What to see in Montevideo

Montevideo Attractions

Sadly, many visitors who travel to Montevideo regard it as no more than an entry point for a holiday in Uruguay; however, this interesting and lively South American capital city has just as much to offer tourists as continental competitors such as Buenos Aires do. With bargain shopping, an atmospheric old town, beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and a world-famous football stadium, a Montevideo holiday is well worth having.

Travellers in Montevideo should be sure to explore Ciudad Vieja, the oldest part of the city, particularly the Plaza Independencia where many of Montevideo's most striking landmarks can be found. Take a stroll along The Rambla, the promenade winding along Uruguay's lovely beachfront. Sample local cuisine at Mercado del Puerto (the Port Market) and be sure to feast on some of the city's world-renowned steak at one of Montevideo's restaurants. Visit the National History Museum for some education on the city's past; and take in a football match at the frenetic Estadio Centenario.

Sightseeing in Montevideo is fun, but those wanting to explore further afield will also find that many great excursions and day trips are possible from the city. For instance, the charming old city of Colonia del Sacramento is only two-hours' drive away, making for a perfect one-day escape during your time in the capital.

Ciudad Vieja

Montevideo's ancient city is a fascinating and vibrant district of old buildings and cobbled streets. Musicians and dancers…

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Estadio Centenario

Built between 1929 and 1930, to commemorate the centenary of Uruguay's first constitution, the Estadio Centenario also…

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Mercado del Puerto (Port Market)

Montevideo's historic port market is a lively affair, which takes place under a vast wrought-iron structure reminiscent…

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National History Museum

The Museo Historico Nacional is a good place to begin an exploration of Montevideo for those interested in the city's…

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Plaza Independencia

Montevideo's showpiece plaza contains some of the city's most impressive architecture, including its best-known landmark,…

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