Montevideo

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The capital and largest city of Uruguay combines history and architecture with theaters and live music, beaches and waterfront walks.

Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, blends a distinct European flavor with a welcoming small-town feel. Enjoy the many aspects of this coastal city: 18th- and 19th-century edifices in its historic center, a vibrant arts scene and upmarket beachside suburbs.

Start your visit in the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), the historical area that sits on a western peninsula of the city. Here you’ll find major attractions, such as the Mercado del Puerto, a market area with parrillas (steakhouses), craft shops and street performers. Spot European art and furniture at the Museum of Decorative Arts, set inside the French-style Palacio Taranco.

Stroll along pedestrianized Sarandi street and browse galleries, antique stores and stands selling artisanal items. Stop at Plaza Constitución to admire the 18th-century Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral and the 19th-century neoclassical old city hall, the Montevideo Cabildo.

Take time to explore Plaza Independencia, which connects the Ciudad Vieja with central Montevideo. Look for the Puerta de la Ciudadela (Gateway of the Citadel), the last-surviving landmark of fortified Montevideo. See work by Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia at the Museo Torres Garcia. Watch an opera or take a backstage tour at Teatro Solís.

Make your way over to Parque Batlle and experience the passion of a South American soccer match at the Centenary Stadium. Soccer fans will appreciate the displays of memorabilia at the Museum of Football.

Be sure to walk along picturesque La Rambla, a riverside promenade that stretches from the city port through exclusive beach suburbs such as Pocitos and Carrasco. The promenade is lined with public parks, beaches, bars and restaurants. It’s also home to the open-air Teatro de Verano, a main venue during the city’s carnival celebrations. Come here to watch traditional murga and candombé song and dance performances.

Reach Montevideo by plane, bus or ferry. Once in the city, use the efficient and low-cost public buses to get around. Consider using long-haul bus services or renting a car to see more of this small country known for its wine-growing regions, beautiful beaches and friendly locals.

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Where to stay in Montevideo

Regency Way Montevideo Hotel
Regency Way Montevideo Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. General Fructuoso Rivera 3377, Montevideo
The price is £30 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
Located in Pocitos, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montevideo Shopping Mall and World Trade Center. Castillo Pittamiglio and Contemporary Art ...
4.4/5Excellent! (755 reviews)
"Roadworks outside property were extensive and made access difficult."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2020

Regency Way Montevideo Hotel
Cala Di Volpe Boutique Hotel
Cala Di Volpe Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rbla. Mahatma Gandhi y Parva Domus, Montevideo
The price is £43 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
Located in Punta Carretas, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zorrilla Museum and Punta Carretas Shopping Mall. Castillo Pittamiglio and World Trade Center ...
4.4/5Excellent! (577 reviews)
"Beautiful location, excellent breakfast and very nice in general."

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Cala Di Volpe Boutique Hotel
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
4.5 out of 5
Rambla República del Perú 1479, Montevideo
The price is £95 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
Located in Pocitos, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pocitos Beach and World Trade Center. Montevideo Shopping Mall and Monumento La Carreta are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (528 reviews)
"Property slowly reopening after pandemic closeness"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021

Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Bv. España 2769 (CP 11300), Bº Pocitos, Montevideo
The price is £36 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in Pocitos, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pocitos Beach and Castillo Pittamiglio. World Trade Center and Monumento La Carreta are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (235 reviews)
"Enjoyed the location. Easy walk to everything we would like. Shops, beach, restaurants etc. Bikes were an option we used every day. Quiet and clean. Also noice top floor with work out equ and a sauna we used often. Never did figure out how to heat up hot tub. English not spoken widely so it required ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
Spacious illuminated and unique apartment
Spacious illuminated and unique apartment
1470 Juncal, 401, Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo
Located in Montevideo Centro, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Peatonal Sarandí, Independence Square and Linardi and Risso Library. Puerta de la ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Spacious Apartment
"Perfect for the three of us."

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Spacious illuminated and unique apartment
Quijano Apart & Suites
Quijano Apart & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Carlos Quijano 1281, Montevideo, Montevido
The price is £41 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
Located in Montevideo Centro, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fountain of Locks, Museum of the History of Art and Intendencia Lookout. Palacio Piria ...
Quijano Apart & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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