Montevideo

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Discover Uruguay's lively capital, where modern galleries, artisanal boutiques and riverside restaurants are contrasted with the colonial architecture of its old town.

Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, embodies the country's distinct blend of European culture and South American small-town atmosphere. From its historic district, which features architecture dating back 300 years, to its modern artsy and upmarket suburbs, this city cherishes its distinct identity.

Start your exploration where the city began; in the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town). These colonial streets hold popular attractions like the Mercado del Puerto, a market area featuring parrillas (steakhouses), craft shops and street performers. Appreciate European influence at the Museum of Decorative Arts, where furniture and crafts from Spain and Portugal are displayed inside the French-style Palacio Taranco.

Explore the pedestrian-only Sarandi street and find galleries, antique stores and artisanal shops. Pass through Plaza Constitución for a great view of the 18th-century Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. Nearby, the Montevideo Cabildo, a 19th-century neoclassical city hall, is worth a visit.

Plaza Independencia connects the Ciudad Vieja with downtown. Spot the Puerta de la Ciudadela (Gateway of the Citadel), a remnant of fortified Montevideo. The Museo Torres Garcia displays paintings by Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia. After browsing, watch an opera at Teatro Solís.

Watch a match at Centenary Stadium to experience the passion of a South American soccer crowd. Walk across Parque Batlle and find the Museum of Football, which will delight sporting fans.

In the evenings, walk along La Rambla, a gorgeous riverside promenade connecting the city port to upper class beach suburbs such as Pocitos and Carrasco. Picnic in a park at sunset or take advantage of plentiful riverside dining options. During carnival at the start of the year, the open-air Teatro de Verano becomes a hive of festivities. Time your visit to see murga and candombé dance performances.

Get to Montevideo by plane, bus or ferry. Travel around town using convenient, low-cost bus services. After your fill of the urban rush, take intercity buses to other locations around Uruguay, which is known for its beach towns and lush wine-growing regions.

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5 out of 5
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4.5 out of 5
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is AU$75 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
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