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The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Montevideo, Uruguay

The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Montevideo, Uruguay
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Updated: 9 February 2017
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Uruguay‘s capital is a very manageable city, and it is easy to find the different sides of the city. We list the best things to do and see in Montevideo, from a walk along the Rambla and a day at the beach to a classic tourist city tour.

Walk along the Rambla

La Rambla is about 10 miles long, and it separates the city from the sea. It is possible to walk from the suburban parts of the city into the old town without any interruption. This walk is a perfect way to take a break from everyday life, to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. It is also a great place to spark up conversations with locals, and learn more about their culture, as it is a very important meeting point for Uruguayos.

Teatro Solís

Teatro Solís is the most important theatre in Uruguay, and the second-biggest theatre in South America. The main hall of the theatre offers space for 1,500 people and is used for performances of operas, but also theatre events and concerts.

Teatro Solís in Montevideo

Mercado del Puerto

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Mercado del Puerto, food market, Montevideo, Uruguay, parrilla Uruguay
Mercado del Puerto. | © Christian Córdova / Flickr
This building, constructed from steel, was originally a market for fruit, vegetables and meat. Today, it is still called the ‘Harbor Market’, but there are not quite as many market stalls and stands. Instead, the Mercado del Puerto, hosts a good range of restaurants. The majority of them offer the speciality ‘parrilla‘, a grill for sausages, meat and seafood.
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Mercado del Puerto, Montevideo

Montevideo’s Beaches

Montevideo has a lot of beaches, which are a great place to head on a hot day. There are a few on the outskirts of the city, and along the Rambla, and more near the Old Town.

Montevideo Beach

Plaza Independencia

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Plaza Independencia is Montevideo's main square
Plaza Independencia is Montevideo's main square | © Cornelius Kibelka / Flickr
No visit to the Uruguayan capital is complete without a trip into the heart of the city. The Old Town is a place full of history and attractions, and the ideal starting point is the Plaza Independencia. From there you can reach the Teatro Solís, Palacio Salvo, and will see the remains of the city walls and town gate, which is the beginning of the original Old Town.
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Plaza Independencia
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Museum of Fine Arts – Juan Manuel Blanes

This museum opened in 1930 and is named after the famous Uruguayan artist Juan Manuel Blanes. The building itself is reminiscent of the classic Italian villas built in the Renaissance style. The Museum of Fine Arts keeps paintings by Blanes, but has displays of other national and international artists. Don’t miss the surrounding Japanese garden.

Av Millán 4015, Montevideo, Uruguay, +598 2336 2248

Yerba Maté

Uruguay’s traditional drink is yerba maté tea. It is made from herbs from the mate bush, over which you pour boiling water. The original way to drink it is to use a maté container, filled up with the herbs and hot water, and drink it through the so called ‘bombilla‘, which works like a straw.

Yerba Mate tea set

Fortaleza Del Cerro

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Fortaleza del Cerro
In addition to its beauty, Fortaleza del Cerro offers an astonishing view of Montevideo | © Jorge Gobbi / Flickr
Fortaleza Del Cerro is a fort which is located on the highest mountain in the city. It was built in the 19th century to protect the population and the port. Today, it is a popular destination to enjoy the beautiful view over the city and learn more about Montevideo’s history.
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Fortaleza Del Cerro

Feria de Tristán Narvaja

Every Sunday, in the district of Cordón, you will find one of the most typical flea markets in Montevideo. More exactly, you will find the biggest and most popular market in the street of Avenida Tristán Narvaja, after which the market is named. Go for a stroll at the Feria de Tristán Narvaja where you will find antiques, books, used technical equipment, music and rare objects.

Avenida Tristán Narvaja, Montevideo, Uruguay

Feria de Tristán Narvaja

Candombe

Originally, the Candombe, music and dance performance, was brought to South America by African slaves, and is still practised today. Today, the Candombe is declared as intangible part of the world’s cultural heritage by UNESCO and is still presented on Sundays at 7pm in the district of Palermo in Montevideo.

Las Llamadas Carnival
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