Stretched along the banks of the beautiful Rio de la Plata, Montevideo – South America’s southernmost capital city – is a remarkable place to visit. With stunning natural landscapes to explore, an exciting city centre and a vibrant culture to discover, Uruguay’s lively capital caters to all.
The city revolves around the Plaza de la Independencia, once the site of a Spanish citadel. The Ciudad Vieja (the Old City) is home to many of Montevideo’s most beautiful historic buildings, including the 26-storey Palacio Salvo – once the tallest building in South America, the neoclassical performance hall, Solís Theatre, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. A number of these iconic buildings have recently been converted into stylish cafes, bars, fashionable shops and art galleries.
Mercado del Puerto is an old port market located by the city’s harbour and has also been refurbished to create one of the city’s most exciting spots. An array of charming shops and mouth-watering steakhouses can be uncovered, while the street entertainers and artists build a real buzz of excitement.
Montevideo is renowned for its stunning architecture, one of the most beautiful and important examples of which is the Legislative Palace, the seat of the Uruguayan government. Construction on this prominent building – which was declared a National Historic Monument in 1975 – began in 1908. The palace was inaugurated in 1925 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Uruguay’s Declaration of Independence.
La Rabida Ranch
Uruguay is renowned for its estancias (ranches), which occupy more than three quarters of the land. A day at an estancia offers visitors the chance to learn more about living in the countryside. La Rabida is a sprawling working ranch, which is over 100 years old.
Located at the end of Independence Square, the Solís Theatre is Uruguay’s oldest theatre and one of South America’s most important, when it comes to classical music. Originally built in the 1850s in Neoclassical style, this iconic venue more recently underwent a restoration project. Today the theatre, said to be named after Juan Díaz de Solís – the Spanish navigator who discovered the River Plate – hosts performances of ballet, opera and popular music.