La Rambla of Montevideo is the most beautiful street in the city. It´s a walk around the edge of the Sea of Silver, and on Sundays and holidays everyone comes to gather there. It has beautiful buildings, especially stores and restaurants that everyone goes to on holidays. Montevideo is more expensive than Buenos Aires and much smaller. Without a doubt I´ll stick to Argentina.
Visiting the old city of Montevideo is like traveling back in time. It has a special magic you can appreciate and admire as the Uruguayans fought to preserve their heritage and colony. This district is strikingly different from the rest of the city and can be entered through the door of the ancient citadel which is still standing.
Centennial Stadium, one of the icons of Uruguayan football, where anyone would be impress for what it is and now what it looks like, as what matters is what happens inside. Something memorable for many Uruguayan soccer fans, where they play the best classic games between Nacional and Peñarol. Simply spectacular.
December 31st, 2010 I had the opportunity to see in the New Year with my Venezuelan family outside the Solis Theatre, an event which had been organized by owners of the Rara Avis restaurant and particularly by Mr. William Bazzan, and it was definitely a fantastic party. The atmosphere with people from several South American countries, music, fireworks, the great party favors and everything was brought to a fantastic close with a beautiful meal. Needless to say that I would love to repeat the experience. Soon I think I will go to enjoy the theatre, and I'm finding out what will be on in October 2011.
La Plaza de la Independencia is the boundary between the business center of Montevideo and the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town). The Government Palace and the statue of General Artigas, the father of the Uruguayan nation, can both be seen here. I think it´s a great place because you can see the mixture all of the different styles of the buildings surrounding the plaza.
Rodó Park is split into three parts, a playground with games for children, a playground for adults and a green area very close to the coast. The latter has fountains, passageways around lakes and lanterns plus a library in a castle by the lake. During summer, facing the castle you can see the people playing classical music and dancing ballet.
It is a neighborhood in the city of Montevideo, very close to the coast of the River Plata. The area has been called Buceo de la Luz since 1752 due to divers ve participated in the rescue of the cargo of a sunken ship. Currently it is called only Buceo. It grew a lot in the 20th century as a spa. Today it is a modern neighborhood, full of towers, buildings, offices and houses.
This is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city of Montevideo. Only a glance at it and it will grab your attention. Its got a very distinctive, and somewhat strange, style which is what makes it different. Perhaps it was the subject of much criticism from 20th century architecture reviewers. It's like a mixture of architectural styles, very well done by the way, in a single piece. Something very unusual and daring, but ultimately a great success. It opened in around 1925 and, at the time, it was the tallest building in South America thanks to its 27 floors and total of 95 meters. It is located on Avenida 18 de julio, right on Plaza de la Independencia, next to the entrance to the old citadel. It's one of the most photographed and studied buildings. Some days, I forget which ones, you can visit and explore the hundreds of huge, ornate rooms. The truth is that it is a building worth seeing and taking a picture of since it is practically the whole city. Its advantageous location has been a silent witness to the good and bad moments that have happened in the city. Its profile is part of it.
Just behind the Juan Manuel Blanes Museum, you'll find and authentic and surprising little Japanese garden complete with wooden bridges over ponds of water lilies. It's a great place for a moment of zen during your visit to Montevideo.
The artisans market is a place where you can find great work of designers, crafts and typical products of Uruguay. It is right in the centre and prices vary, some things are quite rare which are expensive and others that are good souvenirs to take home.
The symbol of the political life of Uruguay. The chamber of senators and deputies are here. The building, erected in 1925 is really beauty, with marble walls, murals painted on the ceiling and gold reliefs. A classic style, not very ornate, but, really beautiful. You can visit for free every day at certain times. A guide, also free, will explain the history of the building, its functions, its legends ... It has a spectacular library with volumes of ancient and priceless works. Everything is taken care to the very last detail and very well preserved. However because it's empty, it's missing the powerful feeling you see on TV with the politicians arguing. The building is connected to another on the street in front of a tunnel that was built recently so the deputies and senators don't have to go outside to go to the offices. It generated so many complaints from citizens for spending so much money on something they considered unnecessary. In my opinion, you have to visit this building. It's free, you can learn a little more about the history of how the Uruguayans govern, and it's beautiful.
Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral has stood for over 100 years in Plaza Ituzaingo in the heart of the historic district of Montevideo. It's the largest Catholic church in Uruguay and is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and the Apostles Philip and James. It was declared as a National Historic Landmark. In its early years, it was used as a military stronghold to defend against attacks. It has also been used as a place of refuge, and for years was a silent witness to demonstrations and protest movements in times of war. It is not very large or ornate, but is quite nice in a quaint sort of way. It has an extensive schedule of masses, and is located very close to the courthouse, so many couples celebrate their wedding here.
This is one of the most famous markets in Montevideo. It will usually be on a Sunday, at least it was before, and anyone will confirm this if you ask. It is in Rodó park beside Franzini Stadium. Market days most of the streets in the area are sectioned off and the place is full of stalls and people looking to shop. There are hundreds and hundreds of stalls throughout the park. They sell everything, for surprisingly good quality. There are shoes, jeans, shirts, trousers, watches, shoes, underwear ... typical souvenirs, thermoses for matte paintings, fabrics, spices, videogames, machinery spare parts, music ... It's a full-fledged market. The little streets make it even more inviting. Do not worry, pickpockets aren't normally a problem, but like anywhere, there may be some. It's great to spend all the morning there, come and go through its streets, look, compare, haggle a bit. In between you can eat something in the stalls at the entrances or the typical vendors. If not, you can eat at the restaurants in the park. This market is quite curious because many people will buy things they weren't expecting to buy and trade with many pieces of all types
Although going shopping is not one of my favourite pastimes I went here with my family. The building has an interesting history, as it occupies the former premises of the Penitentiary of Punta Carretas, which originally opened in 1910. For decades, the prison and the nearby parish church were the only major buildings in the neighborhood. And today it is a shopping center with over 200 shops and cinemas. Like most shopping centres it was opened in the 90s'.
Every February, Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, dresses up for Carnival and in the Sur and Palermo districts, the troupes parade in the Brazilian manner, taking over their streets. There are all types of masks including some which are "highly produced" and some are very cheerful and fun when they parade through the streets of these neighborhoods, bringing the fun of a tradition so old and so often forgotten by some other peoples. It is a sight to see and participate.
Here you can enjoy a beautiful spring landscape, with breakwater, moorings and a slipway next to the Yacht Club building. There's a catch of the day brought up here, resulting in an appetising range of fish and fresh seafood in the local restaurants.
If you want to escape the concrete jungle of the city, just head to the Montevideo Botanical Gardens, especially if you're visiting the city in autumn or spring. You can walk along the trails and explore the various zones with different ecological, geographic and botanical themes. Apart from botany, there's also a herbal museum, a school of gardening and a bird watching center.