Founded in 1726 by the Spanish as a response to the growing influence of Portugal and looking out across the River Plate estuary towards Buenos Aires, the city remains a thriving capital city and a bustling port with 20 kms of coastline including many beaches, creeks, green parks and promenades.
- Go for a jog or a bike ride along the famous La Rambla waterfront promenade
- Tuck into a fantastic steak in one of the bustling Old Port market’s parrillas
- Take in a show of the Montevideo Orchestra at the historic Teatro Solis
- Hang out in a cafe and watch the local street musicians and artists at work
- Pay homage at the grand statue of Jose Artigas, the independence hero
On account of its rich history, Montevideo boasts an intriguing variety of architectural influences ranging from elegant French and Italian colonial buildings to a very distinctive Art Deco style. At the heart of the Old City is the main square, Plaza Independencia, with its imposing black marble statue of Jose Artigas, the revered national hero.
At the foot of Perez Castellano you will find Montevideo’s old port market building which is well worth a visit, especially on weekend afternoons when the parrillas (steak restaurants) are bustling and the city’s artists and street musicians turn it into a lively and colourful place to hang out.
On the eastern edge of the city is the Carrasco neighbourhood that once served as an elegant seaside resort and has since evolved into one of Montevideo’s most exclusive areas with some fabulous bars and restaurants. La Rambla links most parts of the city with its wonderful 20km long promenade that hugs the coastline and is a hive of activity with joggers, cyclists, walkers and those merely out to chat with friends or soak up the fabulous ocean sunsets.