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In the upscale Pocitos area of Montevideo, your apartment rental overlooks the ocean and is within steps to shopping, dining and nightlife. From your convenient location, you can explore all of the culture, history and entertainment Uruguay’s capital city offers.
Montevideo presents a rich cultural and architectural heritage at a leisurely pace. The old city center, Ciudad Vieja, includes museums, galleries, clubs and markets and is one of the most popular destinations. Architectural influences range from Art Deco and Portuguese to Colonial and French. Wander the narrow streets to enjoy the many beautiful buildings and artist studios, and stop by a coffee shop for a bit of people watching. Back in the Pocitos area, grab an outdoor table at Pizzeria Troubille to enjoy cheese-heaped muzzarelas.
Many of the city’s ‘jewels’ surround The Plaza Indpendencia – Palacio Salvo and the impressive Solis Theatre, where Uruguayans of every age gather to enjoy plays, dance (tango and candombe are deeply entrenched in Uruguayan culture) recitals and concerts. The House of Parliament, Palacio Legislativo, is a stunning neo-classical building, a must-visit structure with notable artwork and daily military flag ceremonies.
Just outside of the Plaza, the lively shopping 18 de Julio Avenue is home to noted Art Deco buildings and the Palacio Municipal. Several charming museums of interest include the Gaucho Museum, Juan Manuel Blanes Museum and the Professor Atilio Lombardo Museum and Botanical Gardens. Golfers should head to Club de Golf del Uruguay, a par 73 18-hole course along the Rio de la Plata.
The Rambla, or esplanade, runs the 17-mile length of Montevideo’s Rio de la Plata beach, where long walks, roller skating and fishing are favorite activities. The port also hums with shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the Port Market. Take the time to stroll through the market, enjoy street musicians, shop for artisan crafts and sample Uruguayan cuisine. Beef is central to Uruguayan dishes, as are torta fritas (pan-fried cakes) and seafood. For another unique taste and lazy afternoon stop, try the La Pasiva overlooking fountained Plaza Fabina. Panchos - hot dogs with spicy mustard - are the famous choice at this outdoor café.
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