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Sightseeing in Montevideo - what to see. Complete travel guide

Montevideo The city was founded in the early 18th century by the Spanish. The purpose of founding Montevideo was rather peculiar. It was a fortress city, which helped the Spanish to control the actions of smugglers on important trade routes, which were located in close proximity to the city. Montevideo has soon turned into a major shopping area, and today this place is known as a center of recreation and tourism.
In Montevideo, tourists’ most favorite place for shopping is Mercado del Puerto located in a beautiful historic pavilion. Gourmets will be impressed by meat delicacies. Here, you can … Open
This beautiful city traditionally amazes its visitors by numerous architectural styles, beautiful parks and avenues, and the greatness of the River Uruguay. In order to learn more about the history of the city, you need to make a tour to its major sites.
Start your observation of Montevideo from the central square called Plaza de la Constitucion. Here was founded the largest cathedral in the city, which construction took place in the beginning of the 19th century. The building of the Town Hall appeared a little later. These buildings represent a remarkable and harmonious combination of two architectural styles - Baroque and Classicism. Among other landmarks of this city we suggest visiting an attractive theater called "Solis" and a new town hall. Copyright
In Montevideo, there are a lot of places you can visit with children. One of such places is Parque Lecocq. The zoo is opened in the territory of a picturesque nature preserve. Among dense … Open
In Montevideo are opened approximately two dozen of theaters, the most popular ones are Tinglado, Nuevo Stella, Sirkular and Mercedes. Fans of exhibits and displays should definitely visit the Museum of Natural History, National History Museum, National Museum of Fine Arts, School Museum, Zoological Museum, as well as the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts. And this is not a complete list of cultural events that you will find in this charming city. It also has two zoos and a breathtaking planetarium, where are conducted various presentation and lectures. Rich cultural program can be customized by rest on the river or visiting the restaurants that serve national cuisine.
Montevideo - Plaza de Independencia An outstanding architectural monument is the magnificent Palacio Salvo. This amazing palace was built on the motives of the Divine Comedy for the Salvo brothers who were among the wealthiest locals. Today the appearance of the building wonderfully combines elements of neoclassicism, neo-Gothic and eclecticism. The facade's complex decoration allows those familiar with the work of Dante Alighieri to recognize many of the elements mentioned in the poem.
Montevideo greets its visitors with more than two hundreds of gastronomy establishments which specialize in the most different culinary trends. The Tandory restaurant will be of great … Open
Another interesting historical object is the Estévez Palace built in 1873. The luxurious palace originally belonged to Francisco Esteves, but by the end of the 19th century, it was acquired by the Uruguayan government. The building served as the main presidential residence for more than a hundred years until it was decided to convert it to a museum of presidential gifts. It functioned only a few years. In 2009, the beautiful palace was restored and converted into a mausoleum, which currently houses the remains of José Artigas, the famous national hero.
Plaza Independencia Nature lovers in Montevideo are sure to be invited to Lobos Island. Today, the whole territory of the island is a nature reserve. The island that is not rich in vegetation became a habitat of a large colony of sea lions. Curious tourists come here to see these amazing animals every day. The island can also offer a lot of surfing and scuba diving sites.
Montevideo is a city of interesting culture and original traditions. Its visitors have a chance to witness and take part in numerous exciting ethnic fests, learn local handicraft traditions … Open
The picturesque sandy beach of Punta del Este has long been a popular tourist destination due to the talent of the local sculptor Mario Irarrázabal. In 1982, Montevideo hosted the annual International Meeting of Modern Sculpture where Mario Irarrázabal presented an unusual monument depicting a hand rising out of the sand. The height of the sculptural composition is about 3 meters. According to the author, it should serve as a warning to tourists, as it is extremely important to be cautious during the beach holiday.
Rio da Prata An interesting historical object is the impressive fortress of Fortaleza del Cerro. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century and was of exceptional strategic importance. The majestic fortress was originally used as a beacon, its height is 134 meters. The historical monument is perfectly preserved to the present day.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Montevideo
♥   Shopping area ' 18 de Julio Avenue' Montevideo, 5.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Peatonal Sarandí' Montevideo, 6.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Avda. Italia' Montevideo, 7.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Montevideo
♥   National Park 'Arequita' , 104.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Unlike some eco-friendly hotels, Fasano Las Piedras does not deprive its guests of the usual level of comfort. All rooms are equipped with modern technology. Another special feature of this wonderful hotel is the developed sports infrastructure. Apart from the beautiful beach, the hotel offers its clients the golf center, the riding club, the tennis courts and the field for polo games. … Read further

Sightseeing in Uruguay: things to see

The Independence Square is considered the largest square in Montevideo. The main place of interest in the city, Artigas Mausoleum, is also located there. There is one more sight right in front of the historical landmark. This is Palacio Salvo, the highest building in South America. Travelers are also recommended to visit Plaza Constitución square as near it they will find such a famous landmark as Iglesia Matriz de El Salvador church that was built in the eighteenth century. There are also many museums in Montevideo, the most famous being Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda and the National Museum of History. … Open
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