So you need a break from the hustling and exhausting city life in Buenos Aires? Nothing easier than that! Just hop on a ferry and cross to the other side of the river to visit Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Honestly there are not as many things to do in Montevideo as in B.A. – but it's the perfect spot for a few relaxing days & it somehow feels like a timewarp. Join me on my walk with these photos of Montevideo.
Walking the streets of the southernmost capital of the Americas feels very different if you experienced the pulsating capital of Argentina before, which is only a 3 hours boatride away. The special charm of Montevideo lies in the mixture of architecture one can find here: blocks, neoclassical architecture and postmodern style are coexistent throughout the whole city.
Let's start our walk right in the city center:
I especially liked the fact that Montevideo offers great streetart throughout the whole city – colorful walls and great pieces can be found easily on your walk through the town:
The next spot to visit is also one of the biggest advantages of the city compared to Buenos Aires: the rambla, a 22km long promenade along the River de la Plata:
Beside the famous Rambla you should also have a look at the parques along the riverside offering the possibilty to sit down or have a nap in between.
Alright, let's finish our little walk in the city center where we started – of course with a few to the Palacio Salvo:
“Honouring diversity is honouring life; Montevideo is for the respect of all identities and sexual orientations” – this letters can be read at the sexual diversity monument located in the city center.
Where to stay in Montevideo?
The Splendido Hotel has been my home for 5 days. Located right next to the Teatro Solis it is the perfect starting point for discovering and enjoying the old town with it's restaurants, mentioned diverse architecture and nightlife. I chose a private room as I needed some more privacy to relax from the past weeks in Buenos Aires where I celebrated Christmas and New Years Eve – a good choice and finaly I got some decent sleep ;)
Positive: Location and I also liked the breakfest which consisted of Toast, Marmelade, Dulce de Leche, Honey, Cake, a selection of fruits and cereals as well as tea and coffee.
Downsides: The staff was nice but could hardly help out with recommendations, tips or ideas of what to do in the city. Moreover there have been only 2 bathrooms, which is not sufficient for the size of the Hotel which is more a Hostel. In summertime it can get quite hot – airconditioning would be great but is not installed.
Prices: 5 Bed Dorm for 11 € / Double for 18 € (p.P.), breakfest included
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Great pictures of Montevideo, Steve. I have a place in Ciudad Vieja near the Mercado del Puerto, where I live about half of the year. The produce market you show is where I buy all my fruits and vegetables.
The Salvo Palace, the building in the first and fourth image of your post was designed by Mario Palanti, an immigrant from Italy who lived in Buenos Aires. It was completed in 1928. It is 95 meters tall and was the tallest building in South America for several decades.
Thanks David – also for adding the information about the Salvo Palace. Congrats to your decision to live in this relaxed city, I really enjoyed my stay there!
very great! love Montevideo love Uruguay.
Hermosa ciudad de la banda oriental del Uruguay!
Un lugar genial, amo mi pais…
cuanto retoque, por Dios!, horas para borrar la basura … juas juas
Sin lugar a dudas los extranjeros valoran más nuestra ciudad que nosotros los montevideanos.
Hermosas estas fotografías me gustaria conocer Punta del Este
Excelente selección de fotografías…parece un montevideano por la visión que tiene de la ciudad.Felicitaciones. y Gracias por difundir.
Beautiful Montevideo, very friendly people, always willing to help, and report on their city and their country, a destination, very interesting, where tranquility, along with their safety, and hospitality, and short distance between the city and its beaches and parks, make Montevideo, one of the destinations of South America, most charming. Infraextructura excellent accommodation and gastronomic, for all levels, complete its attractions, theaters, libraries, shoping, historical sites, cultural, and most modern architecture to colonial. My opinion 10 star, to Montevideo, Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
Preciosas footos!!! Gracias por compartir!
Querendo voltar logo…
linda! amo essa cidade!
Hermosas fotografias, bella bella mi Ciudad….
estaba en Punta del Este y voy a escribir un otro articulo con un video de mi experiencia!
BELLEZA, HISTORIA, Y MODERNISMO.
Me gustaria verlo cuando lo termines, saludos.
It looks like the most ideal setting for learning how to glide, great photos! The information is really awesome. Thanks!
Foto maravillosa, gracias por las amables palabras y el buen humor.
I’m visiting next May. Your pictures are great. I can’t wait!