What to do in Montevideo
Here is what to do in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Discover its essence with the 10 best activities you can do.
Visit Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia is the most important square in Uruguay. Built in honor of the country’s independence, in the center of it you will find Artigas Monument and Mausoleum (hero of the homeland). Around the square, there are also several emblematic buildings of the city. You can enjoy its history on our Free Tour Old City.
18 de Julio Avenue
It is the main avenue of the city, which goes from the Obelisk to the Plaza Independencia. In it there are many shops, places to eat, bars, cinemas, theaters, squares, the Municipality of Montevideo and historical buildings. One of the ideal places to get to know the lifestyle of the people of Montevideo.
Montevideo from above
On the 22nd floor of the Montevideo Municipality (Av. 18 de Julio esq. Ejido), there is a panoramic viewpoint, which reveals one of the most complete and emblematic views of the capital. The entry is completely free and has graphic information of each important building. The viewpoint also has a cafeteria and souvenir sales, among other novelties.
Football, more than a passion
One of the cultural pillars of Uruguay is, without a doubt, football. The first world champion has two World Cups and two Olympic golds in his showcases. Uruguayans breathe football and every weekend the country freezes with the national championship. One recommendation is to go and encourage the two largest teams in the country: Nacional and Peñarol. In addition, Uruguay has the only stadium in the world considered by FIFA as a Historical Monument of World Soccer: the legendary Centennial Stadium. It has the football museum, in addition to having been the stadium where the first World Cup final was played in 1930 between the teams from Uruguay and Argentina.
The heart of the city
To know the rhythm of life in Montevideo, it is mandatory to visit the famous Rambla (waterfront), considered as the heart of the city. More than 30 km of coastal walk along the Río de la Plata, the rambla has the best sunsets in the city as well as several beaches to enjoy a swim. The people of Montevideo take advantage of this outdoor space to fish, play sports or simply get together to drink mate. In our Punta Carretas Free Tour we finish the tour on the boulevard of said neighborhood.
The Parque Rodó neighborhood is related to bohemia and youth. Its heart is the second oldest park in the city, Parque Rodó (formerly Parque Urbano). Visit the castle of the park,
In the Cordón Soho area is the most important nightlife in the city. Mix of old and modern bars, craft breweries, discos and much more, you cannot know Montevideo without knowing its night.
Every Sunday and for more than a century, the traditional Tristán Narvaja fair is the traditional morning walk for people from Montevideo and tourists. Located in the Cordón neighborhood, it begins at the corner of Av. 18 de Julio and Tristán Narvaja, extending for several blocks and cross sections. It is very famous for the sale of books, vinyl records, clothing, food, crafts and antiques. Must visit!
Thundering of drums
If you walk through Montevideo, in any neighborhood, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, you will feel the city beat to the rhythm of the drum. The comparsas get together to play candombe, typical popular music of Montevideo with African roots, the neighborhood accompanies and dances to the rhythm of this pillar of our Carnival. Isla de Flores street is the most famous to visit and appreciate this wonderful cultural scene.
Uruguay is considered one of the countries in the world with the best quality of beef. The barbecue is a popular tradition that spreads throughout the national territory, and in Montevideo it is particularly exposed to tourism in specialized restaurants and markets. The most famous of these: the Mercado del Puerto (our end point of the tour in the Free Tour Old City). Today there are several and different gastronomic markets to visit: Agricultural Market, Ferrando Market, Williman Market, Immigrant Market, among others.
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