Colonia

Carmelo


Rotating Bridge

Rotating Bridge

It was built in 1912, a great engineering construction of the 20th Century, and is considered to be the first rotating bridge in South America. Manually operated, tourists and locals use it, as it consists of a vital way to connect the city of Carmelo with the north coast, the east and the south of Uruguay. It was built by a German company and consists of 82 meters of iron that crosses the Arroyo de las Vacas.

The Vineyards

The Vineyards

Carmelo presents a varied wine route which adapts to each preference and palate. For those who seek a complete experience, Narbona, that has a hotel (reservas@narbona.com.uy) and a restaurant which offers products of its winery and dairy, could be the right choice. Whilst, in the Irurtia family’s winery (www.irurtia.com.uy) the visitor can appreciate the enormity and quantity of barrels that mass production generates; likewise in Los Cerros de San Juan (www.loscerrosdesanjuan.com.uy), whose grounds alone merit a visit. If the tourist craves a family experience and would like to see the process of wine making, El Legado Bodega Boutique (fan page deFacebook: “El Legado” Bodega Boutique) is a must. Almacén de la Capilla - Bodega Cordano (http://almacendelacapilla.wix.com/almacendelacapilla) offers its products in a shop and even has a room with a spectacular view of the vineyards. For its part, the Posada Campotinto (http://posadacampotinto.com/en) is another option to eat, stay or taste wines; for example, with a picnic amongst the vines.

Colonia del Sacramento


The Lighthouse and Covent Ruins

The Lighthouse and Covent Ruins

The ruins of San Francisco Convent, which was created in 1694, reveals a typical architecture from colonial times. The vestiges of this building which survived a fire in 1704 are enough to allow you to imagine what the structure of the building was like. Inside the convent is the Concepción Chapel. This temple, which was erected in a tower, later became the city’s lighthouse, whose construction began in 1845 by Juan Manuel de Rosas’ soldiers. However, the Guerra Grande (Great War) forced this work to be halted abruptly. In 1855 the construction was resumed, and two years later, in 1857, it was finished. Visiting the lighthouse not only allows you to have contact with a testimony of history, but also to enjoy one of the most privileged views of Colonia. A camera, therefore, is a necessary part of this trip.

Calle de los Suspiros – Street of Whispers

Calle de los Suspiros – Street of Whispers

This little, narrow, cobbled street is a symbol of the city, Colonia. In addition to its particular charm due to the beauty of the buildings there, it has a unique range of cuisine a few steps from the coast. Due to its angle you have a good view of the river and on windy days it generates a current that caresses the passerby. In this event a warm coat is your best friend.

Portón de campo- Country Gate

Portón de campo- Country Gate

It was reconstituted between 1968 and 1971, and shows signs that it had a drawbridge. It even has the bronze studs in its stones, which reveals the height of the wall in the colonial times. This gate is an icon of Colonia del Sacramento. Going there you notice a special cluster of tourists looking to take the perfect photo of this testimony of history.

Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos – San Carlos’ Royal Bull Ring

Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos – San Carlos’ Royal Bull Ring

The Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos is another icon of the city. Located four kilometers from the historical neighborhood this enormous structure is now held up by supports. The work is in the Mudéjar style and its ring of grass is circled by a stand. It was made by the architect José Marcovich and was inaugurated in 1910. Only eight official bull fights took place here, as they were forbidden in 1912 by the president José Batlle y Ordóñez. In the 1930s efforts were made to restart the fights only in this department and particularly in this ring, but the project failed.

Colonia al Este


Nueva Helvecia

Nueva Helvecia

This a center marked by the Swiss immigrants who arrived to this area of the department of Colonia carrying many of their traditions with them. In addition to the architectural details, the town stands out for the quality of its artisanal cheeses. Location: Route 1, km 121.

Colonia Valdense

Colonia Valdense

This colony of Italian immigrants from Piamonte was founded in the middle of the 19th century and is one of the most exotic towns in Colonia. To know the history of this place there is nothing like a visit to the Valdense museum. If, however, what you are looking for is rest, there is also the Club Náutico Concordia, on the Rosario River. Location: Route 1, km 121.