A small, bourgeois and culture-loving city, the capital of Uruguay is the perfect destination for those who wish to experience the charm of its enormous neighbouring city Buenos Aires, without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of such a huge urban region. Take one of our cheap flights to Montevideo and discover a modest city, with ‘Mate’ (a herbal infusion, much loved by Uruguayans and Argentineans) flowing through its veins, where residents live to the beat of tango and milonga music, along the tranquil left bank of the Plata River.
Lose yourself in Montevideo’s numerous squares, tree-lined avenues and peaceful neighbourhood streets. Its historic centre, or Old Town, is the epicentre of the city’s culture. Here you will find bookshops, theatres and the most significant Colonial buildings from the first decades of independence, such as the Cabildo and the metropolitan basilica, which are both located in Constitution Square. The prestigious Solís Theatre, which symbolises Uruguayan culture, is admired by both locals and visitors from far and wide.
One of the most significant and fascinating places in the Old Town is the Port Market, located in front of the port, where you can go at midday to treat your ears and palate to delicious grilled dishes, accompanied by the sound of guitars, accordions and African drums, luring in anyone who passes by. Another typical area of this city region, is the pedestrian Sarandí street, home to a plethora of art galleries, artisanal stalls, musical performances and open workshops, which lead to a flea market.
If you want to unwind next to the water, Montevideo boasts one of the country’s best beaches, namely the Pocitos beach, an oasis of white sand, where you can partake in a whole variety of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. This is also the perfect place for relaxing with a good ‘Mate’, as the locals do.
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