in fin-de-siècle...Read More

  • 19. Parque del Prado

    Prado | Park/Playground

    The oldest of the city's parks is also one of the most popular. Locals come to see El Rosedal, the rose garden with more than 800 different...Read More

  • 20. Parque Rodó

    This park has a little something for everyone with two amusement parks, a number of decent eateries, and the National Museum of Visual Arts...Read More

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