The Capital of Uruguay and largest city is Montevideo with the highest quality of life in Latin America. It was established in 1724 by the Spanish colonizers on the northeastern bank of Rio de la Plata.
Montevideo a city with almost 1.4 million inhabitants, and a metropolitan area of 2 million is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, the trading blocks of Latin America, something similar to the role of Brussels in Europe.
It is regarded as the fifth gay-friendly major city in the world and first in Latin America.
La Rambla in Montevideo Uruguay
The Rambla of Montevideo is a large stretch of beaches. There are many beaches to choose from.
It is about 22 km long and separates the beaches from the city. It links the outer sections of Montevideo to the Old City. Locals use this walk for all kind of activities, active and passive. At any time you see people strolling, jogging of just plain relaxing on one of the many benches, where friends meet to talk or read a book or newspaper.
This walk is a perfect scene for sunset and take a break after a busy day. To summarize it is a very important site for the Uruguayans.
The beaches are so close to your hotels or cafes that it’s just a few steps to reach them. The beaches are very clean and safe with a lifeguard on duty.
Plaza Independencia in Montevideo
Independence Square is one of the most important attractions in the Capital of Uruguay. It features the mausoleum of the nation’s hero General Gervasio Artigas. It is the perfect place to start a visit to the Old City and continue to Teatro Solis and the remains of the old city walls and town gate.
Teatro Solis an old theater located within the Independence Square. It was opened in 1856 and is the pride and honor of all the citizens.
It offers space for 1,500 people and is used for concerts and performances such as operas. You may visit the theater with a local guide in many languages.
The Old City of Montevideo the Capital of Uruguay
This is the name given to the Old City of Montevideo, the Capital of Uruguay, located by the harbor and a feeling of going on a trip to the past. The streets are paved with cobblestones featuring many boutiques and galleries and of course, many cafes lining the streets.
The center of the Old City is Plaza Independencia, featuring the statue of national hero Gervasio Artigas marking the spot of his underground tomb.
Other landmarks are the Cathedral built between 1790 and 1804 are the Cabildo de Montevideo or the Colonial House of Government; Casa Rivera, the 19th century home of Uruguay’s first president Fructuoso Rivera; la Casa Garibaldi, the home of Italian hero Guiseppe Garibaldi who was exiled in Uruguay after joining an anti-royal revolt in Italy.
It is located in the neighborhood of Pocitos Montevideo. This interesting red brick building was built by the eccentric architect and alchemist Humberto Pittamiglio.
It features old looking rooms with staircases leading nowhere.
This is the Legislative Palace of Montevideo. Fifty different types of marble were used to build this impressive structure, one of Montevideo’s most visited landmarks.
Besides being home to the bicameral legislature, it offers many pieces of art inside the building.
Museum Juan Manuel Blanes
Opened in 1930 this museum features a large collection of paintings of national and international origins. It is named after famous Uruguayan artist, Juan Manuel Blanes.
It was built in the Renaissance style of the classic Italian villas.
The Carnival Museum
Located opposite the port this museum celebrates the annual festivities of Montevideo’s Carnival, that takes place every year from January until March, making it the longest carnival in the world and the pride of Uruguayans.
Fortaleza del Cerro
Located in the highest mountain of the city with a breathtaking view is this Fortress that was built in the 19th century to protect the port and the population against invaders.
This is a trendy neighborhood of the Capital of Uruguay. It is so well located, that you are at walking distance to the Rambla and the beaches, bars, restaurants a movie theater and many cafes.
But everyone’s favorites are the bakeries and delicatessens offering culinary treats.
Feria de Tristan Narvaja is Uruguay's largest Flea Market
Stretching over several city blocks this one of the largest outdoor fairs. It opens on Saturday and Sunday and exists for almost 100 years.
You’ll be amazed at the things you find for sale here, such as antiques, produce and fresh fruit and probably everything you can imagine.
This is the biggest Flea Market in Uruguay. The biggest and most Uruguayan flea market. It is located on Avenida Tristán Narvaja, after which the market is named.
Do not miss this important landmark and you may end up finding rare music, very old books and used technical equipment.
Uruguayan Asado or Barbecue at Mercado del Puerto
Mercado del Puerto
In English, the Port Market is where you will experience a great culinary experience. There are countless “parrillas” or grills where you may try the typical “Asado” of Uruguayan Barbecue.
It is made of storefronts that were established more than 130 years ago and is protected as a National Historic Monument. It features special architectural styles such as wrought iron balustrades and an old English chiming clock as a centerpiece.
What was once a market for fruit and vegetables is now mostly a center for cafes and restaurants offering all kind of dishes but with the emphasis on the famous Barbecues.
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