1. No trip is complete to this great city without a stroll down the Rambla of Montevideo. This is a long strip of beach that seems to never end and is a very popular place for walking, exercising and of course socializing. This seafront promenade is about 13 miles long – running from the port along to the beach suburbs. There is also a swimming beach, Playa Ramirez, if you fancy a dip.
2. If you manage to walk part of the Rambla you will undoubtedly build up a good appetite, which then means you will be ready to enjoy some delicious food at Mercado del Puerto (Port Market). Although it’s a very popular tourist attraction, it is with good reason. Here you will find countless restaurant grills (parillas) serving what they each think is the best meat in Uruguay. Start off proceedings with a medio y medio (a mixture of sparkling and dry wine aperitif) before choosing one of the many establishments who will enthusiastically be vying for your custom. Then once settled chomp down on some mouth watering meat while washing it down with a decent Uruguayan red wine. Perfection.
3. A good starting point for the city and to get your bearings is Plaza Independencia. Here you can see the mausoleum of General Artigas, a Uruguayan national hero.
4. And while in Plaza Independencia, visit Teatro Solis, which dates back to 1856. It has a rich and interesting heritage and is now used for cultural events.
5. Meandering the Ciudad Vieja (old town) where you feel like you have stepped back in time is a must do. Situated close to the harbour the picturesque cobbled streets are very pleasant place to wander around and also to watch the world go by in one of the quaint cafes.
6. For shopping enthusiasts there is the very large outdoor fair that takes place every Sunday, Feria de Tristan Narveja. Covering several city blocks here you can buy lots of interesting and different wares, ranging from antiques through to fresh produce and everything else in between. It is a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon - even for those who don’t like shopping.
7. The younger generation will have a good time in Pocitos, home to the coolest bars, restaurants and shops that Montevideo has to offer and all in a short walk of each other. There is a beach here as well with clean sand and calm water, so inviting in fact - it’s possible you might even forget you are in a capital city.
8. José Gurvich is one of Uruguay’s best known artist. So well known that he has his own museum in Plaza Matriz. Here you will find 3 floors of paintings, sculptures, collages and murals and overall is quite a feast for the eyes.
9. If you like to look around stately homes then stop by Palacio Taranco and Museo de Artes Decorativas. Formerly the private home of a wealthy family - comes complete with exquisite furnishings and art.
10. And finally Palacio Legislativo is a breath taking building. It is also one of Montevideo’s most impressive landmarks and home to a good collection of art.
Montevideo is the ideal place to start any trip to the enchanting country of Uruguay. Once you head out of the city there is the beautiful and tranquil rolling countryside to explore where you can find some wonderful places to stay. Have a look at www.historichaciendas.com for some inspiration.
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