1. Punta del Este
Also known as the Saint Tropez of South America. A glitzy resort which sees a huge influx of Argentineans every summer. High rise apartments, swanky restaurants and clubs that open all night, Punta is somewhere to go and party. And then head down to the glorious beach to sleep it off while admiring all the beautiful people and local celebrities.
2. Colonia del Sacramento
A colonial gem just a short boat trip across the River Plate from Buenos Aires. Once you arrive here you feel like you have stepped back in time. The cobbled streets and colourful houses makes it feel like old world Europe. Along with great restaurants and hotels plus quirky shops, it’s a wonderful place to spend a couple of days.
A charming capital city with a well preserved and atmospheric old town (Ciudad Vieja). Also across the river from Buenos Aires, this journey takes slightly longer than the one to Colonia. This is where half the Uruguayan population live. A long sandy beach wraps around the city but it’s also a cultured place with plenty of museums, galleries, theatres and tango halls.
4. Atlantic beaches
Hundreds of kilometers of some of the world’s best wild beaches and some quaint fishing villages. Unspoiled and often empty, somewhere to go to get away from it all.
A laid back, friendly and hospitable nation who are rightly very proud of their country. One of the most educated populations (as well as one of the smallest) in South America. They also know how to enjoy themselves!
If it sounds like a place where you could spend your next holiday, have a look at Historic Haciendas selection of the best estancias in Uruguay.
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